If only this 5-year old had brought in a bag of pot, nothing would have happened to her. School administrators at Southeast Elementary in Brighton, Colo. suspended a kindergartner for bringing a “fake weapon” to school, Fox Denver reported. We took the story off the NRA website.
The “weapon” has two Disney princesses on its clear plastic construction and it blows bubbles when the – and forgive my using this word – trigger is pulled. Maybe these officials need to be given a definition of the the word “weapon”.
In an interview with Denver’s KDVR, the young girl’s mother expressed her concern that she now has a record that will follow her through school. A warning call to the mother would have been better, she said.
“If they had contacted me and said can you make sure this doesn’t happen again, we just want you to be aware, I think that would have been a more appropriate way to handle the situation. Could we have a warning? It blows bubbles,” she told the reporter.
Frankly, I don’t understand why a call home is necessary for something this trite.
“I don’t want her to miss out on class. That’s a silly reason not to go to school. What bugs me is this is going to be something they can refer to if we have any issues in the future which I don’t foresee, but it’s always going to be lingering there in her school file,” the little girl’s mother said.
The school officials issued this statement, proving they are completely, 100% tone deaf:
While we hear and understand the parents of this student being concerned about this discipline in light of the student’s age and type of item, this suspension is consistent with our district policy as well as how Southeast has handled similar situations throughout this school year.
This has involved similar situations where students have brought items such as Nerf guns to school and also received one-day suspensions.
The bringing of weapons, real or facsimile, to our schools by students can not only create a potential safety concern but also cause a distraction for our students in the learning process. Our schools, particularly Southeast because of past instances with students bringing fake weapons to school, make a point of asking parents to be partners in making sure students are not bringing these items to school. This includes asking parents to check backpacks.
The Southeast Elementary Student Code of Conduct cites a school district facsimile weapons policy that states:
Carrying, using, actively displaying or threatening with the use of a firearm facsimile that could reasonably be mistaken for an actual firearm on district property, when being transported in vehicles dispatched by the district or one of its schools, during a school sponsored or district-sponsored activity or event, and off school property when such conduct has a reasonable connection to school or any district curricular or non-curricular event without the authorization of the school or school district is prohibited. Students who violate this policy provision may be subject to disciplinary action including but not limited to suspension and/or expulsion.
It blows BUBBLES!
These people also need to be given a definition of the word “facsimile”.
They need a dictionary.
Kids need protection from these people who are obviously going crazy. The NRA is getting laws passed to protect them.
In Florida, NRA helped enact the “Right to be a Kid” Act, also known as the “Pop Tart” bill – referring to a well-publicized incident where a student was disciplined for chewing a breakfast pastry into the shape of a firearm. This law targets some of the worst abuses, by making clear that “Simulating a firearm or weapon while playing or wearing clothing or accessories that depict a firearm or weapon or express an opinion regarding a right guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is not grounds for disciplinary action or referral to the criminal justice or juvenile justice system.”
h/t Gary Spina