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Posted on 09/20/2006 4:44:30 AM PDT by jmq
First-Grader Suspended Over Plastic Squirt Gun School District Says Policy Prohibits Exceptions
POSTED: 3:50 pm CDT September 19, 2006 UPDATED: 5:01 pm CDT September 19, 2006 Email This Story | Print This Story Sign Up for Breaking News Alerts KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A mother is angry that her first-grader was suspended from school over a plastic toy gun.
"I asked her, 'You're going to suspend my son for 10 days for this? He cannot harm a soul with this,'" said Danielle Womack, whose son, Tawann Caskey, was suspended from Milton Moore Elementary School.
KMBC's Natalie Moultrie reported that Tawann was suspended over a 2-inch plastic squirt gun.
"She told me it's a weapon, a little girl saw it and reported to a teacher that he had a weapon," Womack said.
According to Kansas City, Mo., School District policy, the squirt gun is a simulated weapon and a class IV, which is the most serious school offense. Moultrie reported that principals have no discretion in cases like Tawaan's. It is an automatic 10-day suspension.
"We ask our principals for safety of students and staff, and we do follow the code of conduct and do not give exceptions to Class IV offenses. We take it very seriously," the school district's Phyllis Budesheim said.
Moultrie reported that the incident will stay on Tawann's school record. But Womack said her son does not understand why he's not in school.
"I think this could have been resolved in a different way. It's wrong to bring it school, but come on, he's 6 years old. This would not hurt a soul," Womack said.
The school district said it is all policy -- one that the school told students and parents about at the start of the year.
"We regret that this happened. My feeling is that by not giving any exceptions, this young man will not bring a toy gun to school again," Budesheim said.
The school district said that the incident should be a reminder to parents to check their children's backpacks before they go to school.
Moultrie reported that Womack is waiting to state her case before a school district hearing Wednesday morning.
Nope. I just searched for "garden hose" on Google images and looked for one with someone spraying the hose. That one caught my eye.
agreed........I could tell you stories that would just piss you right off...but I usually won every battle ( one teacher failed my youngest son just because he could, that is the only battle I lost )but in light of the circumstances involved, I did not punish my son. But I used the example to explain about petty beaurocrats and the little bit of power they hold. He is a hard core conservative now.
Zero Intelligence = PC Zero Tolerance .
Kansas City, Missouri run by liberal democrats.
This is part of leftist anti-firearm brainwashing. School kids are punished and humilated for even talking about or drawing a picture of a gun. The hope is that these kids will grow up and become gun control supporters.
What bad record? By the time the kid is in second grade, he'll be boasting about it!
It is like with my daughter. We still boast of how, on her first day in kindergarten, she was sent to the principal's office for beating up a boy that cut in line in front of her...she was smaller, but she jumped on him and pulled him to the ground in a headlock.
He should have brought in a condom. They would have made him "Pupil of the Month".
My father was in a gun club at his middle school in the 40s. They had a shooting range in the basement of the school. He walked to school every Tuesday with his shotgun, put it in his school locker until school was over for the day, then went to the basement for the club meeting and shoot.
How times have changed. That was in Chester, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia then, a murder capital of Pennsylvania today. Can you imagine any kid doing that in today's PC world ?
LOL on full auto.....
I'm about to be 48 and in my 6th grade summer school in KC we had a rifle range under our gym where we brought our dad's 22 and shot short 22 to learn gun safety and aiming. This was a private school called Pembroke Country Day.
True. Back in the early 80's, my brother and I used to hunt before school. We would leave the shotguns i the Vice Prinicpal's Office while school was in session , then bring 'em home ON THE BUS at the end of the day.
Oh and get ready for this......this happened in NEW FRICKIN JERSEY!
Times have certainly changed my friends!
Or the mother continued to use her maiden name after she was married. That's not all that uncommon these days.
Now, I suppose TECHNICLY a water pistol could be filled with something other than water...something noxious or even harmful.
Would a six year old do that? WAS it filled with anything??
Its always the same with these quivering administors and school boards. common sense goes out the window because they have a "policy". [spit]
Many school districts don't even allow in military recruiters because of their association to guns, and for other PC reasons...
There are some awfully realistic looking squirt guns out there do you want to put the schools in the business of deciding which are realistic enough to fool other children or staff? Realistic enough to be mistaken by security staff for the real thing? IMO, the most even-handed way to avoid such difficulties is to issue a blanket ban on any sort of object gunlike enough to pass muster as a squirt gun.
And then, there is also the issue of what's in the gun children do some pretty stupid things for reasons often unclear to the adult around them; if their child gets a squirt of bleach or insecticide in he face are most parent going to accept the explanation that boys will be boys or it's only a squirt-gun anyway?
Finally, there's the question of why any child should be in the possession of any object that's sole purpose in a school is to distract and disrupt.
As for the response having been something as serious as a 10 day suspension, how else do you otherwise intend to get the child and their parents to take such questions seriously?
We are attempting to to raise children to understand that actions have consequences, and an important part of this process is the develop the ability to understand what will be required of them as adults - and in the current climate of concern with workplace violence, a squirt gun - realistic replica or not - is not part of the job description, And using one even as a joke - will likely get you in deep trouble, if not summarily fired.
all the more reason to close public schools and give choice back to parents ...
Are you completely NUTS???
Stop abusing your child, lady. Get him out of government school. They will traumatize him into thinking his every playful impulse is some kind of crime against the state. They're making a good little comrade out of him one trauma at a time.
Yes. As short a time ago as the fifties and sixties. And possibley even the 70s and 80s in some quarters. Not everyone in the country reacts to the sight of gun with a neurotic emotional breakdown.
Or maybe not. Imagine seeing all your classmates nekkid since kindergarten through all of lifes little pleasures. Like the onset of projectile vomiting when someone gets the flu. And so forth and so on ...
"Biology lab" might not be so appealing having seen, heard and smelled the full range of the human condition throughout childhood in living naked color. (or pallor as the case may be.)
Just a thought. ; )
Yikes, a toy squirt gun? School has changed so much in the decade or so since my son was a first grader. I suppose if the young boy had a condom with him it would be ok, and a lesson in safe sex would be held...