6-Year-Old Boy Suspended From School... For What?

Submitted by: zucedamoose 7 years ago in

Remember the kid from last week who got suspended for bringing a plastic inch-long toy gun to school? This is better...
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Male 6
Mason goes back to school `fwiday`

loll (:
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Female 1,199
Why do I have the weird feeling that there`s more to this?

But anyway, this is so stupid if its true. What little boy *hasn`t* done this before? O_o Hell, I even remember doing that when I was a kid in elementary school.

"It has nothing to do with woman...it has to deal with the fact that people will be offended by ANYTHING and the schools are trying to protect themselves...there was a school district whose dictionaries were removed because some kid decided to be a kid and found a not so innocent word in there... people are ridiculous -.- boys (almost) always play soldier (and he`s only 6!!) I hate what the school system is turning into..."

Mmhm yeah pretty much. >_<; My mom works at a school as an aid for mentally disabled children, and everyday she has to be extremely cautious on how she handles some of these out of control children, because of the fear of getting the school sued by their parents. It`s really ridiculous.
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Male 478
the only proper response to this is a hearty "BULLSHT!"
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Female 71
Everything has to be so fricking PC nowadays. >.>
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Female 109
that kid seems like a lil weirdo
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Male 177
Kid is in therapy?!? What a joke. I remember playing Transformers in 3rd grade, running around with Megatron in gun form. School had no problem with it. Then I slipped, said the S-word and got busted lol.
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Female 47
how in the world did i miss this? that`s the west michigan news channel... wow. i guess it`s just too much video games...
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Male 3,915
when labeling your kid with ADD is the BEST option.....sh*t is f*cked...
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Male 14,331
@xxPinkxx

The problem we have is far leftists trying to cram their ideals down everyones throught and make more gun laws which the criminals never have or will abide by. We don`t have a gun problem we have a gang/crime problem.

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Female 24
Seriously? You people actually believe this is a problem? I remember doing this as a kid. In fact almost every kid I knew did this kind of thing on the playground. (Cops and robbers.)

Political correctness run amok.

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Male 74
oh, wait...no, they`re not
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Male 74
or he might just have fun...aren`t kids allowed to have fun anymore?
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Female 249
"playing `finger guns`at such a young age will lead to a life of crime...if its not nipped in the bud at an early age he`ll be holding up petrol stations with his finger, poppin` caps in rivals asses when he`s in his teens...it`ll end in a shoot out with police... someone`s gonna get hurt!!!"

Or he might go to the military, or he may forget that he ever played that game in the first place.

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Female 3,828
This is crap. what a waste of time. how about america spends as much time and energy on the REAL gun problem???
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Male 452
"Back in my parents` day, the little snot would get what he had coming and would likely think twice about doing it again."

You really can`t beat ADHD out of someone, it doesn`t work like that.

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Male 181
Back in my parents` day, the little snot would get what he had coming and would likely think twice about doing it again.

What I`d like to know is in these "warnings" that were given at school, was there ever an explanation the child could understand? Was it ever relayed to him in terms he could grasp? For that matter, what alternatives were presented to the child? "Instead of playing guns, why don`t we build a castle with the alphabet blocks?"

There are a lot of great teachers out there, don`t get me wrong; but there are also lousy ones who would rather hop the kids up on Ritalin and let PBS and Discovery do the work.

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Male 181
Quoting LightShaded: This wouldn`t happen in Canada.

I think he was being ironic. I remember when I was in daycare I got in trouble for making a gun out of Lego.

The "Zero Tolerance Policy", I believe, is completely retarded.

School is not just a place to program multiplication tables and verb conjugations into developing brains, it`s supposed to prepare children for things ahead of them.

One reason I think we`re getting so effed up is that conflict resolution is being imposed (in some cases preemptively) and then parents wonder when little Johnny had time to make 40 pipe bombs and buy an AK47.

The current model promotes lying and cheating. I can`t count how many times I got in trouble for fighting at school when it was others who were the instigators. What lesson is there? That violence doesn`t solve problems? Sure. But what did the person who started the fight learn? "I can do whatever I want so long as I get someone else to take the fall".

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Male 877
playing `finger guns`at such a young age will lead to a life of crime...if its not nipped in the bud at an early age he`ll be holding up petrol stations with his finger, poppin` caps in rivals asses when he`s in his teens...it`ll end in a shoot out with police... someone`s gonna get hurt!!!
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Male 3,631
Dude, we used to play Slave in gradeschool - and the invisible whips never got us in any trouble.
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Male 9,305
"We actually had a kid expelled from my high school for pointing his fingers like a gun at a teacher. The school went into lock down and the kid was taken away in a police car."

Oh for the love of sex please be kidding...I TOLD you people there`s fluoride in the f*cking water! Stop drinking it!

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Female 1,112
"Women...stand back and let the fathers do their f`ing job! Until you sprout a rooster...you are NOT qualified! Proud mom of two young men!"

Get back in the kitchen you backwards f*cktard. You`re clearly an idiot. Clearly someone forgot to remind you that good little girls with vaginas don`t use such awful language. Go back to your cave troll.

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Male 11
@Oldollie Where the hell did you come up with that?
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Male 1,404
LightShaded
"This wouldn`t happen in Canada."

Don`t be so sure. The enemy is with-in the gates. We have been fighting the surge of Social Markism with threat of global inhalation while the scourge has infiltrated our educational systems and we are just one "Super Highway" away from a one world goverment.

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Female 1,324
It has nothing to do with woman...it has to deal with the fact that people will be offended by ANYTHING and the schools are trying to protect themselves...there was a school district whose dictionaries were removed because some kid decided to be a kid and found a not so innocent word in there... people are ridiculous -.- boys (almost) always play soldier (and he`s only 6!!) I hate what the school system is turning into...
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Male 689
a nation of men raised by women.
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Male 423
This wouldn`t happen in Canada.
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Male 15,832
Biz80 "Why on earth would you kick a small boy out of school for being a boy?"

That`s EXACTLY why they kicked him out. It`s called the feminization (or chickification) of America. The liberals who have taken over the education system want to turn our boys into little pansies who can be easily controlled.

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Male 1,834
lame
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Male 2,748
THIS EXACT SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME AND 6 OF MY FRIENDS IN FIRST GRADE!!! we all got a talkin to by the prinicpal for playing army... then she made this speech over the intercom telling everyone to turn those guns into "L`s" for love... we all laughed at her!!
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Male 833
by the time i left school you couldnt play dodgeball anymore cause it was violent. some of the local elementary schools wont even let kids play tag cause of physical contact.

i think all this restrictive stuff is what causes kids to go crazy sometimes. not the lack of it.

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Female 25
This is absolutely ridiculous! What is happening to us? Why on earth would you kick a small boy out of school for being a boy? When are parents going to be fed up with these ass clowns in the school system???? I still can`t believe that they are going to send this poor boy in to be f`ing tested for ADHD...WTF? He is a BOY...let him act like one instead of trying to make him grow a vagina! Men...don`t let this poo happen to your children, stand up for them! Let them be what you have created! Women...stand back and let the fathers do their f`ing job! Until you sprout a rooster...you are NOT qualified! Proud mom of two young men!
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Male 65
e.o what
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Male 7
And people wonder why our kids don`t excel at academics anymore. The people we allow to teach them are idiots.
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Female 157
Ah jeez. This is in my hometown.

He`s a future COD addict.

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Male 250
you know, I can understand the reasoning behind it, there might be need to move on from the outdated expectations for boys to be more violent and aggressive. That really is an old role that does need to be replaced, which could in the long run reduce violent crime due to a reduced association between violence and problem solving. But suspension IS too far for something like that.
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Male 1,404

This calls for a in school visit from Eddie the NRA Eagle and some special education classes by the dumpster for the principal. Where is that bar of soap and a sock.....

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Female 257
next year we make children wear stupid looking outfits for protection and let them use a stick of rubber for enjoyment....naaaawwww....they might find ways to even hurt themselves with it.
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Female 115
he looked exactly like spongebob
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Female 1,112
That`s a bit different. Especially if the kid is old enough (judging by your age he is.) to know what he is insinuating. There is unfortunately some violence against teachers (and kids too), so I can see why that wouldn`t be acceptable, especially if it was accompanied with a verbal threat.
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Male 976
We actually had a kid expelled from my high school for pointing his fingers like a gun at a teacher. The school went into lock down and the kid was taken away in a police car.
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Female 1,112
...using misleading arguments.
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Female 1,112
"And the more amphetamine salts(Adderall) and methamphetamine salts(Ritalin, Concerta, etc.) they`re prescribed, the more they`ll sell."

Sorry to be kind of an A$$hole, but Amphetamine Salt is another trade name for Amphetamine mixtures, and I`ve never heard of Methamphetamine salts, but the generic name for Ritalin is methylphenidate.

If your point is that these drugs are sometimes sold by the people they are prescribed to, yes that happens. If you`re saying they are the same thing as common street drugs, you`re right. If you are saying that they have similar effects as some street drugs, and that they themselves may be similar in their make up, that`s true, but it doesn`t mean that they`re not useful or effective pharmaceuticals. We even use cocaine in medical settings. If any of what I think you were trying to get at is true, you should rethink how your trying to persuade people against pharmaceuticals. If not, you need to clarify.

Sorry I`m just tired of people us

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Male 2,796
Fake Firearm Hand Rules:

Treat every finger as if it were loaded.

Do not point at anything you do not intend to, um... point at.

Keep your finger, er... straight and off the trigger-- (ok, forget this one; it just doesn`t work here.)

Keep your finger on safe until you intend to point.

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Female 1,427
Hey, that`s awesome!! Diagnose him with ADHD.

The more kids out there with ADHD, the more meds they`ll be prescribed.

And the more amphetamine salts(Adderall) and methamphetamine salts(Ritalin, Concerta, etc.) they`re prescribed, the more they`ll sell.

Way to go at raising our future to be drug dealers!!! WOO!!

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Male 9,305
OH LAWDY! THE CHILD IS VIOLENT! SUSPENSION! DEATH PENALTY! WHERE ARE THE PARENTS!? WHY IS MY ASS ON FIRE!? HAAALP ME GOVNMENT! HALLP ME! I CAN`T THINK ON MAH OWN!
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Male 5,189
@ hehehenerd

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

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Male 312
what...the...f*ck?!
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Male 98
This will probably prompt a lot of kids to bring real guns now. They`re just kids, let them play!
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Male 601
This is what`s wrong with America--pervasive value judgments.
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Male 5,970
This is serious guys. Come on, I bet he didn`t even have his safety on.
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Male 10,440
repost.
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Male 26
wtf
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Female 1,112
Splurby...sounds like you aren`t really understanding my meaning. Home Schooling is ineffective, because unless you are somehow trained and well versed in all disciplines, you will simply be lacking somewhere. Private Schools do have issues. Granted there are good ones to be sure, there are also good public schools. My main concern is the cost which you`ll see was a large part of my argument. I wouldn`t judge my knowledge on the matter from a breif paragraph, anyway. That would be unintelligent of you.
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Female 444
Makes sense.
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Male 1,523
There is a Fox 17 in michigan, I think.
Wow my comment is short compared to the others... I feel left out.. :P
Um, just to make this longer I`m gonna say what I think, even though you probably don`t care-

It was pretty stupid to suspend him, considering he was just playing and wasn`t doing any harm. Enough said.
And now my comment is long enough.

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Male 670
Fingers must be removed before entering the school.
They are potential weapons.
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Male 2,796
"Home schooling is a joke. Sure it soudns nice and sweet, but I don`t know anyone person capable of teaching their child a complete useable curriculum. Home schooling is not an appropriate education. Private schools have their own issues. Not to mention who can afford it! Not the typical blue collar family, and these are the people who get the short end of the education stick."

Hoeschooling "can" be a joke like anything else. It all depends on the temperament and relationship between child and parent/teacher. Private schools may not be lumped into one category because there are thousands of different types ranging from upscale Catholic, to the new age "Artsy" one called Horizons in Atlanta.

Sounds like you have no clue as to what you are talking about. And Montessori is flat out the best BTW; it is now public in North Carolina.

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Male 838
Wow. If that had been my principal, there`s no way I would`ve made it through 1st grade. Like the old quote says... Common sense isn`t really that common anymore.
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Female 1,112
Home schooling is a joke. Sure it soudns nice and sweet, but I don`t know anyone person capable of teaching their child a complete useable curriculum. Home schooling is not an appropriate education. Private schools have their own issues. Not to mention who can afford it! Not the typical blue collar family, and these are the people who get the short end of the education stick.
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Male 2,796
"ok, if it were my kid, i`d be all like, "ok, guns are bad, guns kill people. they are not toys. . . " and the whole nine yards. then i`d ask them if they understood that. if they said yes, i`d probably let them play at home, not at school."
And I will be teaching my six year old how to shoot real guns like my Father did with me. I will also be teaching him or her that people kill people... not guns.

Oh, and what you said was stupid, BTW. Yes... I`m a jerk.

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Male 2,796
Any moron can become a teacher these days. I know this for a stone cold fact.

Home schooling, Montessori school and/or private schools are the answer if you don`t want your child getting a piss poor education like this... or if you don`t want to deal with embicile teachers/principals who cannot think rationally.

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Male 2,893
There was a boy playing in his living room with his trains, his mother walks in and listens to what he is saying, "The train is now leaving for Los Angeles, anyone who wants to get on the train, then get the F**k ON! Any one who wants to get off the train, then get the F**K OFF!
His mother was appalled at what he was saying so she sat down with him and explained that this was a very bad word to use and told him not to use it anymore.
The next day he was playing with his trains again. She listened to what he was saying today, "The train is now boarding to San Francisco, anyone who wants to get on the train then get on! Anyone who wants to get off the train then get off! And if anyone is wondering why the train is a day late, the ask the C**T in the kitchen!!!

This reminded me of this joke. I don`t know why.

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Female 238
"What is wrong with people these days. The rules are just getting stricter and stricter."

No people are just getting stupider and stupider. Also the way that reporter talks just fills me with rage.

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Male 253
wow, the teachers are becoming very paranoid, now they think a 6 yr old with a finger gun can hurt som1.
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Male 806
what has happened to this world? kids cant even play cops and robbers or good cop bad cop or anything like that anymore. what kind of compromise does the principal and mother have to make?! he did NOTHING wrong. next they are going to have a problem with kids playing tag how much do you want to bet? TAG, THE NEXT DEADLY GAME
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Female 728
I think it`s sickening that the school system is basically forcing it to getting the kid on ADD medication. Once you put someone on those drugs, they become dependent on them, potentially for the rest of their life. I have friends who almost literally go insane when they`re not on their meds. I think it`s absolutely disgusting that the school system has that kind of power that the only way the child won`t be condemned for a simple game is if he goes on medication.

It comes down to the school system trying to make their jobs easier by controlling the students. I went to an elementary school where we weren`t even allowed to talk at lunch because the teachers didn`t want to deal with a bunch of excited children. Trying to control children like that is stifling, and I can`t express my disgust about it strongly enough.

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Female 1,112
Skine I don`t know your mother, but I know good teachers and a lot of bad ones. I have a good friend who teaches class for kids who are on their last legs in High School. ALmost all of them have been diagnosed as having a behavioural disorder, all of them are "trouble makers", and all were failing. When they get to her class they are allowed to have one on one conversations with her, their learning styles are looked at, and alternative techniques for improving concentration are explored. For example, unlike most classrooms, she allows and encourages kids to bring their Ipods to class because music has been shown to increase focus. If you give an auditory stimilus that is constant they can ignore the rest. She has a 95% pass rate. Why is she able to achieve this while the other teachers failed? Because she cares about the individual, and denounces rules for rules sake. Conventional schooling doesn`t work for most kids.
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Female 843
Schools just don`t want to have to deal with "problem" children anymore. They look for any behavior that`s out of the ordinary and use it as an excuse to kick the kids out and let the parents deal with it. They think that getting rid of any children who stand out can solve any future problems like bullies and whatnot. It`s ridiculous
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Female 4,376
Yeah the kid must totally have adhd just because he likes goofing around with his friends in kindergarten.

What is wrong with people these days. The rules are just getting stricter and stricter.

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Male 516
had already spoken with the school and they`d been extremely stubborn about it. In a society where media reigns, that`d definitely be the most effective way to have the administration change their minds.
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Male 516
Skine.. I think there`s something to be said about the rule-makers when a benign action becomes a punishable offense.

Were I that parent, I would most certainly NOT stand up for the school. I`ll bet anything that she DID have a conversation with the child about `playing guns` and told him to stop due to the potential suspension. No parent wants that. She did her best, I`m sure. I mean, all she really can do is to tell the child that he`ll be punished if he does it again in which case the child, like I said before, only has that little amount of motivation to keep from doing it. It`s not as if he completely understands the negative effects of firearms in our society today and what his innocent little game could potentially symbolize. For the same reason kids keep picking their noses after you tell them not to, I`m sure this kid went back to school and `played guns` again.

As for running to then news, perhaps that wasn`t the wisest decision. However, it`s also possible that she

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Female 850
The boy is 6. He doesn`t understand death or killing fully yet... He knows what a gun is and what it does, but he doesn`t truly understand the full repercussions of any of it. So why they are punishing him to THAT extend is ridiculous...
If a finger gun is a `weapon` that means no pencils, no pens, no markers or anything with a pointed edge of any sort because they can also be perceived as weapons.
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Male 820
*facedesk*
good god this is all fookin` stupid.
gah, and the A.D.D. bit too.
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Male 39
Yeah people are really drating stupid nowadays. My boyfriend got suspended for wearing makeup but I didn`t...wtf?
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Male 2,056
ok, if it were my kid, i`d be all like, "ok, guns are bad, guns kill people. they are not toys. . . " and the whole nine yards. then i`d ask them if they understood that. if they said yes, i`d probably let them play at home, not at school.

oh, and saying that you can`t play guns anymore is like saying you can`t play COD or Halo anymore.

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Male 1,439
So no more Cops and Robbers or Cowboys and Indians - sorry - Law Enforcement Agents and Delinquents or Wild West Cow Wranglers and Native Americans?
Seriously, the whole world needs to stop being pussies.
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Female 36
something like that happened at my school...the movie-making club brought fake guns to school and made a movie with them after school in the parking lot. the kids in the club got suspended for three days and the club pres. got expelled >_>
also i have that book light ^_^
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Male 1,193
slow news day apparently
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Female 3,574
... if my kid got suspended for just making his hand look like a gun, I wouldn`t stick up for the school. They won`t even let kids roll down snowbanks anymore on school property, it`s ridiculous. Sheltering your kids and protecting them from everything doesn`t do them any bit of good

If my kid was suspended for actually behaving poorly, then I`d stick up for the school and punish my child. I can`t really tell from this article whether or not the kid was actually out of hand or not.

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Male 149
The ridiculousness of the zero tolerance policy and the de-evolution of mans intelligence unite!
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Male 14,331
OMG OMG OMG!!! quick take all the pens and pencils out of class they`re stabbing instruments and build all of the children bubbles to live in!!!
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Male 25,416
Thats just rediculous!
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Male 13
This was ridiculous, but based on the report it looks like it was just a case of a teacher being fed up and a principal being fed up and making a bad decision.

The mother is being accountable which was suprising to see and the superintendent is repealing the suspension. The parents are getting the kid professional help as well.

I understand why this is a news story, but not why people are going so nuts over it. The kids not a monster and the school system is not filled with facist. Relax people.

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Female 2,927
its crap like this that make home schooling look better and better.
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Male 123
I got suspended when I was eight for knocking a kid out with one punch. I wish I was on the internet :(
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Female 3,726
You know he`s probably bad...

They did go overboard but you can just tell he`s a troublemaker! I guess we`ll see when he`s 16. Cause you know we`ll all still be in here. I can see the caption now...

"Remember the 6 year old boy suspended from school?? Yep, you guessed it...."

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Male 719
Note: Most of my views on kindergartners comes from my mother who is a kindergarten teacher who takes on a high number of special-needs children (usually about a quarter of her class).

She often talks about how most children have never been told "no" by the time they show up in her class, and the first thing she needs to teach students is how to control themselves.

She`s definitely against relying on drugs, but will also be the first to admit that for some children, it really does make all the difference.

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Male 719
@linkenberger: a) At this point in the year it`s unlikely the teacher would have missed a disability, but then again, if he hasn`t learned to listen to the teacher, it`s possible.
b) There`s a world of difference between questioning authority and continually disregarding that authority.

@rifter,@GosuPaul: Being kindergarten-age means that the kid should know that actions have consequences, or should be taught this lesson. Even if the actions were completely benign, the mother should stand up for the school in (a) notifying the child and the parents there would be consequences if a behavior was continued, and (b) taking action when the behavior continued. Unfortunately, the lesson learned is that he can get mom to talk to the news and bail him out.

She could have avoided this if she had TALKED to the school FIRST.

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Female 1,112
ADD is over diagnosed and such a bad stigma for kids. Teachers treat them like trouble makers, when the reality is most teachers just aren`t capable of dealing with 30 kids with appropriate levels of energy. Kids need to be doing, and when your generalizing lesson plans, of course kids tend to look elsewhere for entertainment. As for not listening, the kid is 6, there are a lot of steps you can take before suspention. I doubt that suspension would be at all effective. In fact the kid is probably happy he doesn`t have to go to boring school. If I were born 10 years later, I would have been on behavioural meds for sure. I got through. No big deal.
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Male 17,511
I`ve said it before... This "No Tolerance" policy that schools have enacted is being enforced with absolutely no common sense involved.
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Male 1,164
@ Subushie "if anything he`s really getting punished for his lack of listening capabilities."

a) Perhaps he has a handicap and didn`t understand, I know a few people with "listening disorders". b) So he got suspended for "not listening"... Sounds like sombody doesn`t like people who question authority.

Don`t get me wrong, I hate kids. But I hate institutions that treat you like slaves who must follow every order without question or hesitation even more. I`m a thinker by nature, and people who tell me I can`t do stuff can piss off.

Let the kids bring guns to school. If anything, it`ll make life more interesting for everyone there.

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Male 296
Flingspoo, when did it ever say that he was a "complete monster?" He`s a six year old kid, the majority of which are hyper and active. I`d like to see you have a kid who likes to play, and have somebody call him a complete monster, and you not react.
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Female 999
Ok, so he`s a complete monster every day at school and he`s been told over and over not to get all out of control playing violent games at school.

Maybe suspension isn`t the answer, but he`s not as innocent as they claim him to be.

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Male 987
HAHAHAHA!! Wow way to go North American public education!
...I wish I was born in the UK now.
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Female 4,028
God, schools are getting increasingly ridiculous when it comes to things like this. We`re raising fun-deprived sissies these days, it seems.
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Male 5
Why the hell do they think this kid has a problem? He is 6 years old! This fear of kids shooting up schools is getting so out of hand, that they suspend them for basically pointing? Get the hell over it school people! The day that a six year old shoots a school up with his finger is the day I will rob a bank with a feather.
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Male 1,646
this is different then the plastic toy gun, the kid is making a gun with his hand and pretending to shoot people. and even though the mom says "he never said anything like `I`m going to kill you`" but the reality is that the kid probably did. i was given detention in elementary school for the same thing. And on top of it all, they say the child was repeatably warned not to make that gesture but he continued to do it, and is now punished. if anything he`s really getting punished for his lack of listening capabilities.
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Male 845
the kid was warned.
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Female 80
In kindergarden we used to sword fight with sticks and the principal never suspended anyone for that. the world is too sensitive these days... someone needs to go on the news and give a big EFF YOU to all the uptight jerks. Hes a little kid for gods sake... hes gonna play cops and robbers with his friends. Ridiculous
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Male 11
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bang_Bang_%... Find the mp3 or whatever. Always liked this song
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Male 2,049
18 years later at an interview at John Hopkins Medical School.

Hmmm 1600 on SAT`s valedictorian, All state football and basket ball and you rank top 1% based on your MCAT... wait... what is this? Says here you were suspended from Kindergarten for 2 days because you used your finger as if were a gun? Sorry, you are not John Hopkins material.

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Female 5,222
wow
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Male 5,314
how the f*ck are you supposed to play cops and robbers then?
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Female 254
@Lenten
Yeah, Doctors just diagnose ADD and ADHD to whomever these days.. hence the reason we have more children growing up relying on diff meds and seeking out new ones.
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Female 159
If he`s a handful normally, then it may have been the straw that broke the camels back. On hindsight, they agreed it was inappropriate, as I do. I`m just throwing my penny in the ring for why handgun = suspention.
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Female 92
Just because a mom gets her child tested for ADHD doesnt mean she will put him on drugs. I am having a very similiar problem with my son and have been thinking of getting him tested. It will make the teachers actually help him if there is a "diagnosis" attached to how he acts, but I will NEVER put my son on meds.
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Male 387
I remember when I was 11, my neighbor got really pissed when I pointed at one of his sons just like that.
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Female 96
" Nice solution, Mom - go ahead and get him on the ADD/ADHD drugs. That makes me sick. "

Amen.

What happened to the days when kids were kids and boys were boys? Things like this make me want to reconsider my degree.

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Male 2,690
So stupid.
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Male 2,344
what the hell happened to common sense? Come on people, this country acheived greatness for 200 years before people got stupid as hell and ecided that everything was wrong and had to be changed...ie lower the educational standards, have a knee jerk reaction to everything and make a law against it, over react to kids BEING KIDS and treat them like crimminals...decide what is ACCEPTABLE play even when the play is harmless...people, welcome to the Apathetic country you asked for and allowed to happen.
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Male 10,855
@quaintness
No they`re not their administrators are just extremely stupid.

I`ve done this at my school and I`ve never got suspended.

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Male 7,832
i hate the world, im just sitting back and waiting for any form of apocalypse to take place.
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Female 4,039
Nice solution, Mom - go ahead and get him on the ADD/ADHD drugs. That makes me sick.
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Male 287
I agree completely...He could have taken someones EYE out with that `gun-shaped` hand...Some parents,eh...? Tut!
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Male 1,086
Schools are evil, period.
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Female 8,055
How silly- I gather that children are no longer allowed to play unless that play is deemed `correct`- despite the fact that play is the way children learn to deal with the world- good and bad. Why not just lobotomise all children at birth.
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Male 774
Anyone else notice how these zero tolerance policies are getting more and more out of hand with each news report?
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Male 516
use the `Well, back in my day, we could do that all the time!` argument and expect to be taken seriously.

Oh, is that you George Washington? Back in your day you could own slaves? Oh! Well by all means, here`s some negroes for you to take home with you.

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Male 516
Times are changing on both poles and we just have to accept that and adapt. On the one hand we have things like more equality amongst peoples (women, gays, whites, blacks) that would have been deemed preposterous a hundred years ago. We`re constantly seeing radicals bordering the edges of the law purely for the sake of saying `I can.`, something that wouldn`t be tolerated regardless of law a hundred years ago. Social order would kick in and the man would be beaten to death by his peers for getting away with an offense (Think OJ simpson or Michael Jackson. Not that I`m saying they`re guilty, just that they`d probably be dead if their trials went down a century ago.)

On the other hand, we have things like this, where things are becoming `ridiculous` over safety, control, etc. A good example would be after 9/11, the kinds of freedoms we no longer have due to stringent preventative measures.

Point is, sh*t changes for better AND for worse. If you don`t like it? Fight. But please don`

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Male 516
Skine, have you ever tried to control a 6 year old boy`s actions? Not only is it hard enough if you`re looming over him, but think about how impossible it is while your child is miles away at school with only your promises of discipline to suppress the actions. I`d understand if it was something like `You need to cut your child`s hair because mullets are against school code` and then the mother never cuts the hair and then he gets suspended after repeated warnings, but something like `playing guns` is on a different spectrum completely.

By the by, if it seems like I`m purely attacking you, I`m not. I`m attacking the idea that`s inevitably going to appear in this discussion that it`s the mother`s fault for not being able to force the child`s behavior.

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Male 282
@ skine: He`s FIVE years old, not 15! They don`t understand that they need to stop doing something and easily forget that they aren`t supposed to be doing it. My son is 5 and a "close talker." It`s taken months of training, but he`s finally backing away when he wants to talk to someone. Do you honestly think this kid is going to stop doing something like this overnight?
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Male 695
What were they thinking?!
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Male 4,807
That kid will never get into college now.
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Male 719
Basically, what I mean is that AS IT IS PRESENTED, it is ridiculous.

I have the feeling that the suspension had less to do with the "guns" and more with insubordination and possibly with his actions while "playing guns."

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Male 606
His mother is scary.
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Male 719
School: This is not behavior we condone in our school. Please talk with your son. If this continues he will be suspended.

Mother: Okay.

[Student is suspended]

Mother: This is ridiculous!

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Male 176
Ridiculous
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Male 131
This is jack-assery lifted to a new level.
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Male 505
...I used to play Cowboy`s and Indians when i was a kid, all the time. Not been suspended...This is just a little ridiculous.
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Female 3,574
Seriously? I yearn for the good ol` days.
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Male 60
Link: 6-Year-Old Boy Suspended From School... For What? [Rate Link] - Remember the kid from last week who got suspended for bringing a plastic inch-long toy gun to school? This is better...
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