STOP OR I WILL .... UH .... Sketch?
Another ridiculous use of zero tolerance:
From the Tucson Citizen:
Chandler school suspends boy for sketching gun
The Associated Press
Chandler school officials have suspended a 13-year-old boy for sketching a picture that resembled a gun, saying it posed a threat to classmates.
But parents of the Payne Junior High School student said the drawing was a harmless doodle of a fake laser, and school officials overreacted.
I just can't believe that there wasn't another way to resolve this," said Paula Mosteller, the boy's mother. "He's so upset. The school made him feel like he committed a crime. They are doing more damage than good."
The Mostellers said the drawing did not show blood, bullets, injuries, or target any human. They said it was just a drawing that resembled a gun.
But Payne Junior High administrators thought the sketch was enough of a threat and gave the boy a five-day suspension, later reduced to three days.
Chandler district spokesman Terry Locke said the sketch was "absolutely considered a threat," and threatening words or pictures are punishable.
The school did not contact police and did not provide counseling or evaluate the boy to determine if he intended the drawing as a threat.
School officials issued the suspension Monday afternoon. They notified the student's father, Ben Mosteller. He met with school officials and persuaded them to shorten his son's suspension from 5 days to 3.
Ben Mosteller said that when he came to the school to discuss his son's punishment, school officials mentioned the seriousness of the issue and talked about the massacre at Colorado's Columbine High School — the site where two teenagers shot and killed 12 students and injured 24 others in 1999.
The Mostellers said the Columbine reference was extreme and offensive.
They have contacted the district's governing board about the incident involving their son.
Can we say political Correctness gone awry? This article frustrates me SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much.
First, I drew pictures of guns when I was in school...and I dont seem to remember that being a threat to anyone, I mean seriously, what was the worst I could do? Inflict a paper cut?
Second, the doofus principal suspended a student for drawing something that was relatively harmless...if I had gotten suspended for every drawing I ever made that would be considered a "threat" to someone, I never would have went to school.
Third....where is the ACLU in this? SILENT as usual. They are too busy going after Christians for spreading the good news. I hope these parents sue....and win...and political correctness gets thrown out the damn window with the garbage where it belongs.