Zero Tolerance, Zero Brains 0
Waiting in line for the bus, a Pennsylvania kindergartener tells her pals she’s going to shoot them with a Hello Kitty toy that makes soap bubbles. In Maryland, two 6-year-old boys pretend their fingers are guns during a playground game of cops and robbers. In Massachusetts, a 5-year-old boy attending an after-school program makes a gun out of Legos and points it at other students while “simulating the sound of gunfire,” as one school official put it.
Kids with active imaginations? Or potential threats to school safety?
Some school officials are taking the latter view, suspending or threatening to suspend small children over behavior their parents consider perfectly normal and age-appropriate . . . .
The school officials are being silly and stupid, but silly and stupid is what grown-ups do.
There’s another issue here.
Where’s the NRA? Who’s protecting these kids’ right to bare fingers?
Last I heard, nothing except dignity and good taste had been wounded with a Hello Kitty anything.