Teaching Fear

Have we really become a nation of people paralyzed with fright?  If you take a look at what has recently happened in some of our schools you might think so.

First comes this story out of Maryland.

Children at Park Elementary School went home with a letter today explaining there was a disruption in school. Seven year old Josh Welch, and his father, say the disruption lead to a two day suspension for the second grader in Brooklyn Park. Academics are hard for Josh, who suffers from ADHD, but he excels in art class. It is Josh's own creativity that may have gotten him into trouble. At Park Elementary school, Josh was enjoying his breakfast pastry when he decided to try and shape it into a mountain. Josh said, "It was already a rectangle and I just kept on biting it and biting it and tore off the top and it kinda looked like a gun but it wasn't."

A 7 year old was SUSPENDED for eating a breakfast pastry in the wrong way (which is essentially what happened - if he had not eaten it down the long side and then down the middle....)

Josh takes full responsibly for trying to shape his breakfast pastry, but admits it was in innocent fun. He told FOX45, "All I was trying to do was turn it into a mountain but, it didn't look like a mountain really and it turned out to be a gun kinda."

HOLD THE FREAKING PHONE.....what is he taking responsibility for?  When did eating a Pop-Tart become a CRIME?  Since when did having an IMAGINATION become a crime?

The part of the story that I found to be the most sadly comical?

Late Friday afternoon a letter went home with students explaining the incident saying, "A student used food to make an inappropriate gesture."

SAY WHAT?!?!?!  Inappropriate gestures now constitute a suspend-able expense?  But I do have to agree with Josh's Dad regarding the whole situation....

But Josh's dad is not happy saying, "I would almost call it insanity. I mean with all the potential issues that could be dealt with at school, real threats, bullies, whatever the real issue is, it's a pastry.., Ya know?"

Yep - we're so busy dealing with imaginary gun threats to deal with real things like BULLIES.....

Then there is THIS story from Florida

A 16-year-old Cypress Lake High School student, who wrestled a loaded revolver away from a teen threatening to shoot, is being punished.

The student grappled the gun away from the 15-year-old suspect on the bus ride home Tuesday after witnesses say he aimed the weapon point blank at another student and threatened to shoot him.

The student, who Fox 4 has agreed not to identify because he fears for his safety, says there's "no doubt" he saved a life by disarming the gunman. And for that he was suspended for three days....

...The teen we spoke to and authorities both confirm the Revolver was loaded. According to the arrest report the suspect, who Fox 4 is not naming because he is a minor, was "pointing the gun directly" at another student and "threatening to shoot him."

That's when the student we spoke with says he and two others tackled the teen and wrestled away the gun. The next day the school slapped him with a three day suspension.

"It's dumb," he said. "How they going to suspend me for doing the right thing?"

According to the referral, he was suspended for being part of an "incident" where a weapon was present and given an "emergency suspension."

So a couple of heads up teen-agers stop a mass shooting and their thanks is a suspension?  Whatever happened to common sense?  Have our teachers and administrators completely lost all ability to THINK?? we really want to know the answer to that question?

Written by LL.