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bkt 08-22-2007 08:55 PM

School suspends boy for sketching gun
This is sick. Schools should have in loco parentis (in the place of a parent) responsibilities while kids are at school. But when no actual harm is done and the parents don't disapprove of a reasonable act, the school is waaaaay overstepping its bounds to the point of indoctrinating kids against parents' wishes.

Source: School suspends boy for sketching gun
Associated Press
Aug. 22, 2007 06:34 AM

Chandler school officials have suspended a 13-year-old boy for sketching a picture that resembled a gun, saying it posed a threat to classmates.

But parents of the Payne Junior High School student said the drawing was a harmless doodle of a fake laser, and school officials overreacted.

"I just can't believe that there wasn't another way to resolve this," said Paula Mosteller, the boy's mother. "He's so upset. The school made him feel like he committed a crime. They are doing more damage than good."

The Mostellers said the drawing did not show blood, bullets, injuries, or target any human. They said it was just a drawing that resembled a gun.

But Payne Junior High administrators thought the sketch was enough of a threat and gave the boy a five-day suspension, later reduced to three days.

Chandler district spokesman Terry Locke said the sketch was "absolutely considered a threat," and threatening words or pictures are punishable.

The school did not contact police and did not provide counseling or an evaluate the boy to determine if he intended the drawing as a threat.

School officials issued the suspension Monday afternoon. They notified the student's father, Ben Mosteller. He met with school officials and persuaded them to shorten his son's suspension from 5 days to 3.

Ben Mosteller said that when he came to the school to discuss his son's punishment, school officials mentioned the seriousness of the issue and talked about the massacre at Colorado's Columbine High School - the site where two teenagers shot and killed 12 students and injured 24 others in 1999.

The Mostellers said the Columbine reference was extreme and offensive.

They have contacted the district's governing board about the incident involving their son.

BLS33 08-22-2007 09:13 PM

What the hell?!?!? How is drawing a picture of anything a threat? Then they compare it to Columbine, which is as far fetched and asanine as is possible. That kind of crap really makes my blood boil, putting a kid through this for a harmless doodle.

bkt 08-22-2007 09:18 PM

Compare this to the 12-year-old arab boy who recently beheaded a captive with a knife at the urging of a bunch of adults.

BLS33 08-22-2007 09:24 PM

What are kids supposed to look up to now-a-days?

ScottG 08-22-2007 11:40 PM

This is just a commentary on the sad state of affairs in our society today. Post Columbine, post Virginia Tech, post 911, authorities in many places were exposed as either incompetent or complacent.

The worst thing to happen to someone in power is to be taken lightly or as a fool by those they govern. Therefore to make leaders appear to be strong and in charge, many foolish laws and rules were enacted. We see daily the results of such things. Zero tolerance has stopped no great crimes but has enabled petty tyrannies to develop for the good of the children. They say, "we are protecting our children from insert choice here." They can then pat themselves on the back and congratulate themselves for their ingenuity. They've done nothing to secure society or their charges. Illusion of action is their primary goal. As long as another catastrophe doesn't occur, they can claim hollow victories. Strutting and preening in the press as heroes even though all their edifices are made of sand.

These things will continue until we as a society put a stop to them. When events such as these occur we must publicly ridicule those who overreact. Once you start laughing at those who think they know better than you and have a right to rule you, things can change.

cnorman18 08-23-2007 12:20 AM

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane."
--Marcus Aurelius

Quigs 08-23-2007 04:47 AM

Better get rid of every history book that has pictures of war in them...

Taxpayer 08-23-2007 03:45 PM

What many people fail to understand is why government schools are doing these types of things. It is clear to me that they are conditining children to have a deep rooted aversion to weapons of any kind so that when they are adults they will be terrified at the thought of owning or even touching a firearm. Guns will be so much easier to ban then.

Pounce 08-23-2007 07:31 PM

NWO perhaps? :(

bkt 08-23-2007 09:36 PM

Here's the "threatening" sketch:

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