We are now up to three (that we know of) incidents in which a child was suspended from school for ‘pointing’ or ‘chewing’ their weapons in the wrong direction. After all, the number one rule of firearms is never pointing your weapon at something you don’t want to harm, right?
In January, a 6-year-old student in Silver Spring, MD was suspended for making a shooting gesture with his finger.
In February, a student in Ohio was suspended for 3 days for shooting a classmate with his “finger gun”. He was disciplined for bringing a “look a like” firearm on campus. I’ll save my rant on this one for later, although I’m pretty sure that is not what the term “look a like” was originally intended to be defined as.
The next, more recent, incident that we have heard on the news is that a 7-year-old boy was suspended this month from a Maryland elementary school for chewing his Pop Tart into the shape of a gun.
Although the child was not punished by his parents, the school has no regret in their decision for implementing their “zero-tolerance policy”.
I understand that some people are terrified by guns, which in turn is fueling this negativity around America’s gun culture (which I have mentioned in my previous post), but where is the line here? Were any children afraid for their lives or threatened by these “gun look-a-likes”? Probably not. If anything, I would guess that the odd way of eating this Pop Tart spiked curiosity by surrounding peers. I’d probably stare and wonder what he was doing too.
Well, thankfully for Florida, there is a line.
Today, the Florida Senate will be holding a committee hearing on a legislation that has become known as the Pop Tart Bill. The new bill ensures that children in Florida public schools will not be punished for imitating a firearm with their hand, their Pop Tarts, or any other ridiculous body part or pastry for that matter.
“Children should not be punished because some adult lacks common sense or the capacity for rational judgment,” said Marion Hammer, a former president of the National Rifle Association and the current head of its Florida lobbying operation.
Ms. Hammer said the NRA supports the legislation because it would “give guidance and relief to school administrators who must walk a fine line between following the law and protecting our children” as well as “stop the abusive result of overreactions of some administrators.”
-Emily Miller: Washington Times
The new bill also states that children will not be punished for expressing their rights to free speech by wearing or promoting clothing in support of guns or the 2nd amendment right to bear arms.
After all, the zero-tolerance policy isn’t about keeping children safe, it’s about controlling them. Take away their creativity, imagination, and their opinions and what are you left with? A bunch of brain-washed liberal children who will be paving the way for our future generation. Thankfully Florida has adopted the right mindset, have you?