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  • Innocent Victims of Gun Control: The Eagle Scout

    05/02/2013 8:55:39 AM PDT · by JohnPierce · 11 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | May 2, 2013 | John Pierce
    --IMAGE HERE-- I would like for you to meet Cole Withrow. In addition to being an Eagle Scout, Cole is an honors student and high school senior in Johnson County North Carolina … at least he was until recently. Now, he is charged with a felony, expelled from school weeks before graduation, and sees his college plans crumbling since he will not be allowed to graduate. All of the hard work he has put into becoming a successful member of society is threatened. Cole is the epitome of what I am talking about when I say that gun control does...
  • Teacher Sues School over Suspension for 'Weapons' Charge: Showing Students Garden Tools

    04/23/2013 8:48:52 AM PDT · by grundle · 77 replies ^ | April 22, 2013 | Craig Bannister
    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...
  • Maryland school district outlaws hugging, homemade food, pushing kids on swings (St Marys County)

    03/19/2013 5:26:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 52 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/19/2013 | Eric Owens
    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 parent’s own children.Parents must also register to enter the playground and they can’t push anyone except their own kids on the swings. The Enterprise, a member of Southern Maryland Newspapers, has the story.Officials with St. Mary’s County Public Schools say the new rules are necessary to provide a...
  • Why not fire administrators and teachers who suspend five year olds for imaginary guns?

    03/19/2013 8:57:53 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 23 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/19/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    There is a scene in the movie “A Bronx tale” where the father of a young man counsels his son not to attack another young man over a $20.00 debt which has gone unpaid for too long. The father explains this is a small price to discover that someone is not trustworthy. He tells his son to be glad he has been shown how untrustworthy the other man is in this minor matter. “Now you know not to trust him in the future in bigger things,” he says. This small lesson begs the question: Why would we trust school administrators...
  • The Continuing Wimpification of America

    03/16/2013 12:58:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | March 16, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve reached the point where I can’t even get agitated any more. The anti-gun ideology in government schools has led to so many stupid incidents that all I can do is shake my head and be thankful my kids somehow were spared this nonsense.Our latest story comes from Michigan, where a third grader brought some cupcakes to school for his birthday. That seems innocuous, but the boy’s mother (gasp!) decorated them with toy army men.The school decided “to remove the Army soldiers from the cupcakes” and called the boy’s family to inform them that they had committed a thought crime.Last...
  • Semi-Automatic Pastry Warrants Two-Day Suspension for 7 Year Old

    03/10/2013 7:41:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | March 10, 2013 | Daniel J. Michell
    I weep for my country. We are becoming pathetic fools and total wimps. Consider these jaw-dropping examples of behavior by adults who work in government schools. I think they must be competing for the Stupid Official of the Year Award. The contestants include: The bureaucrats who suspended a 7-year boy for pretending to throw a non-existent grenade on the playground. The bureaucrats who suspended a 6-year old boy in Maryland for making a gun shape with his finger. The bureaucrats who busted a 5-year old girl in Pennsylvania for having a pink plastic gun that shoots bubbles. The teacher in...
  • Philadelphia girl searched, berated for having a gun made of paper at school

    03/10/2013 7:47:34 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 24 replies
    A fifth grader at a South Philadelphia elementary school made the mistake of pulling out a gun constructed out of paper in class last week. An official at D. Newlin Fell School searched the student, Melody Valentin, in front of her entire class, reports FOX 29. After the search failed to turn any more weapons (paper or non-paper), the staffer intensely scolded the little girl – also in front of the whole class. Valentin explained that she had attempted throw the contraband away, but a boy saw it and notified administrators. Describing the paper firearm, the girl’s mother, Dianna Kelly,...
  • School Confiscates Cupcakes Decorated with Toy Soldiers

    03/09/2013 6:47:36 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 64 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Mar. 9, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A Michigan elementary school is defending its decision to confiscate a third-graders batch of homemade cupcakes because the birthday treats were decorated with plastic green Army soldiers. Casey Fountain tells me that the principal of his son's elementary school called the cupcakes "insensitive" -- in light of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. "It disgusted me," he said. "It's vile they lump true American heroes with psychopathic killers." Fountain's wife made a batch of 30 chocolate cupcakes for their son Hunter's classmates at Schall Elementary School in the town of Caro. The 9-year-old helped decorate the treats...
  • Cupcakes With Army Soldiers Get Kid In Hot Water At School

    03/09/2013 5:46:46 AM PST · by bryan999 · 47 replies
    A 9-year-old boy’s birthday cupcakes sparked a school controversy that just keeps growing, with scores of people lining up against a school principal who found the cupcake’s topping “inappropriate.” The boy was chided, and so were his parents, for cupcakes featuring little green Army men on the top.
  • Boy, 7, suspended over pastry shape

    03/05/2013 6:33:20 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 40 replies
    upi ^ | March. 4, 2013
    BALTIMORE, - A Maryland father said it was "insanity" to suspend his 7-year-old son from school for chewing his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun. Josh Welch, a second-grader at Park Elementary School in Baltimore, said he was trying to chew his breakfast pastry into the shape of a mountain during breakfast at the school Friday, WBFF-TV, Baltimore, reported Monday. "It was already a rectangle and I just kept on biting it and biting it and tore off the top and it kinda looked like a gun but it wasn't." the boy said. "All I was trying to...
  • Florida High School Student Suspended for Disarming Gunman

    03/05/2013 10:31:21 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 28 replies
    The New American ^ | Mar. 4, 2013 | Alex Newman
    A Florida teenager was suspended from his high school last week along with two others after forcibly disarming a fellow student who allegedly pointed a loaded gun and threatened to shoot another pupil on a school bus, according to news reports. One of the suspended students, who has not been publicly identified due to safety concerns, said he had “no doubt” that the gunman he helped disarm was planning to kill the intended target. The event, which occurred in Fort Meyers, has already triggered nationwide and even international press coverage. It has also sparked debate about statutes purporting to create...
  • Boy suspended for chewing Pop-Tart into gun shape

    03/04/2013 5:46:32 PM PST · by Lord Azrael · 28 replies
    A Maryland father said his 7-year-old son was suspended from school for chewing his breakfast pastry into what appeared to be a gun. According to WBFF in Baltimore, the child was suspended for two days. "It was already a rectangle and I just kept on biting it and biting it and tore off the top and it kind of looked like a gun but it wasn't," 7-year-old Josh Welch told WBFF. Josh admits he was trying to create a masterpiece out of the breakfast pastry.
  • Student suspended for shaping Pop-Tart into gun

    03/04/2013 2:44:42 PM PST · by grundle · 38 replies ^ | March 3, 2013 | Krista Hostetler
    Baltimore, MD (KTNV) -- A student in Baltimore was suspended over breakfast. 7-year-old Josh Welch was eating a Pop-Tart at school. A teacher saw the pastry and said she thought it looked like it was being shaped into a gun. The teacher also said she heard Welch say, "Bang Bang" while he was holding it. That was enough to get him suspended. Welch said his teacher got it completely wrong, "It was already a rectangle and I just kept on biting it and tore off the top, and it kind of looked like a gun but it wasn't." Welch said...
  • Beck Asks: When Are You Going to Take Your Kid Out of School?

    03/04/2013 6:34:24 AM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 76 replies
    Glenn Beck Show | 3/4/2013 | Glenn Beck
    Glenn is PO'd this morning about the two recent school incidents involving guns, the Pop Tart "gun" story, and the Florida story, where the kid who wrestled a gun away from a gunman was suspended, because he didn't wait for "first responders." He's been asking, "When America, are you going to take your children out of these schools?" "I know it's hard... You say, 'I don't know how to homeschool.' Well, I don't either. But we're doing it."
  • 16-year-old Florida High School student suspended 3 days for disarming gunman on bus (UP Date)

    03/04/2013 6:48:20 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 23 replies
    e-mail | Mar. 4, 2013 | Tracy Perkins
    This is a copy of an e-mail I received from Tracy perkins the school Principal. I had sent her an e-mail expressing my outrage on the suspension of the Hero student. "I am sorry that you feel this way about me/my leadership abilities, especially having never met me. It is unfortunate, to say the least, that the media has incorrectly reported the facts surrounding this situation and have cast an unfair negative shadow on me (and my school.) The miscommunication is further compounded since this situation deals with students' discipline and I am unable to set the record straight and...
  • Cypress HS student suspended for disarming gunman?

    03/04/2013 4:38:37 AM PST · by wesagain · 29 replies ^ | Mar 3, 2013 | Matt Grant
    "Student gets 3 day suspension after wrestling away gun"FORT MYERS, Fla. - A 16-year-old Cypress Lake High School student, who wrestled a loaded revolver away from a teen threatening to shoot, is being punished. The student grappled the gun away from the 15-year-old suspect on the bus ride home Tuesday after witnesses say he aimed the weapon point blank at another student and threatened to shoot him. The student, who Fox 4 has agreed not to identify and distort his voice because he fears for his safety, says there's "no doubt" he saved a life by disarming the gunman. And...

    03/03/2013 6:23:13 AM PST · by BornToBeAmerican · 50 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Mar. 2, 2013 10:12am | Madeleine Morgenstern
    A Florida high school student wrestled a loaded gun away from another teen on the bus ride home this week and was slapped with a suspension in return. The 16-year-old Cypress Lake High student in Fort Myers, Fla. told WFTX-TV there was “no doubt” he saved a life after grappling for the loaded .22 caliber revolver being aimed point-blank at another student on Tuesday. “I think he was really going to shoot him right then and there,” said the suspended student, not identified by WFTX because of safety concerns. “Not taking no pity.”
  • A Gun Out of a Mountain Out of a Molehill

    03/03/2013 5:20:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | March 3, 2013 | Paul Jacob
    When I was a kid, my parents made pancakes in various shapes: Clowns, wagons, Mickey Mouse. My mother may have made a gun-shaped pancake for me once. If not, certainly my father did. According to the latest “thinking” amongst “educators,” that gun-shaped pancake was child abuse. And they should know. They are in the child abuse business. The latest nonsense from our public school establishment is a certain hysterical over-reaction to guns. Not violence as such, but the mere image of guns. Take the recent case of a 7-year-old Maryland lad named Joshua, who, according to a Fox affiliate, was...
  • 7-Year-Old Suspended, Teacher Says He Shaped Pastry into Gun (w/video)

    03/02/2013 8:50:53 AM PST · by servo1969 · 83 replies ^ | 3-1-2013 | Fox45
    <p>Children at Park Elementary School went home with a letter today explaining there was a disruption in school. Seven year old Josh Welch, and his father, say the disruption lead to a two day suspension for the second grader in Brooklyn Park.</p>
  • Student Told to Change Abstinence T-Shirt Because it Violated School’s Dress Code

    02/26/2013 8:53:24 AM PST · by Sopater · 25 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | 2/26/13 | Dave Jolly
    Summer Schreiner of Cocoa, Florida attended the Silver Ring Thing Conference, a Christian event that promotes abstinence only. At the conference, she obtained a t-shirt that read: “Don’t drink and park… accidents cause kids” Summer believed in what the shirt said and was proud to wear it to school the next day. Everything was going well for her at Clearlake Middle School until just after lunch. On her way back to class, the 8th grader was stopped by the vice principal who told her to go to the office and change her shirt because it was inappropriate. She was given...
  • Middle Schooler Told to Remove His US Marines T-Shirt – It Was Too Offensive

    02/26/2013 3:57:49 AM PST · by lowbridge · 37 replies ^ | February 25, 2013 | jim hoft
    Today a Genoa-Kingston Middle School student’s parent is claiming that a teacher ordered his son to cover his US Marine themed t-shirt or be suspended. Dan McIntyre says that his son Michael has wore the shirt to school many times in the past and that he is a big fan of the branch of the US military. Dan McIntyre says that, “A teacher noticed the guns on the shirt.” He went on to say that the teacher said there was a school policy against the image of a gun. Michael complied when the teacher asked him to turn the shirt...
  • High school teacher 'refused to mark students' assignments because they mentioned guns (Texas)

    02/21/2013 9:42:57 PM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies ^ | february 21, 2013
    A high school English teacher has refused to grade two students' papers because they mentioned guns. Marshall Williams and Alex Wright, seniors at Denton High School in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, said the teacher, Dewey Christian, set an assignment to write a report about anything they wanted. Williams referenced a trip he had taken to the Fort Worth gun show, while Wright recounted a hunting trip, but both said the papers did not describe shooting guns. 'I said, "Me and my mum went to buy a gun" and as soon as he heard the word gun he told me to sit...
  • Students Told To Stop ‘USA!’ Chant, Take Off American Flag Bandanas (suspended from school)

    02/13/2013 5:12:02 PM PST · by drewh · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | February 13, 2013 4:04 P.M. | By Andrew Johnson
    Four California high-school students were reportedly suspended for chanting “U.S.A! U.S.A!” and wearing American flag bandanas during a basketball game. While their punishment has since been rescinded, school administrators said “the incident is far from over.” Oxnard Union School District superintendent Gabe Soumakian told Fox News Radio that “we need to pursue this further” and “work with teachers and students and the community about the concept of cultural proficiency.” Soumakian and Camarillo High School principal Glenn Lipman felt that the students’ actions might have had racist undertones since the schools have large Hispanic student populations. “We wanted to make sure...
  • Alexandria Cops Bust 10-year-old For Bringing Toy Gun to School

    02/06/2013 7:42:40 AM PST · by lbryce · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 5 ,2013 | Naomi Jagoda
    The boy, a fifth-grader at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School whose name is not being released, was charged as a juvenile with brandishing a weapon, police said. He was also suspended from school, and Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman said further action is being considered, including expulsion. On Monday, the boy showed the plastic gun to at least one other student during a bus ride home from the school. The 10-year-old did not point it at anyone or threaten to shoot it, but he neglected to mention that the weapon was fake, said Alexandria police spokeswoman Ashley Hildebrandt. School...
  • Politics: 2nd grader suspended for possession of imaginary hand grenades

    02/05/2013 12:24:00 PM PST · by Morgana · 27 replies
    caintv ^ | ROBERT LAURIE
    More asinine overreaction from the quivering minds of school officials In Loveland Colorado, about 45 minutes North of Denver, a 7-year-old 2nd grader has been suspended for trying to save the world. It appears that the boy lobbed "an imaginary grenade into a box with what he called pretend evil forces inside." According to the child, he pretended to blow up the box "so nothing can get out and destroy the world." Thank God he wasn't carrying a Hello Kitty Bubble Gun, a small piece of paper, or a pointed finger. Who knows what kind of imaginary trauma he could...
  • Colorado second-grader suspended for throwing IMAGINARY grenade during recess

    02/05/2013 11:41:42 AM PST · by tom h · 49 replies
    Fox31 Denver ^ | February 4, 2013 | David Mitchell and Julie Hayden
    KDVR NEWS – A 2nd grader has been suspended from school in Loveland for a make believe game he was playing. The 7-year-old says he was trying to save the world. But school administrators say he broke a key rule during his pretend play. “I was trying to save people and I just can’t believe I got dispended,” says Alex Evans, who doesn’t understand his suspension any better than he can pronounce it. “It’s called ‘rescue the world,’” he says. He was playing a game during recess at Loveland’s Mary Blair Elementary School and threw an imaginary grenade into a...
  • 7-year-old playing an imaginary game at school gets "dispended" for real (Article and Video)

    02/05/2013 12:02:06 AM PST · by beaversmom · 47 replies
    Fox 31 ^ | February 4, 2013 | David Mitchell and Julie Hayden
    LOVELAND, Colo. — A 2nd grader has been suspended from school in Loveland for a make believe game he was playing. The 7-year-old says he was trying to save the world. But school administrators say he broke a key rule during his pretend play. “I was trying to save people and I just can’t believe I got dispended,” says Alex Evans, who doesn’t understand his suspension any better than he can pronounce it. “It’s called ‘rescue the world,’” he says. He was playing a game during recess at Loveland’s Mary Blair Elementary School and threw an imaginary grenade into a...
  • Zero Tolerance for Deaf Child’s Name

    02/04/2013 1:13:25 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 29 replies
    The Education Reporter ^ | December 2012 | The Education Reporter
    Parents of a deaf child named Hunter were told by his Nebraska public preschool that they must change his name because he was in violation of the school district’s weapons policy. To sign his name, the three-year-old crosses his index and middle fingers then wags his hands. This sign apparently appeared to school officials to represent a gun. Grand Island Public Schools’ policy section 8470 — Weapons in Schools states: “Students are forbidden to knowingly and voluntarily possess, handle, transmit or use any instrument in school, on school grounds or at school functions that is a firearm, weapon, or looks...
  • It's come to this: High-school freshman suspended for having a picture of a gun

    02/02/2013 2:03:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/02/2013 | Eric Owens
    Yet another student has been suspended for having something that represents a gun, but isn’t actually anything like a real gun. This time, Daniel McClaine, Jr., a freshman at Poston Butte High School in Tan Valley, Arizona, made the mistake of setting a picture of a gun as the desktop background on his school-issued computer. The picture shows an AK-47 lying on a flag, reports KNXV-TV. The gun isn’t his, McClaine assured the ABC affiliate in Phoenix. He found it on the Internet and liked it, partly because he is interested in serving in the military after graduation. A teacher...
  • Hyannis 5-Year-Old Threatened With Suspension For Making Gun Out Of Legos

    01/29/2013 6:34:20 PM PST · by massmike · 38 replies ^ | 01/29/2013 | n/a
    A mother says her 5-year-old boy was threatened with suspension after he made a gun out of Legos during an after school program. Sheila Cruz received a written warning recently about her son from the after school staff at the Hyannis West Elementary School because he had been using toys inappropriately. “She (the principal) said, ‘it’s a threat to other children and other children could have been scared.’” School officials say little Joe made the toy gun, then ran around the classroom, pointing it at other kids, and making shooting sounds. Cruz says while she and her husband thought about...
  • Primary school bans six-year-old boy from wearing Christian band in class for...

    01/25/2013 9:18:10 AM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    mailonline ^ | James Rush
    FULL TITLE: Primary school bans six-year-old boy from wearing Christian band in class for 'health and safety reasons' A furious dad has slammed a school after his six-year-old son was banned from wearing a Christian band in class on health and safety grounds. Peter Thompson's son Eddie had been wearing the band, decorated with the Christian symbol of a fish, out of sight for six months. But when a teacher spotted Eddie scratching his ankle she noticed the band, covered by his sock, and ordered him to hand it over. Now he is being kept at home after he was...
  • Fifth-grader reprimanded for bringing paper “gun” to school

    01/23/2013 11:31:39 AM PST · by Fiji Hill · 29 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/23/2012 | Mike Krumboltz
    Another fake gun has reportedly created problems for a young student.
  • Gun Clubs at School: Not so long ago, they were common — and safe.

    01/21/2013 5:47:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/21/2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Once upon a time, it was common for an American child to be packed off to school with a rifle on his back and for him to come home smiling and safe in the evening. Shooting clubs, now quietly withering away, were once such a mainstay of American high-school life that in the first half of the 20th century they were regularly installed in the basements of new educational buildings. Now, they are in their death throes, victims of political correctness, a willful misunderstanding of what constitutes “gun safety,” and our deplorable tendency toward litigiousness.In 1975, New York state...
  • Pa. kindergartner suspended for bubble gun remark [government labels her as "terrorist threat"]

    01/19/2013 5:12:49 PM PST · by grundle · 27 replies ^ | January 19, 2013
    MOUNT CARMEL, Pa. (AP) — A 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl who told another girl she was going to shoot her with a pink toy gun that blows soapy bubbles has been suspended from kindergarten.Her family has hired an attorney to fight the punishment, which initially was 10 days but was reduced to two. Attorney Robin Ficker says Mount Carmel Area School District officials labeled the girl a "terrorist threat" for the bubble gun remark, made Jan. 10 as both girls waited for a school bus. Ficker says the girl didn't even have the bubble gun with her and has never fired...
  • Pennsylvania girl, 5, suspended for ... pink toy gun that blows soapy bubbles.

    01/19/2013 2:59:28 PM PST · by spodefly · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 19, 2013 | Edmund DeMarche
    A 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl who told another girl she was going to shoot her with a pink Hello Kitty toy gun that blows soapy bubbles has been suspended from kindergarten. Her family has hired an attorney to fight the punishment, which initially was 10 days for issuing a 'terroristic threat.' But her punishment was reduced to two days after her mother met with school officials and had the incident dropped to 'threatening to harm another student,' which apparently carries a lesser punishment.
  • Police Kicked Out Of Belleville Denny’s For Being Armed

    01/03/2013 9:09:24 PM PST · by grundle · 57 replies
    CBS St. Luois ^ | January 3, 2013
    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – Belleville police chief Bill Clay is ordering his officers to get their pancakes from anywhere but Denny’s, calling the restaurant “political stupidness.” The new orders come after a New Year’s Day clash between five detectives and one Denny’s manager. The department says the detectives were out of uniform but wearing their badges, when manager David Rice asked them to either leave or put their guns in their vehicle. Rice, told the detectives that one of their weapons, specifically a female detective’s gun, was making another diner feel uncomfortable. As the officers were leaving, without their food,...
  • Boy, 6, suspended over finger gun [school says "serious incident... threatened to shoot a student"]

    01/02/2013 8:04:34 PM PST · by grundle · 60 replies
    UPI ^ | January 2, 2013
    SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A Maryland 6-year-old was suspended from school for forming the shape of a gun with his hands and saying "pow," a lawyer for his family said. Robin Ficker said a boy, a student at Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring, was given a one-day suspension from school with a conference planned for when students returned from winter break for the pretend shooting a week after 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., The (Springfield, Va.) Washington Examiner reported Wednesday. "What they're doing is...
  • 6-Year-Old Suspended For Saying, “Pow”

    01/02/2013 4:49:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | January 2, 2013 | Philip Hodges
    Michael Moore recently said that the only reason white people are buying a bunch of guns in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting is that they’re fearful. Afraid of black people specifically. He said, “Calm down, white people, and put away your guns.” So if we’re all buying guns and ammo out of fear of the black man, what emotion would cause this idiocy: a 6-year-old boy was suspended from school for making his hand in the shape of a gun and pretend shooting it, saying, “Pow,” as it was pointed at a fellow student. Were school officials actually...
  • AutoZone Fires Employee Who Prevented Robbery

    12/01/2012 2:17:23 PM PST · by John Semmens · 28 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    A clerk working in a Virginia AutoZone store thwarted an armed robber who is believed to have committed more than 30 hold-ups in retail establishments throughout the state. Bringing the thief to justice, however, has cost that clerk, Devin McClean, his job. Though the store manager credits McClean with saving his life, the clerk ran afoul of AutoZone's “zero tolerance” policy on guns in its stores. AutoZone spokesman Curt Chretin explained that “It's a matter of corporate policy that the company feels very strongly about. Zero tolerance is simple and efficient. Rather than having corporate time and energy tied up...
  • Teacher accidentally sends topless pic to students' iPads, kids suspended for seeing it

    10/17/2012 1:50:16 PM PDT · by Abathar · 96 replies ^ | 10/17/2012 | Derrik Thomas
    ANDERSON, Ind. - Some students at Highland Middle School in Anderson got a peek of their teacher's bare breasts on a school-issued iPad while in class. Those students have been suspended and threatened with expulsion. The school district said it has taken preventative action against the teacher, but they wouldn't specify what action, and she is still a member of the school staff. "The picture showed up of the teacher topless," said Joshua Troutt, 13, describing the incident that occurred at Highland Middle School. He and three other students were in their classroom, playing a game on a school-issued iPad....
  • Texas school expels 13-year-old because he stood up to a bully

    10/17/2012 10:01:31 AM PDT · by grundle · 21 replies
    wordpress ^ | October 16, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Texas school expels 13-year-old because he stood up to a bully ABC News reports:A Texas dad who recently returned from a year in Afghanistan spent his time at home picketing his son’s middle school after the teen was sent to another school for standing up to a bully he says had been harassing him for years.Randy Duke, who trains police officers in Afghanistan, has found himself spending his days back in Victoria, Texas, wedged between two pieces of poster board with the phrase “BULLYING VICTIMS ARE PUNISHED HERE” emblazoned on each side. The 48-year-old dad spent...
  • Kindergartener Receives 10-Day Suspension for NERF Gun

    10/14/2012 2:04:59 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies ^ | 10.11.2012 | S.H. Blannelberry
    Kindergartener Receives 10-Day Suspension for NERF Gun There’s nothing more innocuous than a NERF (Non-Expanding Recreational Foam) gun – right? Well, not if you’re an administrator at Duchesne Elementary School of Ferguson/Florissant School District in Missouri. Apparently, a toy gun that shoots foam-based projectiles presents a clear and present danger to students, faculty and staff. To clarify, on Monday, school officials meted out a 10-day suspension to a five-year-old who brought his NERF gun to class. That’s correct. 10 days for a NERF gun. The principal of the School, Katie Sanders sent a letter home to the parents explaining the...
  • “Hunter,” a Deaf 3-Year-Old, Told Signing His Name Violates School’s Gun Policy

    08/31/2012 8:37:10 AM PDT · by Altariel · 10 replies
    Free Range Kids ^ | August 28, 2012 | Lenore Skenazy
    Hi Folks!  This is perhaps the most absurd story ever reported here — and that’s saying a lot! A reader named Rachel writes:A Deaf child named Hunter is not allowed to use his name sign because the sign for “Hunter” (a dictionary word) uses the thumb and first two fingers in a gun shape and suggests a shooting motion. Here’s the story.These school officials have lost their ability to reason if they believe stripping a child of his name is necessary for safety under a weapons policy. Educators who are unable to use logic and critical thinking have no business...
  • Grand Island Preschooler Asked to Change the Sign for His Name in School

    08/29/2012 4:37:42 PM PDT · by Renfield · 14 replies ^ | 8-29-2012 | Steve Ross
    Hunter Spanjer says his name with a certain special hand gesture, but at just three and a half years old, he may have to change it. "He's deaf, and his name sign, they say, is a violation of their weapons policy," explained Hunter's father, Brian Spanjer. Grand Island's "Weapons in Schools" Board Policy 8470 forbids "any instrument...that looks like a weapon," But a three year-old's hands? "Anybody that I have talked to thinks this is absolutely ridiculous. This is not threatening in any way," said Hunter's grandmother Janet Logue. "It's a symbol. It's an actual sign, a registered sign, through...
  • Deaf child's sign language name looks too much like gun, parent says school told him

    08/29/2012 9:26:26 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 21 replies
    USNewsNBC ^ | August 28, 2012
    Updated at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday ET: Deaf 3-year-old Hunter Spanjer of Nebraska signs his first name with a gesture resembling a gun, and his parents say his school wants him to stop. School officials say they haven't asked any deaf students to change how they sign their names. The preschooler's father, Brian Spanjer, took to Facebook Sunday to garner support to allow his son to continue using the S.E.E. (Signing Exact English) symbol at the Early Learning Center he began attending last week. The Facebook page, "Let this Deaf Child Keep His Name Sign," had more than 5,300 likes by...
  • Anti-Gun Wacko of The Week: Grand Island NE School Board

    08/29/2012 6:54:01 AM PDT · by JohnPierce · 9 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | August 29, 2012 | John Pierce
    --IMAGE HERE-- When I wrote last week’s Anti-Gun Wacko of the Week column about University of Colorado Professor Jerry Peterson, I chose the name of the column on a bit of a whim. I didn’t really expect that I would find that level of outrageousness on a weekly basis. But by now, you would think I would know better than to underestimate the ability of bureaucrats to make blindly stupid decisions. And that brings us to today’s story about 3-year-old Hunter Spanjer. Hunter is, by all reports, a happy and well-loved child who attends preschool in Grand Island Nebraska. Hunter...
  • Child Not Allowed to Sign Name

    08/28/2012 6:59:15 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 24 replies
    Eagleyeblog ^ | August 27, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    A deaf three-year-old has been asked not to sign his name at school because it resembles a deadly weapon, according to “”It’s his name. It’s not like he’s going to bring a gun to school when he’s three years old,” Dana Schwieger told “Meantime, Hunter’s parents say that by Monday, lawyers from the National Association of the Deaf are likely to weigh in for Hunter’s right to sign his own name.” See the broadcast here:
  • Obama Demands Race-Based School Discipline/ ( War on White Boys)

    08/25/2012 2:21:22 PM PDT · by wintertime · 103 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 25,2012 | Joy Pullman
    President Barack Obama recently signed an executive order hiring race-sensitive bureaucrats to hold meetings and mandate racial discipline quotas. The order charges his new racial justice team, in part, with "promoting a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools." In plain English, that means that if different races have different incidences of disciplinary action, those of a favored race who act worse will be punished less, or those of a disfavored race who act better will be punished more, or both. It's true that a higher percentage of black students...
  • School withholds valedictorian’s diploma for saying “hell”

    08/21/2012 7:51:43 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 117 replies
    KFOR-TV ^ | August 18, 2012 | La'Tasha Givens
    PRAGUE, Okla.– There’s a bit of diploma drama going on between a local high school and that school’s valedictorian. David Nootbaar is furious his daughter’s school is keeping her diploma. He said, “She has worked so hard to stay at the top of her class and this is not right.” Kaitlin Nootbaar graduated from Prague High School, the Red Devils, in May and was named valedictorian. When tasked with writing the graduation speech, her dad said she got her inspiration from the movie “Eclipse: The Twilight Saga.” Nootbaar said, “Her quote was, ‘When she first started school she wanted to...
  • Fired Florida Lifeguard's Coworkers Out After Admitting They'd Save Man Outside Zone

    07/04/2012 3:58:33 PM PDT · by dayglored · 76 replies
    Six Florida lifeguards have lost their jobs for backing a coworker's decision to save a man struggling in the surf but outside their jurisdiction. Tomas Lopez , 21, was fired Monday for vacating his lifeguarding zone to save a man drowning in unprotected waters 1,500 feet south of his post on Hallandale Beach, Fla. "I knew I broke the rules," said Lopez, who ran past the buoy marking the boundary of his patrol zone to help the man. "I told the manager, I'm fired aren't I?" Lopez said he jumped into the water and "I double underhooked him…I was worried...