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The image at center top is the remains of a PopTart after 7-year-old Josh tried to chew it into the shape of a mountain, just for fun, at Park Elementary School in the Baltimore area. His teacher spotted it, with tiny bits of red strawberry filling oozing out, and recognized it instantly as a dangerous weapon.
Josh’s dad was surprised to receive a telephone call from the school saying that Josh had been suspended from school for two days because he chewed his breakfast pastry into — the shape of a gun? He was astounded at the harsh punishment for his seven-year-old.
The school made sure that counseling is available for any students traumatized by the frightening toaster strudel ordeal.
The school sent home a letter to parents saying, “During breakfast this morning, one of our students used food to make inappropriate gestures that disrupted the class. While no physical threats were made and no one was harmed, the student had to be removed from the classroom.”
Parents should talk to their children if they’re troubled by the incident, the school said, and the school counselor will be available for any student who needs to talk.
If any students were traumatized, it was probably from observing that their teacher and their principal were stark raving loons, and in charge of their destiny.
The letter that went home with students described the incident:
Dear Parents and Guardians:
I am writing to let you know about an incident that occurred this morning in one of our classrooms and encourage you to discuss this matter with your child in a manner you deem most appropriate.
During breakfast this morning, one of our students used food to make inappropriate gestures that disrupted the class. While no physical threats were made and no one [was] harmed, the student had to be removed from the classroom.
As you are aware, the … Code of Student Conduct and appropriate consequences related to violations of the code are clearly spelled out in the Student Handbook, which was sent home during the first week of school and can be found on our website, http://www.aacps.org….
If your children express that they are troubled by today’s incident, please talk with them and help them share their feelings. Our school counselor is available to meet with any students who have the need to do so next week. In general, please remind them of the importance of making good choices.
Economist Daniel Mitchell is appalled by these examples of behavior by adults who work in government schools. He offers these contestants for the Stupid Official of the Year Award:
- The bureaucrats who suspended a 7-year boy for pretending to throw a non-existent grenade on the playground.
- The bureaucrats who suspended a 6-year old boy in Maryland for making a gun shape with his finger.
- The bureaucrats who busted a 5-year old girl in Pennsylvania for having a pink plastic gun that shoots bubbles.
- The teacher in Rhode Island who caught an 8-year old boy with some plastic toy army men.
- The bureaucrats who evacuated a school because an 11-year old boy made a motion detector for his science experiment.
- The bureaucrats in Florida who kicked an 8-year old boy out of school for a year because he had a plastic gun in his backpack.
- A dual award in Virginia, with half the prize for the bureaucrats who suspended a 10-year old boy for a toy gun and half the prize for the cops who then arrested the kid.
ADDENDUM: From Instapundit today:
IT’S COME TO THIS: ‘Toaster Pastry Gun Freedom Act’ proposed in Maryland. “A Maryland state senator has crafted a bill to curb the zeal of public school officials who are tempted to suspend students as young as kindergarten for having things — or talking about things, or eating things — that represent guns, but aren’t actually anything like real guns.”
And I love this: “The bill also includes a section mandating counseling for school officials who fail to distinguish between guns and things that resemble guns.” Seems fair. We’re always told that public education is important because it fosters critical thinking, but critical thinking seems to be in short supply among public educators.