This morning I was looking up information in the News about the Norovirus because my tot has come down with it a second time. The nurse had mentioned it was all over the news and since I hadn’t been paying attention to the news for awhile I figured I’d go have a peek. Then I completely regretted my decision to look at the news because I remembered why I stopped, because people have seemingly lost their minds.
Today I read how a Bronx Elementary School went on Lockdown with armed guards because a school aide overheard a kid talking to another kid about a “gun”. The child actually was telling his friend about his NERF gun at HOME. It wasn’t even there. The action that the school decided to take, by calling the police and starting a domino effect of insanity, had me shaking my head for hours. I ask myself, why couldn’t the aide just pull the children aside and ask what they were talking about? Then they could let them know they were discussing a super cool NERF gun and there wouldn’t have been armed police officers with assault rifles wandering around the halls scaring the crap out of everyone. Can you imagine what the parents, students and staff felt like? And then to find out it was all over a plastic foam shooting NERF gun that wasn’t even in the school?!
However, that is not all. I know… if that wasn’t bad enough there were multiple stories attached to it.
Earlier this month, a Long Island high school was also placed on lock down for 6 hours in response to a student carrying a toy nerf gun.
Last week, a South Philadelphia elementary student was searched in front of classmates and threatened with arrest after she mistakenly brought a “paper gun” to school.
A 6-year-old boy was suspended from his elementary school in Maryland for making a gun gesture with his hand and saying “pow”.
Days later another two 6-year-olds in Maryland were suspended for pointing their fingers into gun shapes while playing “cops and robbers” with each other.
In Oklahoma, a five-year-old boy was also recently suspended for making a gun gesture with his hand.
A 13-year-old Middle School seventh grade student in Pennsylvania was also suspended for the same hand gesture. – Quote from Prison Planet
As a parent of a little preschooler, I am appalled. To think that my son could make a little tiny hand gesture that children have made for hundreds of years and be suspended is absurd. What do you say to your child? What happens when they go back to school and have to face the other children or that now they have suspensions on their record in some way related to the evil word “guns”?
Are we ready to face crying children that have no idea what they did wrong because they were just talking about their new NERF gun or playing cops and robbers? And why can’t teachers just say, “Excuse me, I don’t find that appropriate play, why don’t we do something else that’s fun!” Or, “Why don’t you and your friend talk about your new NERF gun after school? I would appreciate that.” Instead of calling the police and probably mentally scarring the child (and all the other students) for life.
Where has common sense gone? Where has children’s freedom to play and be children gone? I feel less safe thinking of armed police officers with assault rifles wandering around the school looking for invisible perpetrators instead of just having the decency of asking the children in question what they were discussing!
That would seem the simple thing to do, however, and it seems that no one (in these cases) have been capable of doing that.
The child who was talking about his NERF gun will now be punished by the school for having talked about it, even though he didn’t do anything wrong. I honestly believe the aide, who went completely overboard, should be the one taking the fall for the police having to have children cowering under their desks and everyone being scared out of their minds, but of course not. They are going to punish a child for simply talking to his friend and now I wonder how many other children will be too afraid to talk to their friends because they might have the police called on them.
And that is what upsets and terrifies me the most as a parent, that they are going after innocent children for the reactions of adults. I am going back to trying to not read the news for as long as possible.
You can read the NYPost story on their website.