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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Not Safe to Talk About Guns

I've told you in previous broadcasts about some of the zero tolerance nonsense that has caused punishment of mostly boys in elementary school for actions that should not have been punished. But now one school has carried this zero tolerance so far that it isn't even safe to talk about guns. The father of a middle schooler in Calvary County, Maryland, says his 11-year-old son was suspended for 10 days for merely talking about guns on the bus ride home after school. This sixth grader at Northern Middle School was talking with friends about the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre when the bus driver hauled him back to school to be questioned by the principal. The father said in an interview that the principal told him that with what happened at Sandy Hook, "if you say the word 'gun' in my school you are going to get suspended for 10 days." So what did the boy say? According to his father, the boy neither threatened nor bullied anyone. He said "I wish I had a gun to protect everyone." He wanted to defeat the bad guys.

The boy was questioned by the principal and a sheriff's deputy, who also wanted to search the family home without a warrant. He started asking the father if he had firearms. The principal did not respond to calls or emails seeking comment. The boy's suspension was later reduced to one day.

Another incident in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, was a zero tolerance event that leaves you not knowing whether to laugh or to cry. A 7-year-old boy was suspended for two days for biting a pastry into the shape of a gun. His family had to hire an attorney to expunge the suspension from the boy's school record. In this case, the NRA got into the act by presenting the kid with a lifetime membership in the National Rifle Association.

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