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6-year-old expelled after taking plastic toy gun to school
WisTV ^ | 1/30/2013 | Jennifer Emert

Posted on 01/30/2013 6:44:29 PM PST by Former Fetus

SUMTER, SC (WIS) -

"You can fire it as many times as you want, it won't come out" said 6-year-old Naomi McKinney. "It's duct taped because it's broken."

McKinney took her brother's air soft gun to school January 4th. The school kept it.

"It was broken and I just wanted to show my friends it" McKinney said.

She never got that far at Alice Drive Elementary.

"I told Ms. Frye that I had the gun and she took it from my hand," said McKinney. McKinney was taken to the office and police were called.

Her father, Hank McKinney, admits some fault.

"I'll take some of the responsibility because I never had that talk with her," he said. "We don't check her. I didn't check her bag that morning."

But he feels the district's zero tolerance policy goes too far to not take into consideration the gun was just a toy.

"Maybe they can do these things case by case, instead of one size fits all," said McKinney.

District policy says it will expel any student who brings a weapon to school. A weapon means a firearm.

The district would only give us this statement: "The presence of a weapon or look alike is not allowed, and we work very closely with law enforcement when an incident of this nature arises. Sumter School District takes any potential threat very seriously."

McKinney is on Administrative Homebased Services, meaning home schools. The State Department of Education says that's illegal.

"Homebound instruction in South Carolina is permissible only for medically necessary reasons with appropriate documentation from the child's physician," said J.W. Ragley with the state Department of Education. "School districts are not permitted to claim the additional funding that goes along with homebound instruction."

They're sending their own letter to the district. The McKinney's can hold her out until first grade, home school her, send her to a private school, or virtual public charter school. Hank McKinney doesn't want his daughter behind because of a toy gun.

"If she fails for a legitimate reason, yeah, hold her back," he said. "But not over something like this."

The McKinneys can appeal the ruling to the district board, and they say they plan to do that.

Naomi has been out of school for 30 days and has received no home instruction. Sumter Board of Trustees Chairman Keith Schultz told us the board is planning to review the district's weapon policy. They'll hear an appeal if the McKinneys file one.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment; zerocommonsense; zerotolarance
Go to the video at the link and listen to Naomi McKinney explain her side of the story. It will break your heart.

I live in Sumter and was speechless this morning when I saw the story, front page in the local paper. What's happened to common sense?

In the comments, several people blame the parents for not checking her book bag before leaving for school. Say what? Are parents actually checking their kindergartners' bags every day, looking for "forbidden" items?

There is only one thing I would say to her parents: there are several private schools in Sumter, with a whole range of tuitions, and I'll bet that every one does a better job than the government school. So, take this as a warning and move your daughter to a private school!

1 posted on 01/30/2013 6:44:35 PM PST by Former Fetus
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To: Former Fetus

Hey - I used to live in Sumter. Stationed at Shaw from 83-88.


2 posted on 01/30/2013 6:48:11 PM PST by TomServo
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To: Former Fetus
Expelling a 6 year old for bringing A BROKEN TOY GUN to "school". Who are the REAL children in this society?
3 posted on 01/30/2013 6:48:45 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Now Playing. Obama II - The Revenge of My Father.)
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To: Former Fetus

It’s all about creating a culture that is not familiar with firearms, so they fear them, so they readily give them up.


4 posted on 01/30/2013 6:52:29 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Former Fetus

It’s all about creating a culture that is not familiar with firearms, so they fear them, so they readily give them up.

My response, if I could, would be to immediately enroll my daughter into a private school or teach her at home and I’d take her to the range on weekends so she doesn’t fear firearms.


5 posted on 01/30/2013 6:53:39 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: TomServo

Then you probably know that the Alice Drive schools are considered the “best” in Sumter. Real estate agents advertise homes as “convenient to Alice Drive schools”. Sad thing is, Sumter has one of the best (private) schools in the State just a couple of miles away... awesome SATs, happy kids...


6 posted on 01/30/2013 6:54:00 PM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Former Fetus

It’s about traumatizing children. Pavlov. If they could use a cattle prod they would.


7 posted on 01/30/2013 6:54:07 PM PST by WriteOn (Truth)
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To: Former Fetus

Government actively encourages practices that are immoral and harmful to children but seeks to criminalize normal human behavior, even among the smallest children. Just look at the contrast shown in the video between this child (and her dad) and the public school official with the rule book in hand. Which one needs to be locked up for a long, long time?


8 posted on 01/30/2013 7:02:07 PM PST by madprof98
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To: Former Fetus

About the only think I really remember about Sumter was the best bar in town. Mike’s Oyster Bar. Great beer, great food...Great folks and I always had an empty stool waiting for me. No matter how crowded. It was great. Lived in a nasty part of town....26 Shuler Street.


9 posted on 01/30/2013 7:02:40 PM PST by TomServo
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To: Former Fetus

Could be the best thing that could happen to a six year old. Now home school him and teach him how to be a patriotic American man ... because that’s never going to happen in a public school.


10 posted on 01/30/2013 7:03:24 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Former Fetus

“Academics” are very often the most narrow-minded, reactionary and petty people you will meet.


11 posted on 01/30/2013 7:05:31 PM PST by PGR88
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To: Former Fetus

With what is going on with that school board in Sumter those parents need to enroll her in one of those private schools!


12 posted on 01/30/2013 7:08:41 PM PST by MissEdie (America went to the polls on 11-6-12 and all we got was a socialist thug and a dottering old fool.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Expelling a 6 year old for bringing A BROKEN TOY GUN to "school".

Apparently a working Airsoft gun can cause eye injuries. So it makes sense not to allow them at school. Expelling a 6 year-old for bringing it is of course over the top.

13 posted on 01/30/2013 7:14:59 PM PST by wideminded
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To: Former Fetus

We have just about perfected stupidity!


14 posted on 01/30/2013 7:18:46 PM PST by vet7279
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To: MissEdie

Yes, with superintendent Randolph Bynum things are not going to improve any time soon! Google his name and be amazed!


15 posted on 01/30/2013 7:21:40 PM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Former Fetus

This is child abuse, and these #ing predators can go to Hell.


16 posted on 01/30/2013 7:28:59 PM PST by Gene Eric
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To: Former Fetus

Here’s what every parent should do... send their crumb crunchers to school with a toy gun. Let the school idiots expel all of them. It’d be the best thing that could happen for the kids’ education.


17 posted on 01/30/2013 7:33:15 PM PST by upsdriver ( Palin/West '16)
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To: WriteOn

Taser = human cattle prod.


18 posted on 01/30/2013 7:37:49 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Former Fetus

Wow, there are states that don’t ALLOW parents to home school?


19 posted on 01/30/2013 7:38:10 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Gene Eric
This is child abuse

exactly what I was about to post.

20 posted on 01/30/2013 7:40:03 PM PST by digger48
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To: Former Fetus

We have become a nation of “small kitty cats.”


21 posted on 01/30/2013 8:11:24 PM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: TigersEye
Now home school him and teach him how to be a patriotic American man ..

Yes, but not before little Naomi has a sex change operation!

22 posted on 01/30/2013 8:16:23 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: upsdriver

#17

I have a 6 and a 7 year old and I don’t check what they have in their book-bags when we leave in the morning. What the hell am I supposed to be, a grade school TSA agent? I would really be mad if this happened to them over something so ridiculous. But after all was said and done I think I would be relieved to know my kids wouldn’t be around these people any longer. I wouldn’t want them getting their ‘stupid’ all over my children.

I wonder what WOULD happen if 80 1st graders all showed up at school with water pistols one day. Little plastic water squirters in florescent green and orange. Would they expel every single one of them? I bet I know what they would do. They would decide to keep the kids in school and give them ‘counseling’ while getting the police to charge every one of the parents with neglect or something. Under no circumstances would they accept that it was a stupid rule.


23 posted on 01/30/2013 8:24:02 PM PST by servo1969
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To: Former Fetus

Most true “Airsoft” guns are not plastic toys. They are toys, but they are precision toys with metal and plastic parts that shoot real projectiles, albeit not that will likely injure you (well, unless you shoot someone from 10 feet away, then they hurt like the dickens).

I have a couple of “fake” airsoft guns, that shoot the same plastic bbs, but by direct spring power, not compressed air, and they would be considered “toys”, but they still hurt if you shoot someone from a few feet away.

My objection to this action is that we are required to pay taxes to support school, and are required to send their kids, and then the kids are required to follow restrictive rules, and can be expelled, but you don’t get your money back.

If school was optional, and you paid if you sent your kid, then I’d be fine with them setting any rules they want.

This is the problem with government, they almost have to do a one-size-fits-all, and it’s a crappy way to live your life.


24 posted on 01/30/2013 8:27:48 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Former Fetus

Public school teachers and administrators have become some of the most fantastically evil and rabid totalitarians in the world. They are shameless and conscienceless and cruel as hell. The LAST people they should EVER have ANY power over are children.


25 posted on 01/30/2013 8:45:35 PM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Revolting cat!

LOL Oops!


26 posted on 01/30/2013 8:54:49 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Former Fetus

Gun Control Fascism on Steroids.

The family sjould just permanently homeschool their child. A lot of private schools are just as bad as public schools now


27 posted on 01/30/2013 8:59:55 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Former Fetus
What's happened to common sense?

Common sense went out the door when the touchy, feely liberals took over the zoo.....

28 posted on 01/30/2013 9:05:06 PM PST by eeriegeno (<p>)
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To: Former Fetus

more proof government/socialism can never work.

they want to ban our guns and our individual rights and freedom. how about banning their stupid government and the news media then no more problems


29 posted on 01/30/2013 9:17:45 PM PST by Democrat_media (media makes mass shooters household names to create more & take our guns)
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To: servo1969

One time I forgot to check my 6-year-old’s hand to make sure he didn’t have fingers with him, and sure enough, he got to school, pointed his finger at someone, said bang, and got suspended for having an arm rifle.


30 posted on 01/30/2013 9:55:45 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT
"Most true “Airsoft” guns are not plastic toys. They are toys, but they are precision toys with metal and plastic parts that shoot real projectiles, albeit not that will likely injure you (well, unless you shoot someone from 10 feet away, then they hurt like the dickens)."

Your perspective "might" have a point if it was just toy guns that actually expel a projectile of some sort, but the "policy" also applies to things like charm bracelet symbols, cap pistols, water pistols, and other completely harmless items (and in some cases even drawing a picture or pointing your finger).

With NO distinction of any actual danger. The SOLE point of the policy is to punish the IDEA of "gun", i.e. brainwashing.

Any school board member who supports such a ridiculous policy should be voted out, and any school administrator or teacher who implements such a policy should be terminated.

31 posted on 01/31/2013 6:01:50 AM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: SeminoleCounty
A lot of private schools are just as bad as public schools now

Not in Sumter, praise the Lord! I have taught at one, substituted at another one, and know people who have attended a third one. They ARE good schools!

32 posted on 01/31/2013 8:31:44 AM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Former Fetus

http://ade.sumterschools.net/

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s education, please stop in, or give me a call at (803) 775-0857, or e-mail me at sheree.boozer@sumterschools.net. I have an open door policy and will be glad to meet or talk with you at your convenience. Our normal office hours are 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

We look forward to working with you this year!

Sheree T. Boozer
Principal


33 posted on 01/31/2013 9:06:45 AM PST by Zalmon
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To: Former Fetus

I have friends who work in the Sumter school district. I also work with people who live in Sumter. Bynum has done nothing except destroy a once decent school district.


34 posted on 01/31/2013 9:19:25 AM PST by MissEdie (America went to the polls on 11-6-12 and all we got was a socialist thug and a dottering old fool.)
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To: Former Fetus
BREAKING NEWS: expelled 6-year-old reinstated
35 posted on 01/31/2013 6:29:24 PM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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