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Teacher Sues School over Suspension for 'Weapons' Charge: Showing Students Garden Tools
cnsnews.com ^ | April 22, 2013 | Craig Bannister

Posted on 04/23/2013 8:48:52 AM PDT by grundle

Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have filed a civil rights lawsuit against a Chicago public school district on behalf of a second-grade teacher who was suspended after he displayed garden-variety tools such as wrenches, pliers and screwdrivers in his classroom as part of a "tool discussion" in his class.

Despite the fact that all potentially hazardous items were kept out of the students' reach, school officials at Washington Irving Elementary School informed Doug Bartlett, a 17-year veteran in the classroom, that his use of the tools as visual aids endangered his students. Bartlett was subsequently penalized with a four-day suspension without pay - charged with possessing, carrying, storing or using a weapon.

The complaint charges that Bartlett "suffered humiliation, embarrassment, mental suffering, and lost wages, and was suspended for four days" - and asks for "nominal and compensatory damages" and for the suspension to be expunged from the teacher's record.

"This school district's gross overreaction to a simple teaching demonstration on basic tools such as wrenches and pliers underscores exactly what is wrong with our nation's schools," said Rutherford Institute Pres. John Whitehead.

"What makes this case stand out from the rest is that this latest victim of zero tolerance policies run amok happens to be a veteran school teacher," Whitehead said.

None of the tools were made accessible to the students. When not in use, the tools were secured in a toolbox on a high shelf out of reach of the students. They were used to demonstrate the proper use of tools.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: guncontrol; secondamendment; zerotolerance
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1 posted on 04/23/2013 8:48:52 AM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

I don’t think it is too hard to identify the “tools” in this story.


2 posted on 04/23/2013 8:50:58 AM PDT by newheart (The worst thing the Left ever did was to convince the world it was not a religion.)
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To: grundle

So I guess there are no vocational schools in Chicago?


3 posted on 04/23/2013 8:51:00 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: grundle

Garden tools? Methinks the educrat administration needs to be met with pitchforks and torches, buckets of warm tar and feathers.


4 posted on 04/23/2013 8:51:18 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: grundle

It sounds like the end of our educational system. Just read the propaganda, children.


5 posted on 04/23/2013 8:52:35 AM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: grundle

good grief

His real crime was letting the kids know there were such things as tools, which implies work.

Can’t have kids learning about work.


6 posted on 04/23/2013 8:52:39 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do ithat when I have a fire.)
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To: grundle

Earlier article stated that he showed a pocket knife. If true, then this article is carefully leaving out that detail. Zero tolerance after all is what they wanted.


7 posted on 04/23/2013 8:52:47 AM PDT by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Fur Shur we have another cadre of school administrators who should not be permitted to be in the presence of young children.


8 posted on 04/23/2013 8:53:03 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: grundle

Chicago must be the most stupidly run school system in the country!

Thank God he never planted me in Chicago for any length of time.


9 posted on 04/23/2013 8:53:36 AM PDT by basil
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To: grundle

What do they do in shop class?


10 posted on 04/23/2013 8:53:37 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: stuartcr

Was prob the Hoe that got him in trouble!


11 posted on 04/23/2013 8:54:20 AM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: grundle
My sista a hoe and she look nuttin like tat!
12 posted on 04/23/2013 8:55:20 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: grundle

Simple hand-tools are weapons in Chi-town schools. Wouldn’t want those young children, to find out about “working.”


13 posted on 04/23/2013 8:55:35 AM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: grundle

A big surprise that most of those kids will be on welfare or SS disability at 16 or 18 and then they will just call the landlord to fix stuff around the apartments, just like the James Evans and Nathan Bookman/Buffalo Butt.

The Chicago public schools figure they dont need tools for that, just babies.


14 posted on 04/23/2013 8:56:12 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: grundle
Did an original version of this story include a knife? Was that dropped from the story for some reason or did the teacher not bring a knife and the school freaked out about a screwdriver?

I still think the suspension over a knife would be silly, but it is an important point to the story.

15 posted on 04/23/2013 8:56:14 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: grundle

Inaccurate title. Screwdrivers and wrenches are not garden tools. Someone saw “garden-variety” and didn’t read further. Poor comprehension again.


16 posted on 04/23/2013 8:58:06 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: driftdiver
His real crime was letting the kids know there were such things as tools, which implies work.

Exactly so! He strayed from the official lesson plan, which was to show them an EBT card and an Obamaphone...

17 posted on 04/23/2013 8:59:49 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: grundle

Do they teach SHOP in high school anymore?

We were taught welding, fabrication, carpentry, blacksmithing, leathercraft, lapidary, and all types of skills that would send a modern teacher into spastic fits.


18 posted on 04/23/2013 9:00:35 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Do we now register our pressure cookers?)
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To: grundle

The purpose of “zero tolerance” is to manufacture white criminals because it is not fair that blacks commit a disproportionate share of crimes.


19 posted on 04/23/2013 9:00:42 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth." --Alan Greenspan)
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To: grundle

Its not like the teacher showed them a pressure cooker.


20 posted on 04/23/2013 9:03:15 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Conserev1

a dirty, motherless one at that


21 posted on 04/23/2013 9:03:36 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: grundle

22 posted on 04/23/2013 9:04:36 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: grundle

Certainly someone around here is familiar with kobudo...


23 posted on 04/23/2013 9:06:31 AM PDT by stormer
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To: grundle
Ma sista's a ho and she don look nuffin like dat !



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24 posted on 04/23/2013 9:06:54 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: stuartcr; windcliff
What do they do in shop class?

That's easy. They go online and buy things.

25 posted on 04/23/2013 9:07:14 AM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: rightwingextremist1776

damn .. shoulda known .. lol


26 posted on 04/23/2013 9:07:30 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: grundle
Government schools are child abuse.

Instruction in sodomy would have won him an award for tolerance and human rights.

27 posted on 04/23/2013 9:08:48 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: tomkat
lol....
28 posted on 04/23/2013 9:09:24 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Timber Rattler

No one there intends to work.


29 posted on 04/23/2013 9:09:31 AM PDT by Quickgun (I got here kicking,screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I can go out that way if I have to)
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To: grundle
I sent my GD to school with...

....to open her midmorning snack [a pear]. She knows how to use the tool safely.

The school went into lock-down, and her dad got a call at work.

He in turn, called me, mad as a wet hen! LOL

30 posted on 04/23/2013 9:10:06 AM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Our local high school does. My daughter filled out her schedule for her freshman year last week, and she almost took woodworking, but she chose Ag class instead as one of her electives.

Then again, she took a hunting certification course this year (8th grade) at her school. They take the first day of deer hunting season off the Monday after Thanksgiving in the local schools (and many workplaces, including my husband’s).

The first thing she asked after she passed her hunting certification class is if she could go squirrel hunting with the .22 rifle we bought her for Christmas.


31 posted on 04/23/2013 9:13:07 AM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (How long till my Arkansas drawl fades into the twang of southeast Ohio?)
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To: grundle

Here is the same event covered in WorldNet Daily:

http://cnsnews.com/blog/craig-bannister/teacher-sues-school-over-suspension-weapons-charge-showing-students-garden

It mentions a 2-1/4” pocket knife and a box cutter.

Now this is Chicago. Remember ComDem Insane Turf. Home of Obozo and Rahm Emanuel.

2-1/4” is exactly the size of the lockback pocket knife I carry. I have had something like that in my pocket since I was 7 or 8 years old. Always carried it to school after I got my first pocket knife. Thought absolutely nothing of it. And feel as naked without it as I do my keys or my billfold.

This is NUTS.


32 posted on 04/23/2013 9:13:32 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: grundle

The only thing that has prevented overall closures of the public schools as too dangerous to expose American youth to is that the teachers unions would then have to disband as completely non-functional.

A real lefty dilemma.


33 posted on 04/23/2013 9:13:58 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: grundle

If he had shown his other tool and talk about man/boy love all would be forgiven.


34 posted on 04/23/2013 9:14:26 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: I Drive Too Fast

makes sense in 2013


35 posted on 04/23/2013 9:15:17 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: KarlInOhio

The only “screwdriver” approved by the Chicago Public Schools is covered by a condom.


36 posted on 04/23/2013 9:15:44 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: grundle
Bartlett was subsequently penalized with a four-day suspension without pay - charged with possessing, carrying, storing or using a weapon.

Only in Chicago when GUN violence is high, would you think that a screwdriver is a weapon.

Should there be a tool registry at the local ACE Hardware to see if the buyer should be allowd to own a tool?

I wonder how many of the students have more access to a gun, then to a tool? And I wonder if they are in a single parent household and if they had gun violence in their young lives.

37 posted on 04/23/2013 9:18:10 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Deport all Muslims...yes, All Muslims!! No more Muslim Terrorists...Deport them all...)
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To: Conserev1
Was prob the Hoe that got him in trouble!

Or else he called a shovel a spade and someone got insulted.

38 posted on 04/23/2013 9:18:56 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (People are idiots.)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

I wanna be in that class.


39 posted on 04/23/2013 9:18:58 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: grundle

Do they still have Metal Shop and Wood Shop Classes in Middle School?


40 posted on 04/23/2013 9:22:00 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Compliance with Tyranny is Treason...)
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To: grundle

Shop teachers will be executed


41 posted on 04/23/2013 9:29:36 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Background checks, Mr. President? You first ...)
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To: Rio

Indeed, it was the knife that got him suspended. However, in his defense the claim is that the prohibition applies to students (no scissors in the class room or knives in the student lunchroom available to servers?). PC runamuck - I suspect most inner city kids have them available even if they don’t carry them to school.


42 posted on 04/23/2013 9:31:51 AM PDT by CedarDave (Marco Rubio takes a drink of water while the media swallows Obama's Kool-Aid)
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43 posted on 04/23/2013 9:35:58 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: CedarDave

Not that I entirely disagree, but if you plan to show your kids a knife and boxcutter better run it by the office first for this exact reason.


44 posted on 04/23/2013 9:37:41 AM PDT by erlayman
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To: grundle

Do they pat down for pens and pencils in those schools?


45 posted on 04/23/2013 9:40:37 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: Conserev1
Was prob the Hoe that got him in trouble!

There obviously wasn't a hoe present or they would have jumped all over the racist/sexist angle.

46 posted on 04/23/2013 9:49:29 AM PDT by Zack Attack
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To: grundle

If it’s a typical urban setting, these kids will certainly never see dad using a tool or be taught how to handle one. Seeing a tool might make the kids want to do some kind of work instead of becoming public charges. Oh, the horror!


47 posted on 04/23/2013 9:56:11 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: KarlInOhio

When Lil’ Miss was 3, I let her use a real kitchen knife to slice cucumbers from the garden to make pickles. All ten fingers survived without a nick and no one was decapitated. No one was blown to bits when the jars were put into two pressure cookers (lids off for hot water bath, of course). Let’s count how many strikes that is - child abuse, child labor laws, garden tools, sharp knives, hot stove, pressure cookers and conservative white Christian productive taxpayer. When Lil’ Miss was older, with permission of the principal who laughed off any concern, took convict-made weapons to school for show and tell. It’s frightening how much this country has changed in the last half dozen years.


48 posted on 04/23/2013 10:00:27 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

lol...we made swords, sai’s, throwing stars, anything we could fabricate out of metal that would injure another person. Metal Shop was awesome.


49 posted on 04/23/2013 10:05:00 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no foolin' around.")
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To: Rio

As always, the journalism majors and the headline writers are ignoring the facts of the story in an effort to gain ratings.


50 posted on 04/23/2013 10:06:57 AM PDT by Teacher317 (Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast)
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