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  • 8-Year-Old Florida Boy Suspended for Making Gun Shape With Fingers: ‘It Was a Game’

    10/01/2013 1:32:36 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 47 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | october 1, 2013 | Liz Klimas
    A pretend game of cops and robbers landed a Florida elementary school boy with a very real suspension after he made a pretend gun with his thumb and index finger. The mother of 8-year-old Jordan Bennett said her son was only playing with his friend at Harmony Community School in St. Cloud. She fears his one-day suspension, which was handed down Friday, wrongly labels Jordan as a violent person. “There was nothing in his hand. He used his thumb and index finger,” Bonnie Bennett told WKMG-TV. “It was a game. He made no threatening advances or threats to harm anyone....
  • 7 Kids Who Were Punished By Schools For Using Imaginary Guns

    10/01/2013 2:57:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2013 | John Hawkins
    There was a time in America when the first priority of our schools was educating our children. That's no longer the case. Today, schools are primarily job programs for the unions and indoctrination centers for the Left. The great teachers in our schools are now used as cover for the mediocrities, the overpaid administrators, and the blatant attempts to force feed liberalism to children before they become experienced enough to recognize all the problems associated with it. Since the Left has been losing the public battle to curtail the 2nd Amendment, liberals started fighting it in a place where they...
  • Insanity: seventh-grader suspended three days for gun keychain the size of a quarter

    09/29/2013 3:10:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/29/2013 | Eric Owens
    Yet another student has landed in trouble for having something that represents a gun, but isn’t actually anything like a real gun.This time, the student is 12-year-old Joseph Lyssikatos, a student in advanced math who had perfect attendance last year. The seventh-grader made the mistake of bringing a ridiculously small, silver keychain shaped like a gun to Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School in Coventry, R.I, reports local NBC affiliate WJAR.The two-inch keychain fell out of Lyssikatos’s backpack while he was at school.After another kid picked it up and displayed it to other students, a teacher intervened and impounded the keychain.Apparently fearing that the...
  • Girl, 13, her boyfriend, 12, ordered to register as sex offenders [truncated title]

    09/30/2013 5:37:50 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 116 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | Undated | David Ross
    ..In this ironic case, the 13-year-old unidentified girl, and the 12-year-old boy, are both on the sex offender list and are the victims in the case, because they had consensual sex with each other. The two violated a Utah state law that criminalizes having sex with a person under 14 years of age. Although they were both children, Utah State officials found them guilty of sexual abuse of a child....
  • Maine law allows police to arrest victims to make sure they testify

    09/26/2013 9:09:09 AM PDT · by Altariel · 44 replies
    PoliceStateUsa.com ^ | September 23, 2013 | PSUSA
    Maine law allows police to arrest victims to make sure they testify http://www.policestateusa.com/2013/m...-they-testify/ CHELSEA, ME — A battered woman was arrested by police in an effort to force her to testify against her abuser. She was detained without charges, locked in a cage, and a bail was set. The startling practice of arresting the victim is actually legal in Maine, thanks to a seldom used statute. Jessica Ruiz, 35, was the alleged victim of domestic violence at the hands of 45-year-old Robert Robinson, Jr., in an April incident. On September 17, police arrested Ruiz to make sure she testified against...
  • Students Suspended For Playing With Pellet Gun in Own Front Yard, One Mother Called Because It Made

    09/24/2013 10:37:23 AM PDT · by matt04 · 40 replies
    WAVY, the NBC affiliate in Hampton Roads, Virginia asks “has zero tolerance gone too far?” as it reports this story: A suspended seventh grade Virginia Beach student will find out soon if he is expelled for the rest of the year for shooting an airsoft gun. Like thousands of others in Hampton Roads, Khalid Caraballo plays with airsoft guns. Caraballo and his friend Aidan were suspended because they shot two other friends who were with them while playing with the guns as they waited for the school bus. The two seventh graders say they never went to the bus stop;...
  • 7th-grader suspended for playing with airsoft gun in own yard

    09/24/2013 7:26:10 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 63 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com/ ^ | September 24, 2013 | Staff
    A seventh-grade student in Virginia Beach, Va., has been suspended from school for playing with an airsoft gun with a friend in his front yard while waiting for the school bus. WAVY-TV reports that 13-year-old Khalid Caraballo will find out soon if he will be expelled for "possession, handling and use of a firearm" because the guns were fired at two others playing in Caraballo's yard. snip The school's so-called "zero-tolerance" policy on guns extends to private property, according to the report. snip "It's on your school record. The school said I had possession of a firearm. They aren't going...
  • Student suspended for 10 days for accidentally bringing pocket knife to football game, attorney says

    09/19/2013 10:10:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 18, 2013
    A Pennsylvania high school student has been suspended for what his attorney calls “doing the right thing”—handing in a pocket knife that he accidentally brought to a football game. … (David) Schaffner (III, 16,) was asked to leave the game and on Monday was handed a 10-day out-of-school suspension by the Fox Chapel Area school district. The district’s parent-student handbook says students who bring weapons to school or school-related events—including knives and firearms—can be expelled for a year, Triblive.com reports. …
  • Gun gesture leads to suspension for Calvert sixth-grader (Calvert County MD)

    09/08/2013 4:50:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 53 replies
    A sixth-grader in Calvert County was suspended for forming his hand into a gun on his bus ride to school, an incident that adds to a string of recent high-profile cases involving punishments for children who gesture with imaginary weapons. Carin Read, mother of the 11-year-old student at Mill Creek Middle School in Lusby, filed an appeal of the suspension late last week, after a principal denied her request to remove the alleged infraction from her son’s school records. The boy had already served a day-long in-school suspension, and Read argued that he should not have a permanent record over...
  • NAACP calls on Justice Dept., Secret Service to investigate rodeo clown flap

    08/15/2013 2:21:09 AM PDT · by grundle · 55 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 14, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The Missouri chapter of the NAACP appealed for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Secret Service to launch an investigation and open a federal case against the rodeo clown who donned a mask of President Obama’s face... ... the fallout so far has included the resignation of the head of Missouri’s rodeo-clown organization, and the announcement of Missouri State Fair officials that all rodeo clowns will now have to take sensitivity training as a condition of their employment. ... the clown who actually performed the skit... has been banned for life from state rodeo performances.
  • Rodeo clowns wear masks of Bush and Obama, but get very different reactions

    08/15/2013 1:47:13 AM PDT · by grundle · 27 replies
  • Daycare Teacher Fired After Extinguishing Fire At Center

    07/24/2013 1:50:33 PM PDT · by massmike · 36 replies
    http://jobs.aol.com/ ^ | 07/24/2013 | Dan Fastenberg
    When Michelle Hammack,a teacher at the Little Temples Childcare facility in Arlington, Fla., smelled smoke and the children were napping, she rushed out of her classroom to investigate. Seeing that chicken nuggets were burning in an oven, she was able to put out the fire before even the fire trucks arrived on the scene, according to a report by WTEV-TV in Jacksonville. Her boss, however, wasn't impressed. On that same day, the owner of the childcare facility Olga Rozhaov fired Hammack. Rozhakov defended her decision to the media. "I fired her only because she left her room," she told the...
  • Princeton black studies professor Imani Perry said she's reporting me to the police for "harassment"

    07/23/2013 2:32:15 AM PDT · by grundle · 64 replies
    wordpress ^ | July 23, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Dr. Imani Perry, Princeton professor, it’s YOUR fault that your sons cried at the George Zimmerman verdict Update: I sent an email to Dr. Perry with the link to this blog entry, and I told her, “I welcome you to show this to your students and anyone else whom you think might like to read it and comment on it.”Dr. Perry wrote back to me and said, “I will be reporting you to the police for harassment.” Princeton professor Dr. Imani Perry recently wrote:“My two sons, bright, creative and kind African American boys, aged 7 and 9,...
  • French far-right leader stripped of immunity [possible year in jail for anti-Muslim statements]

    07/02/2013 4:12:24 PM PDT · by grundle · 23 replies
    .aljazeera.com ^ | July 2, 2013
    French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been stripped of her European Parliament immunity and may now face charges of racism over comments she made comparing Muslims praying on streets to Nazi occupation during World War II. If found guilty of inciting racial hatred, she would face a maximum penalty of one year in prison and $60,000 in fines. In her speech, made in 2010 in Lyon and broadcast in France, Le Pen said that "more and more burkas" were being seen in France. "After that came prayers in the streets... I'm sorry, but some people are very fond of...
  • Jared Marcum’s NRA T-Shirt

    07/01/2013 7:06:00 AM PDT · by National Review · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | July 1, 2013 | National Review
    The 14-year-old battles the court during his summer vacation. By Ian Tuttle Jared Marcum is 14 years old. He just graduated the eighth grade. And if prosecutors in Logan, W.Va., have their way, he will be a convict before he can legally operate a motor vehicle. Jared was thrust into the national limelight when, standing in the Logan Middle School cafeteria line, he refused a teacher’s order to turn his NRA T-shirt inside out to hide its image of a hunting rifle. In the principal’s office, he explained that the shirt was not in violation of school policy and that...
  • Free Justin Carter Now - The 19-year-old has been in prison since March for the crime of sarcasm.

    07/01/2013 11:48:53 AM PDT · by neverdem · 42 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 1, 2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    When defending the liberty of unsavory characters, I usually write of my native England. Not this week, alas. In the state of Texas, a 19-year-old man named Justin Carter sits in prison, ruthlessly stripped of his freedom for making an offensive joke. After a Facebook friend with whom he played video games described him as “crazy” and “messed up in the head,” Carter replied — sarcastically, one imagines — “Oh yeah, I’m real messed up in the head, I’m going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts.” He added “lol” and “jk”...
  • Girl buys water, spends night in jail [could get five years in jail]

    06/30/2013 2:05:27 PM PDT · by grundle · 99 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | June 30, 2013 | Dylan Stableford
  • Texas teen makes violent joke during video game, is jailed for months

    06/29/2013 4:33:02 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/27/2013 | Robby Soave
    Texas teenager who has been in jail since March faces an eight-year prison sentence because of a threatening joke he made while playing an online video game. In February, Justin Carter was playing “League of Legends” — an online, multiplayer fantasy game — when another player wrote a comment calling him insane. Carter’s response, which he now deeply regrets, was intended as joke.
  • Man Rescues Bald Eagle, Could Face Jail Time

    06/19/2013 7:34:22 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 19, 2013 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Man Rescues Bald Eagle, Could Face Jail Time An Indiana man was charged this week with the unlawful possession of a bald eagle, which the man says he cared for and rescued from the mud pit in which it was trapped. The former Department of Natural Resources employee, Jeffrey Henry, could face up to 60 days of jail time and a $500 fine as part of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, Yahoo reports: As reported by WISH News 8, Henry had the bird in his home for 11 hours after several weeks of caring for the sick animal...
  • The 14-year-old kid arrested over his pro-NRA shirt now faces a year in jail

    06/18/2013 8:01:35 AM PDT · by grundle · 32 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | June18, 2013
    The West Virginia eighth-grader who was suspended and arrested in late April after he refused to remove a t-shirt supporting the National Rifle Association appeared in court this week and was formally charged with obstructing an officer. As CBS affiliate WTRF reports, 14-year-old Jared Marcum now faces a $500 fine and a maximum of one year in prison. The boy’s father, Allen Lardieri, is not pleased. “Me, I’m more of a fighter and so is Jared and eventually we’re going to get through this,” Lardieri told WTRF. “I don’t think it should have ever gotten this far.” “Every aspect of...
  • THANK YOU – School Board Gets Rid of Zero Tolerance After Boys Suspended for Using Pencils as “Guns”

    06/17/2013 9:58:37 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 17 replies
    Finally! We have common sense in our public schools, at least in one Virginia school district anyway. After two boy were suspended for “using pencils like guns“, the Suffolk School Board decided to review their current weapons policy, which was a very strict zero tolerance policy which left no room for interpretation. According to 10News.com, Under the revised policy, school administrators can look at factors such as intentions of harm and whether the object is listed as a weapon to determine the punishment. Ordinary objects will not be considered weapons A local television station reports that school board members voted...
  • Eighth-Grader Who Refused to Remove NRA Shirt Could Face Year in Prison

    06/17/2013 6:03:27 PM PDT · by grundle · 41 replies
    National Review ^ | June 17, 2013 | Ian Tuttle
    Perhaps a suddenly firearm-friendly President Obama can put in a good word for Jared Marcum. In April, Marcum, an eighth-grader at Logan Middle School in Logan, W. Va., was arrested when he refused to take off his NRA t-shirt. The New York Daily News reports: The clothing kerfuffle began when Marcum wore a shirt bearing the NRA’s logo and a hunting rifle. As he stood in line in the cafeteria, a teacher ordered him to either change shirts or turn it inside out.Marcum declined and was sent to the office, where an officer was dispatched after he again refused to...
  • Suspension won’t be removed for five-year-old grilled over cap gun who then peed his pants

    06/17/2013 7:47:51 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 83 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6-17-2013 | Eric Owens
    School officials in Calvert County, Maryland have denied a request to expunge the suspension of the kindergartener who brought a plastic cap gun on a school bus last month and then wet his pants during a subsequent interrogation. The refusal came in the form of a letter dated Friday, reports The Washington Post. The letter stated that the five-year-old “did bring a cap gun in his book bag.” It also charged that some other children were frightened and told school officials that they couldn’t discern if the orange-tipped cowboy-style gun was real or fake. The unidentified kindergartener had brought the...
  • 7-Year-Old Boy Who Made Gun-Shaped Pastry Has Appeal Denied

    06/11/2013 7:21:46 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 82 replies
    The family of the 7-year-old boy from Ann Arundel County elementary school who was suspended for making a gun shape out of a pastry has tried to clear the boy’s record. This story made headlines across the country as the gun control debate has taken center stage among many elementary schools as some school administrators flex their muscles with a “zero tolerance policy” that excuses itself from common sense. But according to the Baltimore Sun school officials denied the boy’s family’s appeal on Monday, not allowing the boy’s record to be expunged of the incident. Robin Ficker, attorney for Park...
  • Gun play: 'Zero tolerance' toward schoolkids could backfire, says expert

    06/11/2013 11:41:40 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 6-11-2013 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Elementary educators trying to discourage children from settling pretend beefs with pretend guns is nothing new. But in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shooting, and with the grownups increasingly polarized over the Second Amendment, rules for recess, on the bus and in the classroom have become stricter than ever. Some say too strict. “These zero-tolerance policies are psychotic, in the strict sense of the word: psychotic means ‘out of touch with reality,’” Dr. Leonard Sax, a Pennsylvania psychologist and family physician, and author of “Boys Adrift,” told FoxNews.com. *** “Out-of-touch policies such as these, which criminalize behaviors which have...
  • Elementary School Beginning Toy Gun Turn-In Program

    06/10/2013 1:24:59 PM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | June 10, 2013 | William Bigelow
    Strobridge Elementary Principal Charles Hill has a brilliant idea: he’s holding a toy gun exchange next Saturday in which students of the Hayward, CA school can turn in a toy gun to receive a book and a raffle ticket to win one of four bicycles. Really. Hill believes that children who play with toy guns may not think real guns are dangerous. “Playing with toy guns, saying ‘I’m going to shoot you,’ desensitizes them, so as they get older, it’s easier for them to use a real gun,” he claims. Hill was inspired by a school photographer, Horace Gibson, who...
  • Texas high school silences Valedictorian's microphone during speech on Constitution, report says

    06/08/2013 7:45:18 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 208 replies
    Fox ^ | 06/08/13
    A Texas high school silenced its Valedictorian’s microphone during his speech when he diverted from his pre-approved remarks and instead spoke about the Constitution.
  • Nebraska school officials want boy named 'Hunter' to change his name

    06/07/2013 7:52:13 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 53 replies
    GOP USA ^ | June 7, 2013 | Rick Jensen
    Liberals believe in creating institutions to solve problems. Conservatives believe the individual is better at solving problems. A 3 year-old deaf boy in Lincoln, Nebraska is being bullied by public school officials to change his name because the hand sign for Hunter Spanjer looks like a weapon. The Grand Island school district has a policy that forbids kids bringing to school "any instrument ... that looks like a weapon." They can't change the sign, because it's the official hand sign for his name, registered through S.E.E., Sign Exact English. Pressure from the National Association of the Deaf and the public...
  • 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 · 24 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...
  • 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...