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Boy disciplined after waving gun-shaped pizza slice
WKRN TV Nashville ^ | Dec 14, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 12/17/2011 11:36:36 AM PST by bkopto

For the rest of the semester, a Rutherford County elementary student has to eat lunch at the "silent table" for allegedly waving around a slice of pizza some say resembled a gun.

Nicholas Taylor attends David Youree Elementary School in Smyrna, about 30 miles southeast of Nashville.

School leaders say the 10-year-old threatened other students at his lunch table with a piece of pizza with bites out of it so it looked like a gun and when asked about it was initially not truthful.

Nicholas' mother LeAnn calls her son's punishment "absolutely ridiculous" saying he was just playing around and never said anything derogatory or anything about shooting anyone.

"The kid across the table from him said it looked like a gun so he picked it up and started shooting it in the air," she told Nashville's News 2 Investigates.

Taylor said she learned of the incident when the school sent her a note saying her son was threatening other students.

James Evans, spokesperson for the Rutherford County School District, said the boy isn't being punished because he had a piece of pizza shaped like a gun.

He's being punished because "some students reported he was making some threatening hand gestures, that he was shooting other kids at the table and they reported it to a teacher," according to Evans.

He continued, "The student didn't tell him the truth about it so he got silent lunch for six days."

Evans called the punishment minor but said the message is clear.

"I realize some might say we are going overboard but the principal is just trying to use an abundance of caution and send the message that we don't play about guns and it's not something we joke around about," he said.

To that, Taylor said her son knows he shouldn't play with guns.

"We don't have a gun in the house," she said. "He plays with light sabers. He's a big Star Wars fan."

In addition to lunch at the silent table, Nicholas has spent time with the school resource officer learning about gun safety.

Taylor said the school system has made it clear that if her son eats his pizza into the shape of a gun again and there is a similar occurrence, he will be suspended.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: arth; bang; guns; nashville; pizza; school; smyrna; tennessee
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1 posted on 12/17/2011 11:36:39 AM PST by bkopto
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To: bkopto

Shark jumping ...


2 posted on 12/17/2011 11:38:03 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: bkopto

“You’ll anchovy your eye out kid!”


3 posted on 12/17/2011 11:39:41 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop BIG Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: bkopto
The perp's next trick


4 posted on 12/17/2011 11:39:57 AM PST by steveo
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To: bkopto

This is my pizza, this is my gun,
One is for fighting, one for nom-nom.


5 posted on 12/17/2011 11:40:14 AM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: bkopto
In addition to lunch at the silent table, Nicholas has spent time with the school resource officer learning about gun safety.

I'd give a week's pay to be fly on the wall at THOSE sessions.

6 posted on 12/17/2011 11:40:20 AM PST by PalmettoMason ("The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.")
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To: bkopto

Lucky this kid didn’t nibble a Jesus picture ~ they’d taken him to federal prison!


7 posted on 12/17/2011 11:41:50 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: bkopto

These people have been “educated” beyond their intelligence.


8 posted on 12/17/2011 11:42:09 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: bkopto

Nicholas, that’s why mommy TOLD you not to play with your food. I know it was just a fake BB gun, but you could have put someone’s pretend eye out! No pizza for you for a week!


9 posted on 12/17/2011 11:42:56 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: USMCPOP

I’d guess that “school pizza” might be more of a risk than a gun anyway!


10 posted on 12/17/2011 11:45:28 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: bkopto
the school system has made it clear that if her son eats his pizza into the shape of a gun again and there is a similar occurrence, he will be suspended.

He should eat it into the shape of an extended middle finger.

11 posted on 12/17/2011 11:45:47 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: bkopto

meanwhile the same teachers think these kids are old enough to be encouraged into perverted sex.


12 posted on 12/17/2011 11:49:01 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: bkopto
Taylor said she learned of the incident when the school sent her a note saying her son was threatening other students."

"Mrs Taylor, your son has been threatening other students here at school."

"Oh my gosh, my little boy. That does not sound like him. What did he do?"

"He threatened some kids here at school with a piece of pizza."

"What? He threatened them with what? For a moment there it sounded like you said he threatened them with a piece of pizza."

"No, you heard correctly. He threatened other kids in the lunch room with a piece of pizza."

"Is this a prank?

"Mrs Taylor, I assure this is no prank and we are taking this matter very seriously. Our investigation shows your son threatened other kids with a piece of pizza."


13 posted on 12/17/2011 11:49:30 AM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: USMCPOP

I used to deer hunt with a guy from New Jersey. He’d put the deer in the trunk and THEN shoot it.


14 posted on 12/17/2011 11:50:46 AM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: bkopto

Student suspended for chicken finger gun
http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2001/05/31/ns_chicken010531.html
http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=55758

Pupil Suspended for Drawing Soldier
http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2001/3/26/184730.shtml

Arvada boy, 11, arrested over violent stick figure drawing
http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-arvada-police-arrest-11yearold-over-inappropriate-stick-figure-drawing-20110221,0,7099823.story

Boy, 6, gets suspended from school after making gun sign with fingers, pointing at classmates
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/boy-6-suspended-school-making-gun-sign-fingers-pointing-classmates-article-1.171515

More zero-tolerance insanity can be read here.
http://www.akdart.com/zero.html


15 posted on 12/17/2011 11:51:19 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: bkopto

I heard the sausage balls were hollow is why there was concern.


16 posted on 12/17/2011 11:54:17 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: BunnySlippers
Shark jumping ...

Today it's shark jumping, tomorrow it's Chuck E. Shumer demanding debate on mandatory circular pizza slices!

17 posted on 12/17/2011 11:56:28 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: bkopto

Some people just need shootin’, and these stupid school administrators are among them!

< /sarc >


18 posted on 12/17/2011 11:57:06 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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Need to bookmark this thread.
Thanks for posting.


19 posted on 12/17/2011 11:58:02 AM PST by moose07 (The truth will out, one day. +Merry Christmas to ALL FReepers.)
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To: bkopto

The lunatics are running the asylum. Every time you think you’ve heard the ridiculous something like this comes along. Next thing will be “thinking” about a gun or talking about a show that had a gun in it or thinking about thinking about a show that has a gun in it.


20 posted on 12/17/2011 11:58:44 AM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Want To Learn To Love Better, You Should Start With A Friend Who You Hate")
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To: gorush

Old habits die hard. You want to make sure they’re dead before you open that trunk in the pine lands.


21 posted on 12/17/2011 11:59:53 AM PST by meatloaf (I've had it with recycling politicians in any way shape or form. Toingss 'em out!)
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To: bkopto
In addition to lunch at the silent table, Nicholas has spent time with the school resource officer learning about gun safety...

Let me guess... the school gun safety officer is now teaching Nicholas how to nibble his pizza gun to have a safety lock? That he needs to register his pizza before shaping it? That he should never, Never... NEVER!! EVER!!! conceal his gun-shaped pizza?

22 posted on 12/17/2011 12:00:04 PM PST by C210N (Dems: "We must tax you so that we can buy our votes")
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To: bkopto

They should have waited until he ate it, then they could have charged him with carrying a concealed weapon.


23 posted on 12/17/2011 12:00:37 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: bkopto

You know how those black slices of pizza are. They all look like guns.


24 posted on 12/17/2011 12:00:50 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: bkopto
Another example of schools attempting to mentally castrate boys.
25 posted on 12/17/2011 12:02:08 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: bkopto

In my experience, the people who make public school pizza should be punished


26 posted on 12/17/2011 12:03:25 PM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: gorush
He’d put the deer in the trunk and THEN shoot it.

LOL! I was TDY at a remote site on a government reservation, and part of my duties were maintaining an old sattelite link. A tree had grown over the years and was partially blocking the signal.

As I was complaining about the paperwork maze and environmental impact statements for removing the tree, a super-sized (6'6") Senior Airman from NJ said: "Sarge, go take a break for a while"

When I came back the tree was GONE. Completely dissapeared. Like it had never been there.

/johnny

27 posted on 12/17/2011 12:06:08 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks bkopto.
School leaders say the 10-year-old threatened other students at his lunch table with a piece of pizza with bites out of it so it looked like a gun and when asked about it was initially not truthful.

28 posted on 12/17/2011 12:08:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: bkopto

One of my students made a model of a Sten gun for a project and showed it to me yesterday. I thought it pretty cool myself.


29 posted on 12/17/2011 12:09:46 PM PST by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: bkopto
Was it loaded?


30 posted on 12/17/2011 12:14:43 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: bkopto

Sounds like a Monty Python skit.
“Today’s lesson: How to defend yourself against an attacker armed with a slice of pizza”.


31 posted on 12/17/2011 12:15:48 PM PST by rfp1234 (RFP's Law: Whoever blames Bush first shall lose the argument.)
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To: EGPWS
I cant tell you for how long I've been demanding that this nation need to enact some common sense pizza control laws!
32 posted on 12/17/2011 12:16:59 PM PST by skimbell
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To: rfp1234

What about a pointed stick?


33 posted on 12/17/2011 12:17:01 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: bkopto

School is not the place to be playing with a piece of left over pizza shaped like a gun, and should be cause for punishment.

There is a time and a place for kids to gawk at live suicides on their cell phones, watch videos of zombies eating flesh, where everyone is armed and blowing each other away. There is plenty of time for these activities after school.


34 posted on 12/17/2011 12:22:54 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: skimbell
I cant tell you for how long I've been demanding that this nation need to enact some common sense pizza control laws!

It will save lives and ANY tax money spent on the "the Bureau of Pizza Death and Dismemberment Regulation Department" is well worth the cost!

Our children deserve the chance at a fulfilling life!

Sausage and pepperoni makers MUST pay their fair share to society to protect us from this scourge of destruction.

35 posted on 12/17/2011 12:27:23 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Flycatcher

“He should eat it into the shape of an extended middle finger. “

He should constantly hold up donuts and bagels to the administrators.


36 posted on 12/17/2011 12:29:18 PM PST by eartrumpet
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To: bkopto
that he was shooting other kids at the table and they reported it to a teacher," according to Evans.

Tell me how it is possible to shoot other kids with a piece of pizza. Liberals are flat out insane and parents who let these scum bags get away with this lying BS need to be horse whipped.

37 posted on 12/17/2011 12:29:41 PM PST by calex59
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To: headstamp 2
You know how those black slices of pizza are. They all look like guns.

Photobucket

~snort

38 posted on 12/17/2011 12:33:32 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: bkopto

When I was in junior high school (back in the early 70’s) it was not uncommon for about a half-dozen of us to walk through the neighborhood with our BB and pellet guns. We’d go over to the abandoned gravel pit on Allisonville Rd. and shoot up whatever we found; cans, bottles, birds, whatever. Just not each other. Then when the ammo ran out we went home and played basketball or football.

Can you imagine what would happen if the kids in my neighborhood tried that today?

Another point; my sister in law insisted that my nephew not play with toy guns so she wouldn’t buy any for him. When I was over at their house visiting, he was out in the yard using a stick he found as his toy rifle. So much for that idea. Now he and my son both attend Purdue; the other day they were looking at information on Tiger tanks on the internet.

Boys will be boys, you cannot legislate against it.


39 posted on 12/17/2011 12:37:15 PM PST by henkster (Obama regime mission statement: "Find the people working, and stop them!")
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To: JRandomFreeper; gorush

I’m guessing he came from “Pretty Much Alabama”, “Pineys”, or “Farms and Army Bases” per this map:

http://i.imgur.com/Pwnf4.jpg


40 posted on 12/17/2011 12:40:07 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: bkopto
"...that he was shooting other kids at the table..."

With...a piece of pizza. Ok. Right. What were the "bullets" made out of? Black olives?

41 posted on 12/17/2011 12:41:43 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Attacking Wall Street because you're jobless is like burning down Whole Foods because you're hungry.)
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42 posted on 12/17/2011 12:42:40 PM PST by McBuff
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To: bkopto
School leaders say the 10-year-old threatened other students at his lunch table with a piece of pizza...he was making some threatening hand gestures, that he was shooting other kids at the table...

Teachers like this are from another galaxy, far, far away.

43 posted on 12/17/2011 12:45:29 PM PST by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: JimRed

Awww ... Stick the kid in jail for thirty days with the ninety year old woman yesterday who didn’t mow her lawn.


44 posted on 12/17/2011 12:47:45 PM PST by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: donhunt

Seven day waiting period to buy a pizza.

When pizza guns are illegal only Italians will have them.


45 posted on 12/17/2011 12:52:02 PM PST by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: bkopto

Geez how times have changed. When I was in kindergarden many moons ago we had one Graham cracker square and a carton of milk for a snack. First thing I did was bite off a corner and voila crude gun shaped cracker to point. And I’m a woman.


46 posted on 12/17/2011 12:55:33 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (Dear Santa....I can explain.)
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To: McBuff

Say ‘allo to my little friend!


47 posted on 12/17/2011 12:57:25 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Anybody but Romney or Obama)
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To: bkopto

He should instead have smuggled 3,000 military guns to Mexican drug-dealers (resulting in 3,000 Mexican deaths).

THAT way, he’d get off scott-free.


48 posted on 12/17/2011 1:00:58 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Kirkwood

This one takes a few seconds to draw so there is time to prepare:

http://footage.shutterstock.com/clip-1615855-stock-footage-slice-of-pepperoni-pizza.html

It was some good pizza too from a place calle Pie-tanza. I go for supremes, my wife likes the pepperoni.


49 posted on 12/17/2011 1:13:10 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: bkopto

50 posted on 12/17/2011 1:20:41 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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