This is yet another example of educators gone wild, and no, you almost certainly do not want to see a video of this kind of palm to the forehead idiocy. I’ll follow it with an example of the sublime, a smart young girl with smart parents doing what Americans do as often as 2.5 million times a year: protect their lives and the lives of others with firearms. That would also be about 2.5 million stories ignored in whole or part by the Lamestream Media.
And now the kind of story that makes me ashamed to be an educator. From Fox News:
“A 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl who told another girl she was going to shoot her with a pink Hello Kitty toy gun that blows soapy bubbles has been suspended from kindergarten.
Her family has hired an attorney to fight the punishment, which initially was 10 days for issuing a ‘terroristic threat.’ But her punishment was reduced to two days after her mother met with school officials and had the incident dropped to ‘threatening to harm another student,’ which apparently carries a lesser punishment.
‘It’s laughable,’ Robin Ficker, the girl’s attorney told FoxNews.com. ‘This is a girl who had no idea about killing or what happened in Connecticut.”
I wouldn’t categorize this as laughable. “So removed from any sense of reality and proportion that the “educators” involved should be removed from the ranks of the sane and decent” might be a better way to label it. But let’s not be hasty. Let’s give the “educators” the benefit of the doubt. Surely the little terrorist had a deadly “Hello Kitty gun” with which to carry out her “terroristic threat”? Not quite:
“Ficker says Mount Carmel Area School District officials said the girl made the threat on Jan. 10 as she waited for a school bus with friends. A school official overheard the remark and searched the girl’s backpack and did not find the Hello Kitty gun, he said.”
And finding no assault Hello Kitty bubble gun, the “educators” swung into action:
“The next day, the girls involved were ‘interrogated’ by school officials, Ficker said. By the time the girl was done speaking to administrators about the incident, she was crying, he said. A teacher called out the girl in front of her class and told her police may get involved, he said.”
In this story–apart from the girl’s parents and the girl herself–there appears to be only one other rational person:
“Ficker called the girl ‘the least terroristic person in Pennsylvania.’
‘What parent that you know would want their 5-year-old questioned about making terroristic threats without them in the room?’ Ficker asked.”
What parent indeed, Attorney Ficker. If I were the parent of this young lady, I would be sorely tempted to “call out” the so-called “educators” involved and to “interrogate” them about their utter lack of common sense, decency and professionalism. And when we were done, it would be highly likely they too would be crying.
What kind of people threaten a five year old girl with arrest in front of her classmates for supposedly threatening to blow bubbles at a fellow student, particularly when she did not have the actual means to blow said bubbles in the first place? Were I the principal of this school, I would not only never have allowed this debacle to go this far, I would be having serious and meaningful conversations with any teacher who imagined this a reasonable thing to do. I would hope any rational and professional principal would do the same. If this were anything other than utterly harmless banter between children, it would be reasonable to explain in private–kindly and gently–to the young lady that threats of any kind aren’t appropriate, but this kind of bizarre over-reaction beggars description.
And Progressives call those who defend the Second Amendment paranoid and reactionary.
I guess this sort of idiocy is not confined to Maryland after all. More’s the pity.
And now a palette cleanser From KTEN.com in Oklahoma:
“BRYAN COUNTY, OK–A day off for fall break was anything but relaxing for a 12-year old Bryan County girl, when an intruder broke into her home on Michael Avenue.
Deputies say, the girl was home alone when a man she’d never seen before, rang the front doorbell. They say when no one answered the door, the man went around to the back of the house and kicked a door open. That’s when authorities say, the girl grabbed a gun and hid in a bathroom closet.
‘He had worked his way all the way through the house and into the bathroom. And from what we understand, he was turning the doorknob when she fired through the door.’ Says Bryan County Under sheriff, Ken Golden.
After the man was shot, The 12- year old ran out of the closet and called for help.
Authorities say she kept her cool despite the potential danger. ‘She was very brave, she stayed on the phone with the dispatcher the whole time – talked all the way through it and was still on the phone with dispatch when we got into the house.’ Says Golden. ”
Just another example of why all Americans must be disarmed. Something to do with protecting burglars–or something…
You go girl!