You just can’t make this shit up.
A lime-green Nerf toy gun caused an hours-long lock-down at a Long Island school on Tuesday.
A 911 caller told Nassau County Police she saw a suspicious teen at about 7:38 a.m. Tuesday wearing a black jacket and carrying a black backpack at Elmont Memorial high School in Elmont.
The caller said he was also carrying a lime green gun.
A SWAT team searched the school room by room. Parents were allowed to pick up their children early Tuesday afternoon.
They eventually found the toy lime green and yellow lever action Nerf gun in a student locker. Police did not make any arrests and the lockdown was lifted.
School officials confiscated the toy gun and say it will be returned to the parents.
Inspector Kenneth Lack says the heightened response was due to “an abundance of precaution.”
More like an abundance of stupidity. In the school’s paranoid mindset, Nerf guns are lethal weapons. Good thing it wasn’t a water pistol. They would have charged the little tyke with carrying an illegal water cannon.
Is it child’s play or a serious threat of gun violence? For the second time in less than a month, a Maryland child is kicked out of school for using his finger in the shape of a gun. Kai Jackson has more on the controversy.
No one is debating the importance of keeping children safe. The question being asked is what’s child’s play and what’s not?
Controversy at a Talbot County school after two six-year-old boys were suspended while playing cops and robbers during recess and using their fingers to make an imaginary gun.
“It’s ridiculous,” said parent Julia Merchant
This is the second time a Maryland child has been suspended for such play. Earlier this month, six-year-old Rodney Lynch was suspended from his Montgomery County school after pretending to fire an imaginary gun more than once.
“Just pointing your fingers like this and then she did the pow sound and I just went like that and then I got sent to the office again,” Lynch said.
The school reversed its decision after Rodney’s parents appealed.
“They’re saying he threatened a student, threatened to shoot a student. He was playing,” said Rodney’s father, Rodney Lynch, Sr.
The parents of a 6-year-old boy are fighting the first-grader’s suspension from a public school in Montgomery County, Maryland for pointing his finger like a gun and saying “pow,” an incident school officials characterized in a disciplinary letter as a threat “to shoot a student.”
The first-grader was suspended for one day, Dec. 21. The family’s attorney filed an appeal Wednesday, asking that the incident be expunged from the boy’s school record amid concerns of long-term fallout.
……Montgomery schools spokesman Dana Tofig said he could not discuss individual students for privacy reasons. But in a written statement, Tofig said the suspension “was not a kneejerk reaction to a single incident.”
In disciplining young students, Tofig added: “We always make sure there is clear conversation with the student and parents about any behaviors that have to change and what the consequences are if that behavior doesn’t change.”
School officials recognize that “suspending a student is a serious matter, and that is especially true of a student who is in our early grades,” Tofig said, adding that school officials must deal with behavior that affects a school’s sense of safety and security.
……In Silver Spring, Md., the 6-year-old’s parents received a Dec. 20 letter from Renee Garraway, an assistant principal at Roscoe Nix Elementary School, saying that their son “threatened to shoot a student” and that he had been spoken to earlier about similar behavior.
Responding to questions from the family’s attorney, school officials later offered more detail, responding in a letter that an assistant principal had warned one parent that the child’s behavior could lead to a suspension. At school, a counselor “had an extended conversation” with the child to emphasize “the inappropriateness of using objects to make shooting gestures,” and an assistant principal had talked to the boy about the “seriousness” of the issue, the letter said.
Two 6-year-old students were suspended Thursday from White Marsh Elementary School, according to one boy’s parents, for using their fingers as imaginary guns in what one parent calls a “childish game of cops and robbers in the schoolyard.”
“This is easily the most ludicrous thing I have ever heard of,” said Army Staff Sgt. Stephen Grafton, father of one of the first-graders. “This, a completely harmless act of horseplay at recess, was by no means an offense that warranted a suspension. It was a pair of 6-year-olds playing with imaginary pistols, one of whom has a father who is charged by the United States with using firearms in his defense.”
The suspension in Talbot County comes on the heels of another Maryland student, also 6 years old, who was suspended from Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring. This child was removed from his school for one day for aiming his finger at another student and saying “Pow.” The student’s parents hired an attorney, and the school reversed the suspension decision and removed it from his school record.
According to Grafton and Teri Bildstein, the child’s mother, their son was playing at recess with another child and they were using their hands as imaginary guns. Another student reported them to staffers, who called Principal Marcia Sprankle. Sprankle recommended the boys be suspended, said Bildstein.
“The biggest concern we have right now is the consistency in discipline practices: What deserves a note home? What deserves a phone call to a parent? If he is in trouble for something like this now, what does this bode for the rest of his education at this school?” Bildstein said. “These are situations he could learn from and this is a severe punishment for this age. I want to know what the school board considers appropriate behavior and the appropriate consequences for a child his age.”
Better not point that finger at someone, it might be loaded.
Note the common denominator of the school officials. They’ve got their panties in a wad over normal kids behavior that they interpret as threatening. And to further prove just how asinine they are, they justify their ham-handed authority with phrases like “an abundance of precaution” and calling out SWAT teams to take out little kids with toy guns. Like the Transportation Stupidity Agency, they can’t tell the difference between a non-threat and real danger.
When I was a kid, we played the same games on the playground. We played cops and robbers, acted out military-style attacks, and ambushed each other with imaginary (and toy) guns. It’s frightening to think that if I were a kid under the current regime, I’d be suspended for doing what comes naturally to kids.
Now, it’s all about behavior modification to make kids into good little mindless bots with no playful imagination.
Congratulations, America. The Obama Nanny State has transformed our country into a nation of cowardly bed wetters.