A second grader in Virginia has been suspended for pointing a pencil like a gun.

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A second grader in Virginia has been suspended for pointing a pencil like a gun.

He was pretending to be a Marine (like his father) and going after bad guys.



  • Jeffrey

    My favorite line of the article was the last one – “At some point, we may have to consider whether the anti-gun hysteria is actually doing more harm than good to students.” If kids get traumatized by pastries and pencils, then the answer is quite clearly a resounding YES WE ARE!

    Is it possible that the kids are scared because of how they see the adults around them act?

  • joe

    This is not education, unless your idea of education is Winston smith being locked up in room 101, this is indoctrination pure and simple. A coworker related a story of when he was shaving and had a trickle of water coming out to clear his razor, his kids shut the water off and told him not to waste it! in the great lakes we don’t have a shortage of water, point is that these kids are being programmed to believe things that are not so!

  • Edward

    The kids may not be as traumatized by the pastries and pencils (and shirts) as they are traumatized by the uncertainty of what might get them into trouble or suspended.

    When behaviors that are not forbidden lead to trouble, then what other behaviors likewise lead to trouble? What behaviors are safe, or are any safe? Behaviors that were widely practiced by the other children last year or last month could now end up with the kid in the principal’s office this month. One’s sense of safety goes out the window.

    Like “The Hunger Games,” today’s kids don’t know when they are going to lose the (political correctness) lottery. No wonder the book and movie were so popular.

  • lino

    The article never mentioned if it was a sharpened pencil. You might not take such a cavalier approach if you were ever stabbed by one. Does anyone know how many people are killed each year by these things? 11,000?

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