Skip to comments.Maryland lawmaker introduces bill after pastry 'gun' suspension
Posted on 03/09/2013 11:02:52 AM PST by servo1969Edited on 03/09/2013 11:03:54 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
A Maryland lawmaker has introduced legislation after a 7-year-old boy in his district was suspended for shaping a pastry into what his teacher thought looked like a gun.
The Star Democrat reports that Republican Sen. J.B. Jennings introduced a bill that would prohibit schools from suspending students for seemingly harmless childish acts, such as playing games with fingers pointed like guns or chewing food into the shape of a firearm.
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A law where common sense should suffice isn’t the best option in my opinion.
People need to get off their butts and fix the schools.
They actually need a LAW for that???!!! Pathetic.
So sad that we’re at the point where a legislator has to even cosider proposing legislation like this.
Agreed. They need to discipline or fire the jerk who did this. They don’t need another law. They already have about a hundred thousand of them.
Common sense. Rationality. It’s what the kids need, and they aren’t likely to get it if none of their teachers have it.
Legislation like this from the Radical Right will never pass muster in heavily Democrat Maryland.
You're right, stupidity can't be legislated away. This should be handled locally with those responsible being fired. A few people losing their jobs would greatly discourage further stupidity.
I would be very, very interested to see a televised debate on this bill.
This should be handled locally with those responsible being fired. A few people losing their jobs would greatly discourage further stupidity.
That isn't going to work either. I'm sure the person or people responsible for this stupidity and similar stupidity regarding mark-believe guns and toy soldiers in our public schools, are protected by union contracts and cannot be fired for such stupidity.
The obvious alternative is to either use legislation to cut off the money (it's our money after all) or, if that fails, withdraw into conservative communities where we can control the schools and get rid of such stupidity.
To reduce this type of incident in the future, Maryland should have a pastry buyback program.
U R funny. Maybe all parents should send their kids to school with toy guns.
Yes, when you have to have laws to legislate common sense you know this country is screwed.
A silver lining in leaving things the way they are, is that kids will learn to disrespect authority, as it is an arbitrary force. The parents might pick up that lesson too.
Shame it takes a bill.
The time is coming where even mentioning the word gun will get a student suspended from school. Liberalism is that damned plague that will bring this country down.
“Maryland should have a pastry buyback program.”
The problem isn’t limited to pastry. Yesterday I saw an eggroll that looked like a supressor.
I was suspended for three days, when I was in high school in the 1960s, for having shirt tail out. My life was ruined by that one incident. I could only get the most lowly type of jobs, like busboy or "community organizer" and was turned down by Harvard even though I had a scholarship. /sarc>
Common sense should not require new laws. Laws should require common sense.
1. Michigan: School confiscates cupcakes decorated with Toy Soldiers A woman made a batch of cupcakes for her sons classmates. Her 9-year-old son decorated them with plastic soldier figurines. The mother was called shortly after delivering them and was told they couldnt be served because the soldiers had guns.
2. Maryland: Pop-Tart Pistol?: 7-year-old gets suspended for gun-shaped pastryThe child claims he tried to make it into the shape of a mountain but it turned out looking more like a gun. Obviously he was suspended for two days. PS- students are being offered counseling services if they were troubled by the pastry incident.
3. Colorado: Colorado boy, 7, reportedly faces suspension for tossing imaginary grenadeHe was just trying to save the world from evil forces but apparently that flies in the face of the schools no weapons, real or imaginary, policy. He doesnt understand why he was dispended, either.
4. Maryland: 6-year-old boy suspended for pointing finger like a gun got off easyJust suspension, not expulsion? The author of this article quips, Soon, six year-old children will be forced to sit indoors playing Sensitivity Training and delivering Powerpoint lectures to each other on Safety Within the Home and Workforce Best Practices.
If you want to fix it, fire those responsible for this nonsense.
Any teacher or school board member who does not have the intelligence and common sense to distinguish between a harmless childish action and a real gun threat is not sufficiently intelligent or mature to be teaching children right from wrong.
It’s quite frightening to realize that our society has reached the stage where laws like this are needed.
Not a bad idea- I'm sure the kids were severely traumatized by the behaviour of the school officials ;-)
Too bad the teacher who reported isn’t out of a job.
I started to reply but clicked on your name first and saw that you too live in Illinois.
For many years now, right here on FreeRepublic, I've seen people suggesting or asking, "Why don't you just move out of that liberal hell hole"? What I've found is that it's a whole lot easier said than done.
If I were single, younger, jobless, no family ties, not a property owner, then and only then, it might be simple to pack up and move, except that in that case one probably wouldn't have the money to move.
"Why are you still here"? I'm sure you've been asked the question in some form or other. Most likely for some or all of the reasons I mentioned. It would be almost as difficult for me to move within the state.
I am retired now but my wife is not but we are still looking at Missouri, where people are a bit freer than here. It will be difficult leaving kids, grand kids and great grand kids behind but we would still be within visiting distance (about 300 miles). We still have two middle school age children at home too.
I don't believe there any easy solutions to the liberal pestilence that infests our country.
I don’t move from Maryland for many ofthe reasons you mention. But if I were going to move I would look into Oklahoma.
While its radically more liberal than when I was there in the early 80s, my old high school still has at least some common sense going on.
I saw in the newspaper that they had a bomb threat yesterday. They didn’t evacuate the school. They kept students in the classes they were in at the time, had the teachers look for anything out of place, and staff look around in other areas and had a bomb sniffing dog go through for a quick once over.
New school laws that will soon come about:
All Staplers to have a fixed magazine of only 5 staples at a time. No noise suppressors can be attached. No staple remover can be affixed to Stapler.
Any student wishing to use a Stapler must prove he has had at least 2 weeks of training in use of said Stapler.
Students also must never refer to Staplers as “Staple Guns” as this could cause undue stress on teachers and cause unnecessary lockdowns and possibly some canine pets in the local area of the school.
Pupils wanting to use (Map/Thumb) Tacks and/or, all/any pointy items to be required to take a “Anger Management” course. Those passing said course can be appointed to “Tack Monitor” if Teacher is unavailable.
Thoughts of my weird mind.
With these I could run for office as a Dem. and win easy.
this actually needs legislation?
It should not have had to come to this.
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
LOL......well I hope you learned your lesson!
It would be much better for everyone concerned if this legislator would introduce a bill to disband and prohibit Teachers Unions.
No. It's an idiotic bill in response to an idiotic action. We cannot create laws to account for every single occurrence of stupid behavior.
The guy who came up with this bill may be well-meaning, but he's stupid. Might as well be a Democrat.
It doesn't have anything to do with common sense and rationality. Columbine ushered in a whole slew of "zero tolerance" policies that teaching faculty are obligated to enforce. It's easier to simply suspend the kid and keep your job than to use discretion and risk losing it.
That's why we now have no shortage of these crazy stories that make no sense to anyone --except to those in the teaching profession.
In other words, we need fewer laws, not more of them.
I love living in Maryland. I live in a rural, conservative part of the state, and I steer clear of the urban and suburban hell holes.
This is being discussed on Fox and Friends now.
bump for later