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  • Was Relay Team Disqualified From State Championships for 'Religious Gesture?'

    05/05/2013 10:24:23 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 33 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | May 3, 2013 | Leonardo Blair
    Members of a boys 4 X 100 meter relay high school track team in Texas were left in tears last weekend after the University Interscholastic League of Texas disqualified them from competing in the state championships because the team's anchor runner made a "religious gesture" as he crossed the finish line to win their regional title. The runner, Derrick Hayes reportedly lifted a finger to the sky in celebration, as he wrapped up the win for Columbus High School. According to his father, K.C. Hayes, he was simply pointing to God. But UIL officials disagreed and slapped the team with...
  • Felony Science - Making stuff explode is a seductive way to become a scientist.

    05/04/2013 4:32:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 39 replies
    Slate ^ | May 3, 2013 | Michelle M. Francl
    Sixteen-year-old Kiera Wilmot’s curiosity was apparently piqued when a friend told her that if you mixed hydrochloric acid and aluminum, an exciting reaction happened. So she did what countless amateur chemists before her have done: She went ahead and tried it. She mixed toilet bowl cleaner—essentially colored hydrochloric acid—and balls of aluminum foil in a small water bottle. The top of the bottle blew off with a satisfying bang, and there was even a puff of smoke. Unfortunately, Kiera got more excitement than she bargained for. When a teenage Oliver Sacks experimented with explosive reactions of aluminum in his basement...
  • This Is The Stupid Stuff That Happens When People Insist On "Zero Tolerance" Rules...

    05/03/2013 11:35:12 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    Chicks On The Right ^ | 5/3/2013 | Mockarena
    OMG, Is this really the kind of society we want? Because this is what we get when people who are hell-bent on being politically correct all the time get their way. Blame them. Because they deserve the blame.
  • Classmates rally around Princeton student who left [unloaded skeet] gun in car

    05/02/2013 2:39:31 PM PDT · by grundle · 34 replies
    wral.com ^ | May 2, 2013
    Princeton, N.C. — The Princeton High School community is rallying around a student who was arrested and expelled for having an unloaded shotgun in his car in the school's parking lot.David Cole Withrow, 16, was charged Monday with bringing a weapon on educational property, which is a felony. He was expelled from school and won't be allowed to graduate with his class later this month. Withrow, an Eagle Scout and honors student, accidentally left his gun in the car after skeet shooting over the weekend. When he realized, he went inside to ask school officials if he could leave campus...
  • (Florida) Teen Girl Expelled, Charged With a Felony After Science Experiment Goes Awry

    05/02/2013 9:48:34 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 66 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 2, 2013
    Science experiments don't always go the way they are intended. This, a 16-year-old Florida teenager knows all too well. This week, Kiera Wilmot went to school and mixed some household chemicals in a tiny 8-ounce water bottle. It looked like a simple chemistry project but then the top popped off when a small explosion occurred. Wilmot, who is in good standing as a student, said it was an accident. The Bartow High School principal told a local television station that the teen made a “bad choice” and called her a a good kid who has never previously been in trouble....
  • 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
    cnsnews.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    ktnv.com ^ | 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...