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  • The Schools' Sinister War on Guns

    06/07/2013 6:39:47 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6-7-2013 | Selwyn Duke
    The obvious answer here is that the last two decades' school shootings and our civilization's general moral decline have changed the equation. But while this would explain the desire to keep students with real firearms off school grounds, there is no logical reason to apply this to toy guns. Saying otherwise is like claiming that because you wouldn't trust an 11-year-old to drive the family car to school, you won't let him bring toy cars with him, either; or that he won't be allowed to possess toy airplanes because he isn't ready to pilot a 747 for Delta. The same...
  • 11-yr-old suspended from school for merely talking about guns

    06/05/2013 5:13:18 PM PDT · by yoe · 35 replies
    wmal ^ | June 3, 2013 | Martin Di Caro
    OWINGS, MD -- The father of a middle schooler in Calvert County, Md. says his 11-year-old son was suspended for 10 days for merely talking about guns on the bus ride home. Bruce Henkelman of Huntingtown says his son, a sixth grader at Northern Middle School in Owings, was talking with friends about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre when the bus driver hauled him back to school to be questioned by the principal, Darrel Prioleau. "The principal told me that with what happened at Sandy Hook if you say the word 'gun' in my school you are going to...
  • Student Suspended from School for Saving Classmate's Life; School Says it Does Not "Condone Heroics"

    06/01/2013 9:10:48 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 60 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 6/01/13 | Aurelius
    A Canadian student in Calgary has been suspended for saving the life of a classmate from a knife-wielding bully, according to the National Post. 13-year-old Briar MacLean stepped in between an assailant, whose name has not been released, who was brandishing a knife while attacking another student. MacLean pushed the attacker away, and the bully was subdued. MacLean was thanked by the victim; the young man then went about his day at school. However, several periods later, according to both Briar and the school, he "got called to the office and... wasn’t able to leave until the end of the...
  • Kindergartener interrogated over cap gun until he pees his pants, then suspended 10 days

    05/31/2013 10:47:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 90 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/31/2013 | Eric Owens
    In the latest incident of anti-gun hysteria to erupt in a school setting, a kindergarten boy has been suspended from school for 10 days because he showed a friend his cowboy-style cap gun on the way to school.
  • Area Student Arrested for Making a ‘Tornado in a Bottle’

    05/31/2013 5:46:00 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | May 29, 2013 | Patrick Kane
    Tuesday afternoon, a local elementary school student, Peter Collins, was arrested for bringing a “tornado in a bottle” to school for the annual Denysin Elementary science fair. Authorities were alerted after it was reported that a student had what appeared to be an “atmospheric weapon of destruction” on school grounds. The school was quickly evacuated, as the Denver bomb squad was called in to deal with collecting and neutralizing Collins’ second grade science fair project. Teachers close to Collins noted that Collins was a, “stellar student’ and they were, “shocked to learn someone like that could be capable of doing...
  • Mom says school overreacted to Lego gun

    05/30/2013 6:31:28 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 28 replies
    upi ^ | May 29, 2013
    PALMER, Mass., - A Massachusetts woman said officials at her son's school have backed off plans to discipline the kindergartener for bringing a Lego gun on the school bus. Mieke Crane said she was initially told her son would have to write a letter of apology to the school bus driver, serve detention Tuesday and face suspension from the school bus for bringing the Lego gun -- which is slightly larger than a quarter -- on the bus to Old Mill Pond Elementary School in Palmer Friday morning, WGGB-TV, Springfield, Mass., reported Wednesday. "I think they overreacted totally. I totally...
  • 6-year old brings Quarter-sized toy gun on bus, threatened with detention and suspension

    05/29/2013 4:09:51 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | 5-29-2013 | William A. Jacobson
    My wife screamed “sick in the head” when we saw this on the local news tonight.We’ve previously covered the gun-shaped breakfast pastry and a pencil pointed like a gun.Now this:A Palmer, Massachusetts, 6-year old faced dentionand suspension, and was forced to write an apology letter for bringing a GI Joe Lego toy gun the size of a Quarter onto a school bus:[Video]Via WHDH ABC: A plastic LEGO-sized gun caused a disturbance on a Old Mill Pond Elementary School bus Friday morning.Mieke Crane is the mother of the 6-year-old kindergarten student who brought the gun on the bus.“I think they over-reacted...
  • Black Spanish teacher claims she was fired for using the word ‘negro’ in class

    05/24/2013 9:14:06 PM PDT · by grundle · 42 replies
    yahoo.com | May 24, 2013
    In the annals of political correctness run amok in American schools, this story — if true — is easily an all-timer. A junior-high school Spanish teacher has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was fired from P.S. 211 in the Bronx in March 2012 because of a misunderstanding over the word “negro.” The non-tenured teacher, 65-year-old Petrona Smith, maintains that she was instructing her class about how to say the various basic colors in Spanish, reports the New York Post. The word “negro” naturally came up because “negro” is the Spanish word for “black.”A seventh-grade student in the class took...
  • Does Modern Academia Encourage Unthinking Acceptance of Authority?

    05/12/2013 9:10:49 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 25 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | May 12, 2013 | Dan Miller
    This post is based in large part on an article titled Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally IllIs there a current tendency to consider those who cherish and seek to preserve our rights, including those under the First and Second Amendments, mentally ill for that reason? Interesting for the focused question it poses directly, the article should raise broader but similar questions about the current nature of academia in general. I have had no direct contact with academia since my years in undergraduate school (1959 - 63) and in law school (1963 - 66). "Back in the good old days," we were encouraged...
  • 2 Va. Boys Suspended For Using Pencils As Guns

    05/07/2013 5:56:50 PM PDT · by grundle · 42 replies
    CBS/Washington D.C. ^ | May 7, 2013
    SUFFOLK, Va. — Two Suffolk second graders have been suspended for making shooting noises while pointing pencils at each other. Media outlets report the 7-year-old boys were suspended for two days for a violation of the Suffolk school system’s zero-tolerance policy on weapons. They were playing with one another in class Friday at Driver Elementary. “When I asked him about it, he said, ‘Well I was being a Marine and the other guy was being a bad guy,’” said Paul Marshall, one of the boys’ fathers. “It’s as simple as that.”
  • Nuts… Second Grader Suspended for Holding a Pencil Like a Gun (Video)

    05/07/2013 9:36:38 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 41 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 5-7-2013 | Jim Hoft
    The liberal insanity continues… Little seven-year-old Christopher Marshall was suspended from school for holding a pencil like a gun. He was pretending to be a Marine. That’s not allowed at his school. [video] The boy has good grades and has never caused any problems in classes before. FOX 43 reported, via Legal Insurrection: A Suffolk school suspended a second grader for pointing a pencil at another student and making gun noises. Seven-year-old Christopher Marshall says he was playing with another student in class Friday, when the teacher at Driver Elementary asked them to stop pointing pencils at each other. “When...
  • 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...