Well, it looks like we really dodged a bullet in Calvert County, Maryland, this week. A student brought a gun to school, was apprehended before he could create any carnage, and after two hours of intense grilling, he… wet his pants. You see, this student was not a gang banger bent on revenge or a lonely outcast ready to shoot up the school to relieve his misery. He was a five-year-old who brought his cap gun to school because he “really, really wanted his friend to see it” after his friend showed him a water gun at school the day before. I know that we all are relieved to know that our public servants responded so decisively and forcefully in dealing with such a monstrous threat.
Seriously, are the inmates running the asylum at Dowell Elementary School in Lusby? This little guy was being a normal boy. According to The Daily Caller, “The suspended boy had acquired the menacing, plastic, orange-tipped weapon at Frontier Town, a western-themed campground with a water park, mini golf and the like.” Most likely, his parents bought it for him and I’m sure he played cowboys and Indians with it (another politically incorrect action) and wore it on his hip with a play holster like many of us did as children. His mistake was to bring his toy into an oh so safe gun free zone where, as seems to be the norm these days, the grown-ups who should know better, overreacted.
They interrogated this little kid for over two hours without notifying his parents. He’s five years old, for Pete’s sake! What do you say to a five year old for over two hours? I know when I was in elementary school I was afraid of everyone in authority – being sent to the principal’s office was a bad thing that I avoided at all cost. I never was sent there, but I did have to stay after school one day. I cried the entire time. I know kids are tougher today (because parents are wimpier, I think), but this had to be traumatic for this child, as evidenced by his wetting his pants, another embarrassment to top the whole thing off. His mother said that was highly unusual for him. I wonder how many times he asked to go to the bathroom while these idiot educators played good cop/bad cop with him.
Because he possessed a look alike gun, this young man, this kindergartener, has been suspended for ten days, which means he will not be able to finish out the school year with his class. I guess he should be happy – if the cap gun had been loaded, according to Principal Jennifer L. Young, the school would have regarded the gun as an explosive and called the police. Those little red strips with the little dots of gunpowder that go “pop” when you pull the trigger – yes, those are explosives in the eyes of the so very wise leaders of Dowell Elementary School. I wonder had she called the police if they would have raced over there, sirens blaring, or if they would have had some common sense and said, “Lady, you’re nuts. Just call his parents and send him home.” Common sense does seem to be in short supply these days.
Speaking of common sense, his mother is appealing the suspension! Really? Mom, is this where you want your son to be, day in and day out, with people who can’t think any more clearly than this? Do you want him to equate a harmless toy with a lethal weapon? Do you want him to learn to bleat with the sheep, “All guns bad! Gun free good!”? Might I suggest, Mom, that you get your son reinstated, sue the living daylights out of everyone involved for violating your rights as a parent, and get your son out of there while he is still a normal boy and enroll him in a private school that has some common sense or home school him. Crazy is contagious and you don’t want your son catching what they have in Calvert County, Maryland.
Update: According to The Washington Post, Calvert County has agreed to scale back this student’s suspension to the three days he has already served. Whether this suspension will remain on his “permanent record” is still under consideration. While his mother has asked that the school acknowledge that the incident was mishandled, the school has responded that “the incident was handled acceptably….(and) for any future infraction, a similar approach would be used for questioning and parent notification. I’m sure that’s where this will end, considering his mom is a teacher in the same school system.
Crazy, just flat out crazy.