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Courageous Pennsylvania School Officials Nab 5-Year Old Terrorist
Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted on 01/20/2013 5:33:58 AM PST by Kaslin

It appears that my contest between the United States and United Kingdom for the most inane government policy how has to be augmented by a new contest between Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Just yesterday, I mocked Maryland officials for suspending two little boys for the horrific crime of playing cops and robbers (and noted that this is not the first time such stupidity has been displayed by Maryland school officials).

Preferred Weapon of al Qaeda

Apparently, the pencil-neck bureaucrats in Pennsylvania are jealous that their neighbors are getting a lot of attention, so they’ve branded a five-year old girl as a terrorist threat for talking about her pink toy gun that shoots bubbles.

Yes, bubbles.

Here are some of the absurd details from a local news report.

Talking with a friend about a pink toy bubble gun got a five-year-old kindergarten girl in the Mount Carmel Area School District labeled as a terrorist threat, according to an attorney.The incident occurred Jan. 10 while the girl was waiting in line for a school bus, said Robin Ficker, the Maryland lawyer retained by the girl’s family. …Talking with a friend, the girl said something to the effect “I’m going to shoot you and I will shoot myself” in reference to the device that shoots out bubbles. The girl did not have the bubble gun with her and has never shot a real gun in her life, Ficker said. Elementary school officials learned of the conversation and questioned the girls the next day, Fickler said. He said the girl did not have a parent present during the 30 minutes of questioning. The result, he said, was that the student was labeled a “terrorist threat” and suspended for 10 days, Ficker said. The school also required her to be evaluated by a psychologist, Ficker said. “This little girl is the least terroristic person in Pennsylvania,” he said.

In yesterday’s post, I speculated that it was a teacher who reported the little boys for playing cops and robbers and I said that teacher should be suspended.

I also said the principal should be fired for punishing the boys for acting like boys.

But after reading this story, I realize that I was being wimpy. These stories show that the time has come to end the government school monopoly.

We already know that government schools do a rotten job, consuming ever-larger amounts of our tax dollars for a system that produces very mediocre results (check out this chart if you don’t believe me).

But that’s just part of the argument for school choice.

We also need to protect our kids from being exposed to bureaucrats who are jaw-droppingly stupid.

“I want to work for the IRS when I grow up”

Actually, WordPress is telling me that “droppingly” isn’t a word. So maybe instead we should take Instapundit’s advice and reward these idiot officials with some tar and feathers.

And I hope the tattle-tale punk from the bus stop who ratted out the little girls is condemned to some sort of grade-school purgatory featuring never-ending wedgies.

On a more serious note, I hope the parents sue the you-know-what out of the school.

Then I hope Pennsylvania’s state legislature and Governor quit screwing around and implement a sweeping school choice plan, as they supposedly were going to do two years ago.

In this Situation, Would You Want Your Daughter to Have a Gun?

Even though I’m first and foremost an advocate of limited government and that’s the primary focus of this blog, I’m also glad to have the opportunity to promote the right of free people to keep and bear arms.

And readers seem to agree. The 4th-most viewed post of all time is the famous dictators-for-gun-control poster, while this satirical video is the 11th-most viewed (other Second Amendment-related posts in the top 16 can be seen here, here, and here, with the last one being quite relevant considering what’s going to happen on Monday).

It’s a matter of taste, of course, but I actually prefer videos. Here are some of my favorites.

Now I have a new one to add to the list. As you watch this video, imagine this is your daughter (or my daughter!). In this situation, would you want her armed?

The answer to my rhetorical query is obvious. Or at least it should be obvious.

And I think there’s at least one honest leftist who would give the right response.

Guns enable the weak and defenseless to protect themselves, as explained in this letter-to-the-editor. I don’t know if the letter is real, but the points it makes are accurate.

Let’s close with a few humorous videos on gun rights.

But if you like posters, bumper stickers, t-shirts, and other images, then here’s a post you’ll enjoy.

And don’t forget there’s still time to cast a vote for why you think the Second Amendment is worth defending.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: pachildterrorist

1 posted on 01/20/2013 5:34:06 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
YouTube link in the article

Somebody Picked the Wrong Girl

2 posted on 01/20/2013 5:39:12 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

A weapon of mass bubbles. Oh the horror!


3 posted on 01/20/2013 5:44:25 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: Kaslin

I am reminded the time, about ten years ago when Rep. James Moran (D-VA) was a victim of an attempted carjacking by a six year old brandishing a finger gun. Poor man was frightened out of his wits. I never heard if he needed therapy to recover, but I know it was a terrifying experience. Interesting though, when Rep James Moran (moron-VA) recounted the episode on national TV, he did not mention whether it was a semi-automatic or an assault style finger-gun.


4 posted on 01/20/2013 5:45:09 AM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: Kaslin

My understanding was that the five-year-old was the possessor of a pink Hello Kitty bubble gun and not the little pink whale gun as pictured. The Hello Kitty gun is capable of producing bubbles at a much faster rate than the little whale gun. Authorities are right to be alarmed. No one in contemporary American society needs to produce bubbles at the rate that the Hello Kitty gun does.


5 posted on 01/20/2013 5:58:25 AM PST by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: Kaslin

They need to start publishing the names and photos of these “officials.” Hold them up to public scorn and ridicule. This is the only way to stop this madness.


6 posted on 01/20/2013 6:00:05 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: mrs. a

Upon further review of the gun pictured, it appears to be a little pink DOLPHIN gun. Even worse.


7 posted on 01/20/2013 6:01:40 AM PST by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: mrs. a

I think you are right !! The Hello Kitty bubble gun should be banned out right!!. I think that it should be classified as an “Assault Bubble Gun”


8 posted on 01/20/2013 6:03:44 AM PST by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: Delta 21

They should ban all Hello Kitty items. They are only gateways to the deadly Hello Kitty Assault Bubble Gun.


9 posted on 01/20/2013 6:05:53 AM PST by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: Kaslin; fatima; Fresh Wind; st.eqed; xsmommy; House Atreides; Nowhere Man; South Hawthorne; ...
My favorite of the myriad articles on this incident (especially some of the video links).

PA Ping!

If you see posts of interest to Pennsylvanians, please ping me.

Thanks!

10 posted on 01/20/2013 6:12:33 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Delta 21; mrs. a
Hello Kitty bubble gun should be banned out right!!.

But the kitty bubble gun is legal. It is sold legally. Can't we all just have some fun ... legally?

11 posted on 01/20/2013 6:21:46 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: Kaslin
I never thought of the principal at our school as being anything other than a salesman (gladhanding for donations) but I'll give credit where credit is due:

A few months ago, a little kindergarten boy that has a few issues getting along with the other kids got mad at one of his friends. He made a 'gun' with his hand and told the other little boy, "I'm gonna shoot you". He did this in front of me and I saw the look in his face .... he was mad!

We did not over react. We did not suspend this boy. We did not put him on a terrorist watch list. We talked to him about appropriate ways to respond when someone makes you mad.He hasn't done that again

12 posted on 01/20/2013 6:22:14 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Molon Labe)
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To: Kaslin

If it saves even one life isn’t it worth it? I used to think the terrorists were recruiting midgets but now I know they were really five year olds with assault bubble guns.


13 posted on 01/20/2013 6:31:41 AM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: mrs. a

Hello Kitty or Pink Whale?

Just why does any child need to shoot that many bubbles all at once?
We need to start by limiting the size of the soap bottle.


14 posted on 01/20/2013 6:32:51 AM PST by paint_your_wagon
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To: Cowboy Bob
They need to start publishing the names and photos of these “officials.” Hold them up to public scorn and ridicule. This is the only way to stop this madness.

Start by confiscating all of their childrens toys.

15 posted on 01/20/2013 6:39:42 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: paint_your_wagon
why does any child need to shoot that many bubbles all at once?

Did not catch that ... the bubble guns are automatic bubble guns, multiple bubbles with one pull of the trigger. Burn the bubble guns! Make the kids turn in those bubble guns! Do it for the safety of the adults! Prosecute the kids and the adults supply these weapons. It is the left thing to do!

16 posted on 01/20/2013 6:42:03 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: paint_your_wagon

“Hello Kitty or Pink Whale?”

Well, check out the hair bow on the pink dolphin. Have you ever seen such a flagrant display of gang colors? The manufacturers should be ashamed.


17 posted on 01/20/2013 6:45:51 AM PST by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: Kaslin

I heard one of the bureaucrats stepped in front of one of the bubbles in order to protect the victim.

When asked he responded “ I’ll take a bubble for my children”


18 posted on 01/20/2013 6:46:11 AM PST by almcbean
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To: almcbean
one of the bureaucrats stepped in front of one of the bubbles in order to protect the victim.

It may have been another bureaucrat who produced the bubbles. Bureaucrats love producing bubbles. Those bubbles are money makers. On this thread we maybe are about to stumble into what bubbles are hazardous and what bubbles are not. One thought does come to mind ... There are no hazardous bubbles if a bureaucrat produces the bubble? Kids producing bubbles are entirely different. Lock up all bubble making apparatus played with by the kids!

19 posted on 01/20/2013 6:59:09 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: mrs. a

One can only wonder what kind of horrific bubble magazine that the Hello Kitty gun can employ.

I’m calling the police now. I fear for my life!


20 posted on 01/20/2013 7:03:22 AM PST by Delta Dawn (at)
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To: Kaslin

I am sure the five year old got a talk about how they are a threat to society, etc.....


21 posted on 01/20/2013 7:19:37 AM PST by CORedneck
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To: Kaslin

I think the best bet would be to create an Internet “Wall of Shame”, for these zero tolerance martinets. They shun being held up to ridicule like vampires shun garlic.


22 posted on 01/20/2013 7:28:08 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Kaslin

Two professions are failing our American society miserably—namely education and journalism. If one polled every university in America, I suspect that the average ACT/SAT scores in these two schools at each university would be the lowest of all. Yep, these two schools are the intellectual garbage dump at each university. If you can’t succeed in any other major, then go to either education or journalism. Success is virtually assured.

This is probably why is is so difficult to get intelligent decisions out of secondary school administrators. They just simply aren’t very smart. The same can be said about journalist, but in addition, they are also just plain lazy. How else can one explain how journalist eat up the liberal line coming out of Washington, and then proceed to regurgitate it upon the American public over and over again even when common sense dictates that the information is false.


23 posted on 01/20/2013 7:38:04 AM PST by Saltmeat
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To: unixfox

Confiscation.? No, but Pennsylvania is initiating a bubble-gun buyback program, offering Philadelphia Flyers tickets for bubble guns. On the days the tickets are valid, the Flyers will observe unilateral non-violence.


24 posted on 01/20/2013 8:04:30 AM PST by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: Tupelo

There was a little kid here just a few days ago who was suspended over the gun finger thing. No thanks to moronic adults, these kids are going to need therapy for the rest of their lives. It’s no wonder hussein was elected twice so far.


25 posted on 01/20/2013 8:26:48 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Kaslin

I find this very disturbing. What is in the minds of the administration and teachers that they would put a child through this? These people are sick.


26 posted on 01/20/2013 9:35:55 AM PST by Dennis M.
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To: bgill
THESE are the idiots that Wayne LaPierre says we need to be armed to protect our government schools? Armed? Oh My Gawd!
27 posted on 01/20/2013 10:49:44 AM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: mrs. a

You are right...the Little Kitty Bubble Gun comes with a high capacity magazine. I hear it can deliver over 100 bubbles dead-on the target!


28 posted on 01/20/2013 12:09:41 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Kaslin

Privatize it all. Let ‘em work and tell the truth for a living.


29 posted on 01/20/2013 3:42:56 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: no-to-illegals

These were armor-piercing bubbles.


30 posted on 01/20/2013 5:07:30 PM PST by almcbean
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To: P.O.E.

Thanks POE!!!


31 posted on 01/21/2013 6:38:47 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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