When NRA President Wayne LaPierre suggested that we put armed guards in each public school, the media responded with scorn and derision, saying that it would turn our schools into something akin to "armed prison camps". That quickly became the meme du jour. However what the meme-meisters don't understand is that, thanks to their hysterical over-reaction to the Sandy Hook shootings - we are already there!
Case in point.....
The family of a 7-year-old New York boy is suing police and the city for $250 million, saying cops handcuffed and interrogated the boy for ten hours after a scuffle over lunch money at school.
Wilson Reyes, a student at Public School 114 in the Bronx reportedly got into a fight with a fellow student in December after he was accused of taking $5 of lunch money that had fallen on the ground in front of him. Responding to a complaint of assault and robbery, the police were called and took the boy to the local police precinct where officers allegedly handcuffed and interrogated him for ten hours, according to the lawsuit.
And this isn't the only instance.
A Bronx school went into lockdown this morning after a campus aide overheard a student talking about his gun -- a toy gun it turned out, officials said.
Lest you think it is JUST New York City or state.....there is this from Pennsylvania...
On Jan. 10, a five-year-old girl stood in a bus line with her friends and they discussed the merits of a princess bubble blower compared to a Hello Kitty bubble gun. The little girl extolled the virtues of the Hello Kitty toy, and said, “I’ll shoot you, you shoot me and we’ll all play together.”
According to a report by CNN, the next day, the kindergartner was not only called into the principal’s office at her school in Pennsylvania, she also was suspended for 10 days for a “terrorist threat.” Then, to add insult to injury, the child and her mother had to meet a counselor, who deemed the child to be normal and not violent. The child met with the counselor without her mother, too. The child’s mother does not allow toy guns in the home. The suspension was busted down to two days. Supposedly, the family would like to have the little girl’s record expunged and the school district rescind its suspension.
This one from Maryland...
A 6-year-old Montgomery County boy was recently suspended from school for making a gun gesture with his thumb and forefinger. Now, his family has retained a lawyer and is fighting back.
This one from South Carolina...
A kindergartner at Alice Drive Elementary in Sumter has been expelled from school for bringing a clear plastic gun to class.
Naomi McKinney, who's six-year-old, was expelled on January 7th.
The problem began when Naomi grabbed her brother's Airsoft gun to bring in for show and tell.
"I chose to bring it to school I thought I could show my friends it because they might like seeing it," Naomi explains.
And finally, this one from Arizona (just to show that not all the anti gun ninnies are out east)...
A high school student in Florence said he has been suspended because of a picture of a gun.
Daniel McClaine Jr., a freshman at Poston Butte High School, said he saved the picture as his desktop background on his school-issued computer.
A teacher noticed it and turned him in.
The picture shows an AK-47 on top of a flag.
McClaine said the school initially suspended him for three days Friday.
Since the laptop belongs to the school, the district policy states students are prohibited from “sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures,” and cannot access, send, create or forward pictures that are considered “harassing, threatening, or illegal.”
McClaine said he read the guidelines but does not consider the picture threatening to anyone.
“This gun wallpaper does not show anything that’s violent. It's not showing anybody getting shot in any way. It's just a picture of a gun. It's nothing -- nobody getting shot, nobody getting it pointed at them, it's nothing,” said McClaine.
McClaine said the gun is not his. He’s interested in joining the military and said he found it on the internet.
Emphasis mine. Seriously, we're getting the vapors over a PICTURE of a gun....
Leaving teachers and administrators to their own devices is turning schools into prison camps already. The armed guards couldn't do much more to traumatize these kids than is already being done.
Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of the armed guard idea anyway. I mean, it would be a deterrent but I don't think that adding extra bodies to the payroll is necessary. Most schools have a police liaison anyway, why not just make sure that person is armed and available at all times. If you have a cop on campus, there will be the same deterrent factor. You could, if the district chooses, have teachers (with conceal carry permit training and certification) carrying as well, if that is something that they are comfortable with.
The answer is not to scare the kids any more than they already are. A case can be made that the hysterical over-reactions of the administrators is doing MORE to scare the kids than these shootings are.
It's time for the hysteria to stop.