Two 7-Year-Olds Suspended For Playing With Pencils

Just because these kinds of cases have become so commonplace doesn’t mean we should be any less outraged by them. Any time we see them, we should be angered at the sheer stupidity of government schoolteachers and officials who have deluded themselves into believing that they’re actually performing a public service. These are the kinds of things they do with taxpayers’ money.

This particular outrage comes out of Suffolk, Virginia, but the details and framework of the case are virtually identical to all the other cases involving small kids being suspended for being kids.

Two 7-year-olds were playing with their pencils, pointing them at each other and making shooting sounds. This violated the school’s zero tolerance policy, which the school system’s spokesman Bethanne Bradshaw said has been in place for twenty years. She said that the policy also prohibits the drawing of guns and pointing one’s fingers “in a threatening manner.”

When the father of one of the students asked his son what happened, his son told him that he was “being a Marine, and the other guy was being a bad guy.” The problem is, according to Bradshaw, that a pencil becomes a weapon when it is pointed at another student “in a threatening way” and when “gun noises are made.”

Whether Bradshaw went to a government school or a private school, I think we can say, without fear of contradiction, that her parents paid way too much for her education. She continued:

 “Some children would consider it threatening, who are scared about shootings in schools or shootings in the community. Kids don’t think about ‘Cowboys and Indians’ anymore, they think about drive-by shootings and murders and everything they see on television news every day…It’s an effort to try to get kids not to bring any form of violence, even if it’s violent play, into the classroom. There has to be a consequence because it’s a rule. And it’s a rule that the principals go over.”

 Who says kids don’t play Cowboys and Indians anymore? These are boys we’re talking about. It’s usually the boys who get in trouble with their teachers over these silly incidents involving imaginary guns. Maybe they don’t call it Cowboys and Indians anymore, but it’s the same game. As the father of one of the students recounted, they were playing “Marines and Bad Guys.” Maybe the “bad guys” were Muslim terrorists.

Oh, but we must remember tolerance. Let’s not rush to judgment here. We shouldn’t treat Islam any differently than any other religion. They’re all equal. And the school has a zero tolerance policy against intolerance. Unless it’s something that’s actually evil. Like a gun-shaped hand. Or pastry.

If parents want to clog up the court system with lawsuits against these idiots in government schools, that would be fine. But the next step should be to remove their kids from these brainwashing camps.