Some parents need to get a grip. And some school districts need new officials AND new policies.
Case in point:
2nd-Grader Suspended for Drawing of Gun
Oct 20, 4:41 PM (ET)
DENNIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A second-grader's drawing of a stick figure shooting a gun earned him a one-day school suspension.
Kyle Walker, 7, was suspended last week for violating Dennis Township Primary School's zero-tolerance policy on guns, the boy's mother, Shirley McDevitt, told The Press of Atlantic City.
Kyle gave the picture to another child on the school bus, and that child's parents complained about it to school officials, McDevitt said. Her son told her the drawing was of a water gun, she said.
A photocopy of the picture provided by McDevitt showed two stick figures with one pointing a crude-looking gun at the other, the newspaper said. What appeared to be the word "me" was written above the shooter, with another name scribbled above the other figure.
School officials declined to comment Friday. A message left at the superintendent's office Saturday was not returned.
Kyle drew other pictures, including a skateboarder, King Tut, a ghost, a tree and a Cyclops, the newspaper reported.
I just found out last week that here in the Clark County School District, their "zero tolerance for violence" policy calls for anyone involved in a fight to be suspended, even if students are defending themselves.
Even if a 6'4'' football player were to be whaling on my 5'2'' daughter, if she merely tried to block a blow, or tried to push him away, she'd be suspended, too.
And it wouldn't matter whether a teacher witnessed the whole thing and wrote down in his/her report exactly what happened, either.
Good-bye, scholarships. Good-bye National Honor Society.
Fuck you, Clark County School District!
I told Silver to avoid conflict as much as possible, of course, but to defend herself to the best of her ability if necessary.
I refuse to tell my daughter she should cower and let herself be beaten to a pulp without lifting a finger in self defense.
It just sickens me.