The latest in toy gun control hysteria comes out of two schools, one in the Bronx and one in Hyannis, Massachusetts. A school in the Bronx was put on lockdown because a student told a school aide that another student had a gun. The principal notified the NYPD, and they came and conducted a search while the school was on lockdown for over an hour. Eventually, the cops located a Nerf gun that fires foam bullets. No news on whether it was a semi-automatic weapon or not.
The other scare comes out of Hyannis, Massachusetts, a village on Cape Cod about 70 miles from Boston. Five-year-old Joseph Cardosa attends preschool there. In an after school program, he was playing with Legos and made a gun out of them. But that wasn’t all. He then took the “gun” and allegedly ran around the classroom making shooting sounds as he chased others. School administrators took this incident as a threat to other students and told the parents that he would be suspended if it happened again.
The school administrator said that they’re trying to create an atmosphere of respect, and they want everyone there to feel safe.
The CBS affiliate that reported on the incident spoke to a child psychologist who said that he understands both sides of the issue, but that “in this politically-charged climate, the rules are changing almost daily for families and teachers.”
But how is this creating an “atmosphere of respect” to completely overreact to situations that involve toys? Locking down a school over a Nerf gun and threatening to suspend a child for attaching Legos to one another in such a way that they vaguely resemble a gun? They’ll say that they’ll take any threat seriously because who knows, maybe some day it will be an actual gun. It’s happened before, and so they can’t be too careful these days.
It’s this kind of talk that will lead to TSA security theater checkpoints at government schools. Every student entering the school will be subjected to pat downs, gropings and body scans to ensure they’re not hiding anything, not even a toy gun.
If they’re so concerned about students feeling safe that they would outlaw the very “appearance of evil” such as gun drawings, toys and hands shaped like guns, then why in the world would a Chicago area high school plan a shooting drill where officers would fire blanks in the school hallways:
[T]he “code red” drill at Cary-Grove High School will require teachers and staff to secure their rooms, draw the shades, and lock the doors. Police officers will then swarm the school, and someone will fire the blanks to mimic a shootout in the hallway. The district says the drill is designed to prepare students to deal with a school shooting, and will help familiarize them with the sound of gunfire.
In their effort to create an atmosphere of respect and security, they’ll simulate a mass shooting to “familiarize students with the sound of gunfire,” just in case it actually happens to them. So Nerf guns, gun drawings and hands shaped like guns can traumatize other students especially in the wake of the Newtown massacre, but simulated mass shootings are OK. Makes perfect sense.