Via This is True:
Two second-graders from Driver Elementary School in Suffolk, Va., were suspended. The 7-year- old boys’ crime: using pencils as “guns.” They pointed the writing instruments at each other and made “shooting noises,” which violated the school’s zero tolerance policy prohibiting “look-alike guns.”
That’s “intimidating and threatening,” said school spokeswoman Bethanne Bradshaw. “It doesn’t have a place in the classroom.” She added that doing the same thing with fingers is also forbidden, as is drawing a picture of a gun. “It’s an effort to try to get kids not to bring any form of violence, even if it’s violent play, into the classroom,” Bradshaw said. “There has to be a consequence because it’s a rule.”
(RC/Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot) …As a rule, I’m beginning to dislike government school spokesdroids.
I grew up playing cops and robbers, cowboys and indians. As far as I was concerned, the issue was not the label cowboy or the label indian, however dubious those shows were. As a kid, the issue was the action and yes, we made “shooting noises”, which seems to be preferable to shooting bullets.
Last time I checked, I don’t appear to have grown up as a psychopathic killer, I don’t hate indians and don’t particularly love cowboys. I don’t even feel any great need to have a gun although the right to be able to get one if necessary to protect myself and my family is an important one.