Hoke County, NC — In a most ridiculous nanny/police state move, a five-year-old kindergartner has been suspended from school for playing with a stick — because it looked like a gun.
A North Carolina mom is speaking out after she says her daughter was suspended last week for playing with a stick that resembled a gun. Brandy Miller said her daughter Caitlin was suspended Friday after she and some friends were playing “King and Queen” during recess.
As WTVD reports, in the game, Caitlin played a guard, protecting the royals, and picked up the “stick gun” to imitate shooting an intruder into the kingdom.
Apparently, one of the teachers saw the dangerous ‘stick gun’ and reported the five-year-old to the principal’s office. It gets worse.
Instead of simply telling the girl that it’s not allowed to point inanimate pieces of shrubbery at others and pretend it’s a gun, the Hoke County school system actually released a statement saying, Caitlin “posed a threat to other students when she made a shooting motion,” according to the report.
The only threat posed by Caitlin holding a wooden stick and pretending it’s a gun comes from the school resource officer who may or may not have begun firing with other students around.
“We know why it’s bad,” Miller told WTVD. “We watch the news, but then I have to tell my kid, ‘you’re not allowed to play like that in school because people do bad things to kids your age.'”
Instead of apologizing or applying any rational thought whatsoever, the Hoke County school system is defending the policy, noting that they do “not tolerate assaults, threats or harassment from any student.”
“Any student engaging in such behavior will be removed from the classroom or school environment for as long as is necessary to provide a safe and orderly environment for learning,” the school system told WTVD in a statement.
Sadly, when little Caitlin returned to school this Tuesday after her suspension, her mom said the other teachers and students are now alienating her over this ‘incident.’
This insane policy seems to be increasing in America. As the government and media keep everyone in a constant state of fear over relatively isolated incidents, policies like this one are enforced with extreme prejudice.
Just last year, another five-year-old girl was suspended from school for bringing a clear, plastic, princess-themed bubble gun to school because she likes bubbles.
“I appreciate that they’re trying to keep our kids safe, I really do. But there needs to be some common sense,” the unidentified mother said of the incident.
Before the bubble gun suspension, a child was not only suspended but arrested after writing an imaginative story about using a gun to shoot a dinosaur — seriously.
There is also the case of a 9-year-old Georgia boy who was suspended from school for bringing a green plastic nerf gun to school.
In fact, in 2013, Huffington Post listed six highly suspect suspensions for so-called fake weapons brought to school by young children.
A seven-year-old Maryland second-grader was suspended for nibbling a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun. Another in the same state for a bright red cap gun — which, though the suspension was lifted, inexcusably remains on the student’s record. That student’s mother told the Washington Post her child was interrogated for two hours over the incident — which understandably scared him to the point he wet himself.
In Pennsylvania, a five-year-old girl caught a suspension for a bright pink-and-yellow Hello Kitty bubble gun. An eight-year-old in Florida was suspended — for playing cops and robbers. He pointed his finger at another student during the game, saying ‘pow pow.’
Perhaps most dystopically telling of all, two Virginia middle school students were suspended for a full year for playing with airsoft guns — at one of the student’s homes.
As Claire Bernish pointed out, this is what happens when a cowed culture allows the State to decide what’s best — as if we, as a people, somehow possibly couldn’t parse that out on our own. It’s ludicrous. It’s nonsensical. And it needs to be reined in before a single other kindergarten’s record is permanently tarnished because of cultural paranoia surrounding guns.
Education and rationality, not confiscation and wholly unjustified fear, is key to gun policy — and to generally helping the U.S. get a grip.