Second Grade Student Suspended for Drawing Stick Figure Firi

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  1. zookeper

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  2. moonchicken

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    As someone else on this forum said before: "zero tolerance = zero intelligence".
     

  3. N.T.F.S.

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    Just another way to breed a generation of sheeple. Its instilled in these these kids at such a young age that guns are bad , the only people that should have them are the police and the army, they are there to protect you, don't fight back, cower in the corner, you should'nt stand your ground because there is more of a chance that you will get hurt BLAA, BLAA,BLAA. its getting worse and worse.

    as seen on this forum "gun control is not about the guns, it's about control"
     
  4. merlock

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    I won't be surprised if they make the kid have a mental health exam before allowing him to return to school. :evil:
     
  5. ptsmith24

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  6. ptsmith24

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    Yea, he's probably already on the NICS ban list, no fly list, terrorist watch list. OMGXORZ!!11! freeze his bank account, tap his phone line. Hell, let's call the SWAT and bust into his house!
     
  7. wsweeks2

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    I can hear the PIO for the police agency - "Thankfully no one was hurt. With todays high powered water pistols, you never know just what can happen in these situations."

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  8. Macktee

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    Zero tolerance does do one thing really well.....


    It provides a wonderful shield for educators who are unwilling to make decisions to hide behind! Instead of doing their jobs, far too many school administrators just hide behind "zero tolerance". People afraid to make decisions should not be in positions of responsibility!

    Here's another article on the same incident:




    http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/top_ ... 8945c.html



    Sketch gets student, 7, school suspension


    By BRIAN IANIERI Staff Writer, 609-463-6713
    (Published: October 20, 2007)

    DENNIS TOWNSHIP - A single mother said the school district overreacted by suspending her 7-year-old son for drawing a smiling stick figure shooting another smiling stick figure with a gun.

    Shirley McDevitt said her son, Kyle Walker, was suspended Thursday for one day after school officials found out about the drawing, sketched on a piece of paper.

    Kyle attends second grade at the Dennis Township Primary School in Cape May County.

    McDevitt, of Belleplain, said she was told he was suspended because of the school's zero-tolerance policy for guns.

    "Are they abusing the zero-tolerance law? I'm sure it's a judgment call, but when does the law start?" McDevitt said Friday. "What I'm told is it's the time we live in. Is it the time we live in when a little boy can't draw a picture?"

    Dennis Township Superintendent George Papp declined to comment Friday.

    McDevitt produced a photocopy of the picture that landed the older of her two children in trouble.

    There were two stick figures, one pointing a crude-looking gun at another. Above the shooter appeared to be the word "me" and another name was scribbled above the other figure.

    McDevitt said Kyle gave the picture, sketched on a "Home Reading Record," to another child on the school bus.

    The other child's parents later approached the school, disturbed about the picture, :sheep: she said. McDevitt was informed Wednesday and was told her son was suspended for a day.

    Kyle returned to school Friday.

    Although the boy stayed home for a day, his mother didn't punish him for his suspension. For one, she said, her son told her the drawing was of a water gun, not a firearm.

    "I said, 'You're not in trouble. But you can't do it in school anymore,'" she said.

    Kyle, whose hobbies include skateboarding and drawing, drew several other pictures, including a skateboarder, King Tut, a ghost, a tree and a Cyclops - all in red and black ink.

    McDevitt said she has asked the Dennis Township School District to remove the incident from Kyle's record for fear the drawing will have repercussions throughout his time in school.

    "My child is 7 years old. What 7-year-old do you know that's not fascinated by guns and bombs and everything?" she said. "Especially a boy."

    Kyle and his younger brother had just finished writing their Christmas lists to Santa on Tuesday while sitting around the kitchen table before bedtime.

    On his 10-sentence list, his mother said, were a new skateboard, a flat-screen television, a Nintendo Wii and a box of candy canes.

    Debra Jacobs, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, was informed of the mother's account of what happened with her son.

    If the description was accurate, Jacobs said the suspension seemed a harsh measure by the school.

    "(It) isn't productive from a discipline perspective, it isn't productive from a school safety perspective and it is bad policy," she said. "What are they accomplishing by keeping that child home?"

    Although it is not common, cases of young children suspended for depictions of weapons have occurred in other schools across the country and in New Jersey, she said.

    In March 2000, four kindergarten boys at an elementary school in northern New Jersey were suspended for three days after playing cops and robbers, using their fingers as guns, according to previous news reports.

    In Arizona in August, a 13-year-old boy was suspended for turning in homework with a drawing of a gun on it, the East Valley Tribune in Arizona reported.



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  9. S&W 40

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    Soon will be mind control...

    :bsflag: How about a new emoticon with an IDIOT flag?
     
  10. SigP229

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    Imagine if he drew a mushroom cloud? They would have evacuated the school.
     
  11. Sharky

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    just another example of whats to come if things dont change soon. I owuld have been jailed as a child! Some of the war games we played in the yard, drawings, collectable toys we brought to school, just about everything we did you have us in the mental ward.

    Friggin sad. No wonder other countries are getting brave against us. They see the young people as vulnerable. We are not the country we once were.
     
  12. dwalker

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    That is freaking ridiculous! :shock: Just last week one of my kids did the same exact thing, I'm not kidding. He drew a stick figure shooting a handgun at what looked like a deer(luckily not another person). Anyway, it was in his folder that gets sent home with all of his work from the previous week. I looked at him and told him that he did a really good job with the drawing, but not to draw pictures of guns at school anymore. Parent/teacher conferences were a few days later and my wife asked his teacher if she noticed it and she just laughed....luckily she hasn't been brain washed yet, lol. I don't know what I would have done if they suspended him for that, thats just stupid!
     
  13. M249

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    If you actually care about your children, send them to private school or home-school them. 8)
     
  14. merlock

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  15. ptsmith24

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    Yea, socialist class had plenty to say about schools yesterday. :roll:

    "It's so unfair" Bitch and moan about it, but never want to do anything except socialize everything. That's the solution to everything, you know. I cannot WAIT to finish that class.
     
  16. RedBeard

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    What class is that? I was surprised out how left-leaning Georgia Southern is when I was a grad student there.

    I came from a traditional land grant university for my undergrad. The lefties were far outnumbered.

    I felt like the lone beacon of sanity at Southern.
     
  17. ptsmith24

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    Sociology 1101. I'm in it to fulfill that credit. Nothing more. At least in my other potentially biased classes (government, economics, etc.), they presented FACTS and tried their best (and did a pretty good job) of keeping their personal opinion out of it. Of course, they can say their personal opinion all they want. Just don't try and pass it off as fact. In sociology, it's just "according to the facts...<insert>". Doesn't cite anything. I want to ask him one day... "How is it that we can be accused of plagiarism for not citing our sources, but you can blab off 'stats' all day and not think twice about it? Setting a real good example there..." Oh well... :soapbox: :rant: