The Calvert County, Md., kindergartner who was suspended last week for brandishing an unloaded cap gun on a school bus returned to class Monday. The crime wave in Calvert County is over.
The school initially suspended the 5-year-old for 10 days, but relented in the fear and trembling of public ridicule. The boy’s “sentence” was commuted to time served. Score one for common sense, a commodity uncommon in the face of inflexible “zero tolerance” policies against harmless items that vaguely resemble guns, such as tiny fingers and oddly shaped sweet potatoes.
Josh Welsh, 8, a student at Park Elementary School in Anne Arundel County, Md., was suspended for the crime of chewing a Pop Tart into the shape of a gun and saying, “Bang, bang.” A group of concerned citizens in Anne Arundel bought Josh a lifetime membership in the National Rifle Association.
Such incidents are becoming increasingly common. A pair of Suffolk County, Va., second-graders who were suspended for two days for pointing pencils at one another and making gun noises in a game they called a Marine and a “bad guy.” A deaf 3-year-old in Nebraska was targeted because his name in American Sign Language requires him to make a gesture that resembles a gun. A 5-year-old girl in Mount Carmel, Pa., was suspended from kindergarten for telling a friend she was going to shoot her with a pink Hello Kitty soap-bubble gun.
Where do they find the nuts who make and administer such rules? Mickey Mouse is offended. Political correctness destroys things that were once an ordinary part of growing up. School districts around the country have wiped out classic playground tag and dodgeball as being “too violent.”
Feminist zealots have spent decades trying to cajole society into raising androgynous boys and girls. It’s an effort that has largely failed, for a very simple reason. Boys will be boys, and girls will be girls. (Hormones demand it.) Toy guns will always be a part of a boy’s childhood, despite the efforts of certain educationists, who were apparently deprived of a childhood. If they’re denied physical toy guns, kids will take up virtual arms in video games. Calvert County must expunge this incident from the kindergartner’s school record, as his family requests. They have embarrassed themselves.
The Washington Times