Skip to comments.Maryland school district outlaws hugging, homemade food, pushing kids on swings (St Marys County)
Posted on 03/19/2013 5:26:13 PM PDT by markomalley
The public education system in Maryland has officially gone off the deep end.
The Old Line State where kids have been suspended for making guns with their fingers and with toaster pastries now boasts a school district that prohibits hugging and homemade food in public elementary schools for anyone except a parents own children.
Parents must also register to enter the playground and they cant push anyone except their own kids on the swings.
The Enterprise, a member of Southern Maryland Newspapers, has the story.
Officials with St. Marys County Public Schools say the new rules are necessary to provide a generally safe environment.
A committee composed of parents and elementary school principals created the regulations after a handful of meetings last year. Other new rules include a ban on ad-hoc parent-teacher conferences. The distribution of birthday invitations on school grounds is also now verboten.
Were not violating anybodys rights, Superintendent Michael Martirano told The Enterprise.
We think its the right balance between safety and parental involvement, Kelly Hall, a school district official, explained to The Enterprise.
At the same time, parents were expressing some concerns, Hall added.
It is sad that it needs to be done for the safety of our children, parent Sherry Whittles told The Enterprise. Whittles added that she agrees with the new rules.
I think this is horrible, school board member Cathy Allen opined to The Enterprise. Elements of this are going to decrease parent involvement.
For whatever reason, Maryland has been ground zero for school districts propounding goofy laws lately. Until now, though, those laws seem to have been limited to restricting things that represent guns but arent actually anything like real guns.
At Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring, a six-year-old boy was suspended for making the universal kid sign for a gun, pointing at another student and saying pow. (RELATED: Pow! Youre suspended, kid)
A second-grader in Baltimore was suspended for two days because his teacher thought he shaped a strawberry, pre-baked toaster pastry into something resembling a gun. (RELATED: Second-grader suspended for breakfast pastry)
In response to the infamous breakfast pastry incident, a Maryland state senator has crafted a bill to curb the zeal of public school officials who are tempted to suspend students as young as kindergarten for having things or eating things that arent actually anything like real guns. (RELATED: Toaster Pastry Gun Freedom Act proposed in Maryland)
But I’ll bet their introduction to sodomy and birth control will not suffer.
St Killjoy’s Pubic Screw-holes....
And they wonder why homeschooling is on the rise.....
theez peeple last not less than 2 minutes in my kid daze when we sharpened sticks in the rough concrete sidewalks in 2nd grade to make shore our sticks were sharp enuf when we tooked on those 3rd graders.
Such as they are.
The free choice of totalitarian control, down to the tiniest minutiae of daily life.
I don' t even have a proper word for it.
Glad I grew up back in the 50s, back before all this PC crap. Kids were allowed to enjoy themselves and have fun.
C. S. Lewis coined it pretty well. See my FR homepage for the quotation.
The nation isn't lost because of a few **** ***** in the east coast.
My grandkids are in Colorado, I just found out they have to wear helmets in PE. When they play anything involving a ball it is a Nurf ball, they are NOT allowed to run at recess, they can play tag but must just walk and only use one finger to tag the other person on the shoulder only.
I am pleased to say, when they were telling me this they were laughing so hard because of how stupid the school was.
(Oh, and they can not stand Mickey obama because they said the lunches are so bad, they hardly ever eat them (no they must buy lunch))
I loath teachers unions and all that entails......we must get kids in home schools and the feds out of our lives.
It's more of a phrase. "Tyranny of the majority." or "Mob rule." will do.
That’s the result of having a marxist in the governor’s house and his minions running the state legislature.
I left Baltimore in 1966 and never lived there again. We had sane and competent teachers, principles and school administrators.
Today the insane rule.
there is great wisdom in a man that finds culture in the bottom of his yogurt cup
i think it would send an awesome message if people just stopped sending kids to public schools altogether. just knock all this pc, anti-boy, anti-competition, anti-thinking, zero tolerance bullcrap off. if nobody went, they’d have nobody to wreck.
imagine a usa without any public schools. we’d be so, so much better off, on the whole.
Thanks. Usually either Lewis or Chesterton nails it.
This is the correct answer. And we'd all be better off.
It always amazes me that people who went to school advocate school. Its value is very limited.
St Mary’s County was very remote and rural until fairly recently when the US Navy transferred thousands of its personnel from Northern VA to the Patuxent Naval Air base.
That influx would dramatically affect the county’s demographic, but I’d never have suspected the change would be in this direction. A few decades ago St Mary’s seemed heavily populated with genuine Amish farmers.
is that you not to step on any totes or barge in
These educational brueaucrats who won't allow kids to be active at recess are probably scratching their heads and wondering why childhood obesity is such a problem.
Oh how I miss the sound of that red dodge ball as it bounced off the head of some poor soul fool enough to pick up one of the loose balls the coach would randomly throw in.
Punch and kickball in the school yard. The after school fight behind the 5 and dime. Ringalevio at night with 50 neighborhood kids, dirt bombs and itchy balls optional.
The bicycle daredevils who set up the ramps and tried to jump garbage cans, at least once a month a limb was broken, or stitches required. Every sport played on concrete, no helmets lest you be called Mary.
We climbed trees, fell out of them and the emergency room at the local hospital knew all the local kids by name. The trauma doctor that coached my baseball team told me to rub dirt on it after a nasty slide ripped my leg open. Then he called me Mary.
In the winter we played sled derby on the snow covered hills, someone always getting cut up or maneuvered into a tree. We went from neighborhood to neighborhood to play football and hockey against other teams.
A broken finger was fixed with hockey tape and an ice cream stick. A bloody nose was stopped by shoving something up your nose, Stitches during games was done by the dad who was the medic while in Korea. (usually my dad)
That’s what being a kid was about.
you can. they'll still keep (and raise) your property taxes
That influx would dramatically affect the countys demographic, but Id never have suspected the change would be in this direction. A few decades ago St Marys seemed heavily populated with genuine Amish farmers.
Tourist brochures touting St. Mary's County's fruit stands, mom-and-pop eateries, and St.Mary's City, where colonial life is re-enacted make the area look like a bastion of traditional American culture, not wacky political correctness.
if eeveryone would pull them they’d have to lower the school prop tax part, they wouldn’t be able to justify current expenses. buildings would close,’besold, teachers would not be teaching, and let go.
Maryland is one ****ed up state. Its excessive over-regulation rivals that of California.
Sometimes I wish I were a guy so I could whip it out and take a leak when I really have to go and there are no bathrooms in the area (Such as a particular stretch of Interstate 75 to Tampa).
I remember dodgeball....
The kids were ruthless,lol. Head-hunting galore.
just imagine the horror if a pastry-shaper were swinging on a swing with a gun-shaped , home-made chicken finger!
oh that, can't speak for everywhere but in PA, the libs just love to escape the city (read: those yutes and the schools they go to) and move out into the country.
Telling their lib friends how they live out in Amish country and how peaceful it is but driving like lunatics behind the horse and buggy that has the nerve to be in front of them. They get them selves nice and dug in like tics in the local affairs and they next thing you know, having a bonfire is banned.
As is their cancerous way, they move into a new area and proceed to recreate the ruinous cr@phole that they fled.
That was how I knew it, but haven’t been down there in @ 20 years, well before the Navy move.
They’d have a new crisis of underfunded pensions and the former teachers would be hired to guard the empty building to make sure copper thieves don’t burn it down.
for the children.
Well, Michelle’s North Korean starvation lunch is supposed to cure that so now kids should be allowed to run at recess if they don’t pass out first.
Retiring overseas is looking more appealing by the day! Idiocy in the U.S. has become mainstream normal.
Thoroughly enjoyed your memories of a time when boys were taught young how to be men. Reminds me of my childhood when me and my dad were fishing at the bay shore. Someone else casting got a triple-hook caught in some poor kid's leg. My. dad pulled out his pocket knife, sterilized the blade over his zippo lighter and then dug the hook out of the kid's leg. Kid grimmaced but didn't cry.
Move to Idaho, there ain’t no trees here by me (you could pee behind) but good chance a man with just a smidge of right would make his give it block the wind.
i keft baltimore and the freak state after college when i joined the army in ‘74 and never moved back nor do i want to. family there so the occassional visit. unfortunatley colorado is turning into commierado, the freak state of the west.
“The distribution of birthday invitations on school grounds is also now verboten.”
I’m betting this one has less to do with “safety” and more to do with the other equally obnoxious trend of “mandatory inclusion”. I dealt with this first-hand in grad school, of all places.
I was informed that we couldn’t have a Christmas, - er, excuse me - “Holiday” office party unless we sent invitations to every department in the building. Otherwise, someone might feel left out.
I’ll lay better than even money that the Maryland schools are taking a similar line, and won’t allow birthday invites on school grounds because it excludes other (i.e. the not invited) students or some such.
There are still Americans that pee in their back yard when they want to.
if eeveryone would pull them theyd have to lower the school prop tax part, they wouldnt be able to justify current expenses. buildings would close,besold, teachers would not be teaching, and let go.
‘S ok. There are still Americans that pee in their back yard when they want to.
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‘They’ wouldn’t if she would quit yelling about tracking on the freshly washed floor...
Geeeeeeeeez... You can’t please some people even if you hang ‘em with a new rope......
Seems these fools go out of their way to OUT-IDIOT each other.
And you will more than likely find that the most that go to the next PTA meeting (or school board) will be on board with this foolishness.
Like they ‘used’ to say.
If you really want something outlandish, make it as stupid and off the wall as possible because the only ones that will show up to vote for it are the idiots that ‘love’ the idea, and those that don’t like it think it is too dumb to pass.
My ex would fit (or does) right in with these fools.
At gsons Baseball games she has been known to make such prolific statements as “why do they slide or let them dive for the ball, they might get hurt”.
To offset her I proudly (and loudly) proclaim -especially to my grandsons (3B/SS)
“Dive for EVERY ball, you may get lucky and make a great play, if nothing else chances are you will keep it from going into the outfield, and at the very least, EVERYBODY will say you are always hustling - because you are”
Tyranny of the minority is more like it!
east coast VS west coast.
just like rappers. yo’ , represent,dawg.
True, but it is another step in that direction.
This bites, but fortunately hasn't made ts way to MontCo yet. My autistic kindergartener gets hugs from her teachers/paraeducators as rewards for staying on task -- it would really set her regular classroom assimilation back several steps if that motivator was taken away from her.
Heaven forbid you should push another parent’s kid on a swing. He might get cooties or something.
I’d really like to know the actual reasons for these regulations, other than the “it’s for the children” meme.
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
Almost forgot . . .
People’s Republik of Maryland Nanny State PING!
They’re going to put the kids in a gelatin medium hook them up to life support tubes and plug their heads into a Progressive main frame computer. Red pill or blue pill?