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Kindergartener Receives 10-Day Suspension for NERF Gun
Guns.com ^ | 10.11.2012 | S.H. Blannelberry

Posted on 10/14/2012 2:04:59 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Kindergartener Receives 10-Day Suspension for NERF Gun

There’s nothing more innocuous than a NERF (Non-Expanding Recreational Foam) gun – right?

Well, not if you’re an administrator at Duchesne Elementary School of Ferguson/Florissant School District in Missouri. Apparently, a toy gun that shoots foam-based projectiles presents a clear and present danger to students, faculty and staff.

To clarify, on Monday, school officials meted out a 10-day suspension to a five-year-old who brought his NERF gun to class.

That’s correct. 10 days for a NERF gun.

The principal of the School, Katie Sanders sent a letter home to the parents explaining the reason for the suspension, in it she said, “providing a safe environment that allows children to learn is our first priority. Please take this opportunity to remind your children that no weapons of any kind are allowed on school property and encourage them to report unsafe situations.”

There’re at least two obvious problems with that statement, (a) the notion that a NERF gun jeopardize the safety of children and (b) the insinuation that a NERF gun is a weapon (It’s not a weapon; it’s a harmless toy).

Though, trying to impart this common sense to politically correct drones is like, well (to use an oldie but a goodie), talking to a brick wall.

Needless to say, the mother was dumbfounded by the entire situation.

"I'm having trouble explaining to my son, who was excited to start school, why he is in so much trouble for a toy that he received as a Christmas gift,” Tamoya Smith told Examiner.com in an interview.

In an attempt to contest the punishment, Smith went up the administrative ladder and made an appeal to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: banglist; kindergarten; nerfgun; politicalcorrectness; publiceducation; publicschool; zerotolerance
These public schoool educators must be very proud of themselves ... they "protected" the school from a five-year-old kid with a NERF gun.
1 posted on 10/14/2012 2:05:09 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

My child would not be going back there.


2 posted on 10/14/2012 2:06:24 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: All

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3 posted on 10/14/2012 2:06:47 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER
I don't see how a parent could allow their child to set foot in one of these insanity factories.

And don't say it was better in the old days. It may have been less evil. But, it was always an evil concept. Our parents didn't know that. We do.

4 posted on 10/14/2012 2:09:57 PM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (Democracy = Communism on the installment plan.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Ten days where the kid can be educated. (It was a miracle that nobody was shot and injured by that gun. /sarc)


5 posted on 10/14/2012 2:12:12 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("I Believe In The Law Until It Interferes With Justice")
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To: DogByte6RER

Ms. Sanders needs re-education, she’s obviously severely harmed by leftist propaganda. Twenty-four hours of solitary confinement watching continuous showing of “Red Dawn” should suffice.


6 posted on 10/14/2012 2:12:16 PM PDT by Rennes Templar (I'm starting a business. Who's going to build it for me?)
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To: DogByte6RER

Obviously, the administration cares more about making a political point than about the child’s education. The parents should take this seriously, and plan to homeschool or private school until their son graduates. It’s only going to get worse in the Democrats’ Indoctrination Facilities as their son gets older.


7 posted on 10/14/2012 2:12:17 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I am relentlessly reasonable. Mrs. Don-o said so.)
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To: DogByte6RER

1. The school is overreacting due to the political environment of fear.

2. Even when I was a child, we were not allowed to take toys to school unless it was for Show and Tell. It wasn’t even a question of whether the school would allow it, but it was our parents who said NO.

3. Did the parents allow him to take the TOY to SCHOOL?


8 posted on 10/14/2012 2:13:24 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: beaversmom
My child would not be going back there.

I don’t know where else you would send your kid. I think all of the public schools are the same.

Private military academy maybe or home school.

9 posted on 10/14/2012 2:14:44 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Well.... if it’s like the one in the picture, it is a SEMI-AUTOMATIC.


10 posted on 10/14/2012 2:15:58 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Well.....this toy...is a toy...not a gun...it does not discharge a round using a propellent, it uses a puff of air. Further examination, classifying a NERF toy as a gun indicates that this is not a toy....wait....it is a toy..
Sad...our great Republic has devolved in soooo...many...ways.


11 posted on 10/14/2012 2:16:38 PM PDT by Fully Awake DAV (Navy Vet when homosexuality was not tolerated)
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To: UCANSEE2

The way to deal with a toy a child brought to school is for the teacher to hold onto it until the end of the day, and then have the child take it home, following a stern lecture about not bringing his toys to school.


12 posted on 10/14/2012 2:18:12 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I am relentlessly reasonable. Mrs. Don-o said so.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Thank Goodness this mess wasn't around in the Grade School I went to.....No telling how many Origami Paper guns I made for classmates! I would have been expelled for life....LOL
13 posted on 10/14/2012 2:18:54 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: DogByte6RER
There’s nothing more innocuous than a NERF (Non-Expanding Recreational Foam) gun – right?

Well, not if you’re an administrator at Duchesne Elementary School of Ferguson/Florissant School District in Missouri. Apparently, a toy gun that shoots foam-based projectiles presents a clear and present danger to students, faculty and staff.

To clarify, on Monday, school officials meted out a 10-day suspension to a five-year-old who brought his NERF gun to class.

Ten days, for the NERF Maverick? I'd have brought the NERF Vulcan, and attempted to get a full month:


14 posted on 10/14/2012 2:19:39 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: DogByte6RER

Here is some contact info, lets let them know how we feel.

Mailing Address: 100 S Florissant Rd, Florissant, MO 63031
Principal or Admin: Katie Sanders
Phone: (314) 831-1911
Fax: (314) 831-1914

Administration
Superintendent’s Office
1005 Waterford Drive
Florissant, MO 63033-3649
Phone (314) 506-9004
Fax (314) 506-9010
E-mail info@fergflor.org

Board of Education
E-mail boe@fergflor.org


15 posted on 10/14/2012 2:21:29 PM PDT by ConservativeChris (I feel like Marvin Boggs!)
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To: Pontiac
<> I know. It's getting to where they are all the same no matter where you go. My kids go to charter right now. The director is a great guy. I believe a conservative. I know weapons are not allowed, but not sure what their policy is/would be over a nerf gun! I know my kids have been able to mention guns and shooting at the school. Hopefully they wouldn't be as stupid, but you never know.
16 posted on 10/14/2012 2:22:39 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: UCANSEE2
You're only taking my Nerf out of my cold, suspended hands.


17 posted on 10/14/2012 2:25:46 PM PDT by Tuanedge (Warriors victorious in a hundred battles, flee when a tiger enters their tent.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Better send in the TSA. You never know how much damage a Nerf gun can do.


18 posted on 10/14/2012 2:43:11 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Now instead of aspiring to be a policeman, this child will become a lawyer.

How was the child to know he wasn’t supposed to bring the scary extremely dangerous toy gun to school? Is there a warning label anywhere on it?


19 posted on 10/14/2012 2:46:30 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: DogByte6RER

Have you noticed that it’s okay if the Left has zero tolerance? All the rest of us have to be tolerant 100% of the time.


20 posted on 10/14/2012 2:54:44 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (We should ignore the absurd peripheral, and focus on the absurd Obama. People died. He lied!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Unfortunately, they won’t protect the five year old from “disadvantaged” children who might beat him up for his money, if he’s in the wrong demographic or they’ve hit their quota for disciplining black hooligans.


21 posted on 10/14/2012 3:26:34 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: DogByte6RER

I for one am traumatized just by the picture of that semi-automatic high capacity NERF assault gun on FR.


22 posted on 10/14/2012 3:28:02 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (Why do cops have more lenient ROEs when facing us than troops in combat facing suicidal islamists?)
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To: DogByte6RER

Kid should’ve brought a potato gun. If you’re gonna get suspended, might as well be for something that can take an eye out.


23 posted on 10/14/2012 3:33:45 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (Romney has run a business, an Olympics, and a state. Obama has never run anything but his mouth.)
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To: DogByte6RER
if we made gun safety instructions mandatory in all public schools we wouldn't have these kind of sick gun phobic fools twisting our children like this
24 posted on 10/14/2012 3:38:59 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: DogByte6RER

The 10day suspension tells us that this ass-principal understands that there isn’t an ounce of merit to her “feelings”.


25 posted on 10/14/2012 3:39:16 PM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: UCANSEE2

Assault Toy!


26 posted on 10/14/2012 4:23:45 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: DogByte6RER

Many times, Zero Tolerance equals NO BRAINS!


27 posted on 10/14/2012 4:25:04 PM PDT by BobNative
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To: DogByte6RER

Whoa, a nerf gun! I just hope he didn’t bring any ammo!


28 posted on 10/14/2012 4:27:06 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Even though my son didn’t get a suspension, his teacher did send home a note with a “knife” from a Legos set (about 3/4” long) tape to it saying, “Please remind your son not to bring weapons to school”. Bureaucrats are crazy insane...


29 posted on 10/14/2012 4:47:45 PM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: beaversmom

you’d have to leave the entire publik skool system, not just the one skool.


30 posted on 10/14/2012 6:13:42 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Forgotten Amendments

most places could still operate on common sense, even if they were mostly left leaning. now they can’t with the zero-tolerance, we can’t think and use common sense policies.


31 posted on 10/14/2012 6:15:44 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Every school board member should be informed that if this is allowed to stand, if they do not take action to straighten out this smug “educator” Candice Reese, that the citizenry will work tirelessly for their replacement.


32 posted on 10/14/2012 6:42:48 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
you’d have to leave the entire publik skool system, not just the one skool.

Yeah, you're right. Still, I couldn't send a little kid back after that. It's like the sexual harassment thing that has happened a few times for a 6 year old (whatever age) kissing a girl on the playground. They are terrorizing little children.

33 posted on 10/14/2012 9:48:31 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Tax-chick

Or.... hold onto the toy until the child brings a signed note from the parents stating that they are now aware he brought an ‘outside’ toy to school.


34 posted on 10/15/2012 1:17:43 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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