More zero tolerance against boys and their imaginations was demonstrated against a first-grader in Colorado Springs.
It is time to acknowledge it: Until we start punishing school administrators they will continue to demonstrate this intolerant, child-warping, and irrational behavior. We entrust the minds of our children to these arrogant fools. They suffer no consequences for betraying this trust.
KRDO.com reports, “6-year-old suspended after pointing at classmate in shape of gun.”
A Colorado Springs first-grader was suspended from school after pointing his fingers at a classmate in the shape of a gun.
Six-year-old Elijah goes to Stratton Meadows Elementary School. On Monday, he pointed at a classmate in the shape of a gun and said, “You’re dead.”
According to his behavior report, an administrator spoke with him about what being dead means and about not confusing “make-believe” or things in games with reality. And he received a one-day suspension for threats against peers.
“I know they have zero tolerance, but more of a maybe no recess,” his dad, Austin Thurston said. “Going as far as a one-day suspension is a little extreme for a six-year-old in a first-grade class.”
A spokesperson for Harrison School District 2, which Stratton Meadows is a part of, couldn’t give specifics about the case, because it’s part of the student’s personal record. But she said school administrators feel they issued the appropriate disciplinary action.
She also said school staff speaks with students and parents before a suspension, and they consider current as well as previous behaviors.
Elijah has been at the school since January. His dad said while he had minor behavioral incidents in his previous school, this was the first time he got in trouble at Stratton Meadows.
“Of course I think he was playing,” Thurston said. “What six-year-old doesn’t play cops and robbers, or cowboys and Indians?”
The parents obviously want to teach their son about what is not appropriate behavior. They even had the boy write an apology letter.
But how can this possibly rate a day’s suspension!
It isn’t like anyone was just not thinking about an appropriate punishment. The fact that the school district refuses to back down isn’t so shocking because government bureaucrats never want to admit that they are in error.
But they knew what they were doing going into this. Everyone has heard the stories so there could be no thoughtlessness about their decision on how to deal with a six-year-old. They knew what they were doing.
How do I know this? Because of all the news stories that have been coming out. A few examples:
- A state legislature has actually had to ban schools for punishing children for eating their pastries into vague gun shapes.
- A teen got suspended for a BB gun that he did not bring to school.
- A science teacher got banned from a classroom because a student’s science project resembled a catapult.
- Two students’ legal and private hobby off school grounds got them suspended and threatened with expulsion.
And there are many more. No school educator could be ignorant of what is going on. They have read about stuff like this and they have read about the outrage.
And they have chosen their side when they do this kind of thing.
That’s why I say: Until school administrators start having their pay cut or (better) start getting fired, we are only going to see more stories like this.