Thanks in large part to the overreaction progressives have toward mass shootings, our culture has become one with an irrational fear of firearms.
Nowhere is this more clearly seen than public schools, which have such an aversion to guns, they’ll boot a student to the curb, no matter what age, for silly things like eating a Pop Tart into the shape of a pistol.
Or bringing a squirt gun to school, which is exactly what happened to a second-grade boy who was given a ten-day suspension and could face permanent expulsion for his act of mischief.
The Daily Caller reports, In the latest incident of anti-gun hysteria to erupt in a school setting, a second-grade boy has been suspended from school for 10 days and could be permanently expelled because he brought a small water pistol and a small Nerf gun to school.
The 7-year-old boy, Josiah Green, lives in Portsmouth, Virginia and attends Douglass Park Elementary School, reports local NBC affiliate WAVY-TV.
Josiah was busted with the two toys — which look and, obviously, operate nothing like real weapons — back in May. He had the toy contraband in his pockets in gym class. He wasn’t aiming the guns at anyone, his mother said.
The boy’s mother, Audreyann Davis, said school officials have threatened that her son now faces permanent expulsion because of the incident.
“He’s small and he made a mistake,” the mad mother added. “He didn’t know what he was doing. He doesn’t even understand what’s going on and why he can’t bring his toy guns to school.”
The school is sticking by their decision to suspend the boy, and even proudly touted their zero tolerance policy, stating the water gun and Nerf toy could be mistaken for real weapons.
It’s absolutely absurd and completely ludicrous to state that a water gun looks even a little bit like an actual, fully functioning firearm.
There’s a lot of insane and quite frankly, idiotic statements about guns floating around out there, but this one is definitely taking things to a whole new level.
It would be a different ballgame if the young man brought something that looked remotely realistic, but these were clearly toys.
The problem with zero tolerance policies is they lack any sort of grace or understanding, attempting to apply one rule and one punishment across a wide spectrum of situations, each bringing unique circumstances to the table.
Hopefully the school board comes to its senses and just drops this whole thing before it is further embarrassed by the absurdity of its own knee-jerk reaction to an innocent mistake.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]