What’s surprising is that I don’t think the kid is facing suspension for his misdeed. He’s been temporarily suspended from riding the bus, however. And he got detention. And he had to write a formal apology to the bus driver for “causing a disturbance” on the bus. But so far, that’s it.
The disturbance on the bus seemed to have actually been caused by a fellow student who yelled repeatedly about the tiny, plastic toy gun in the hands of his classmate. Looking at a picture of the toy, it’s not much bigger than a quarter. The tattletale also had to write an apology to the bus driver.
The bus driver claimed that not only did the toy-wielding kid cause a disturbance on the bus, but he also “traumatized” other students by having it. I wonder if the school will offer counseling to those students who were traumatized by the toy.
That’s actually exactly what one school did when a similar incident happened. If you remember, it was the case where a 2nd grader ate his pastry into the shape of a mountain, but all the teacher could see was a gun. The kid got suspended for 2 days, and all the parents got letters from the school telling them of the “incident.” Here’s what it read, in part:
“I am writing to let you know about an incident that occurred this morning in one of our classrooms and encourage you to discuss this matter with your child in a manner you deem most appropriate. During breakfast this morning, one of our students used food to make inappropriate gestures that disrupted the class. While no physical threats were made and no one [was] harmed, the student had to be removed from the classroom…”
It gets better. They even offer counseling to those kids traumatized by the event:
“If your children express that they are troubled by today’s incident, please talk with them and help them share their feelings. Our school counselor is available to meet with any students who have the need to do so next week. In general, please remind them of the importance of making good choices.”
What I don’t understand about the tiny, plastic toy gun incident is that they reprimanded the tattletale. The tattletale’s reaction is exactly what government schools are fostering with their paranoia toward guns and their no-tolerance policies that get kids suspended for drawing pictures or pointing their fingers in firearm-suggestive ways. If anything, the school officials should be proud of the progress they’re making in brainwashing kids to be scared to death of the mere “appearance of evil” of guns.