Nuggets of Wisdom

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

No More Pop Tart Suspensions In Florida!


Liberal Logic 101


Remember last year when a second-grader was suspended for playing with his Pop Tart like a gun? Well, Florida just passed a bill preventing schools from suspending students over stupid crap like that:
Gov. Rick Scott today signed into law a bill that says students cannot get into trouble for "brandishing a partially consumed pastry" or other harmless items meant to simulate a gun. The "Pop-Tart" bill aims to stop students from getting in trouble for play that involves obviously pretend guns. Students shouldn't face discipline, for example, for drawing a picture of a gun or pretending a pencil or their finger was a firearm.

The bill is similar to legislation first proposed in Maryland, after a 7-year-old boy was suspended from his Baltimore school for chewing a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun. That case was widely viewed as an example of zero-tolerance policies gone too far.

State lawmakers have, in recent years, worked to dial back Florida's zero-tolerance policies, fearful hard-line enforcement had led to students being suspended for relatively minor infractions. Advocates for reforming school discipline policies have been in favor of such moves.
I’m not sure whether it’s a good thing that kids can now play with their Pop Tarts in peace, or a sad thing that schools have to be reminded that playing with Pop Tarts is not grounds for suspension. Really? That ought to be common sense!