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Thursday, June 6, 2013

11-Year-Old Suspended For Talking About Guns

Public school students have been suspended for playing with toy guns, tearing paper into guns, forming pop tarts into guns, wearing t-shirts with guns, and pointing their fingers like guns.

Now, in what has to be by far the dumbest incident involving a zero-tolerance policy, a student has been suspended for talking about guns:
The father of a middle schooler in Calvert County, Md. says his 11-year-old son was suspended for 10 days for merely talking about guns on the bus ride home.

Bruce Henkelman of Huntingtown says his son, a sixth grader at Northern Middle School in Owings, was talking with friends about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre when the bus driver hauled him back to school to be questioned by the principal, Darrel Prioleau.

"The principal told me that with what happened at Sandy Hook if you say the word 'gun' in my school you are going to get suspended for 10 days," Henkelman said in an interview with

So what did the boy say?  According to his father, he neither threatened nor bullied anyone.

"He said, I wish I had a gun to protect everyone. He wanted to defeat the bad guys. That's the context of what he said," Henkelman said. "He wanted to be the hero."

The boy was questioned by the principal and a sheriff's deputy, who also wanted to search the family home without a warrant, Henkelman said. "He started asking me questions about if I have firearms, and [the deputy said] he's going to have to search my house.  Search my house?  I just wanted to know what happened."

No search was performed, and the deputy left Henkelman's home after the father answered questions in a four-page questionnaire issued by the Sheriff's Office.

A boy merely talks about guns, and not only does that get him suspended, but also interrogated by the police--who wanted to search his house for firearms WITHOUT A WARRANT! Sheesh! What excuse won't the pigs use to bypass constitutional protections against unreasonable search or seizure?

I can understand if the boy had threatened to shoot another boy with a gun. But that wasn't the case. The kid was merely having a casual conversation about recent events. And that was grounds for suspension because he uttered the word "gun"?

At this point, I'm half-excepting the next suspension story to be over a student giving an oral report on the American Revolution because he mentioned how the colonists fought the Redcoats with guns.

If that happens, the student may also get into trouble if he elucidates how overthrowing tyrannical government was the main reason the Founders wrote the Second Amendment. Because informing public school students they have rights is too controversial!

Wouldn't want to inform the future slaves to the corporate state that they have rights. No! That would be education, and the "public education system" simply isn't about that. It's about programming obedient workers to serve the corporate state. So shut up!