U.S. schools have become certifiably insane

Let’s see, in the past few weeks a little girl was suspended for a week because she had a paper “gun” her grandfather had made her still in her pocket from the day before. Several kids ranging from 9-12 have been suspended because they had pictures of guns or soldiers carrying guns as screensavers on their laptops. A five year old girl was suspended for telling another kid she was going to shoot her with bubbles from her pink Hello Kitty bubble-making gun (that she did not have with her). At least 3 little boys and one little girl aged 5-7 have been suspended for pointing finger guns on the playground, another was suspended for bringing a picture of his brother, serving in Afghanistan, dressed in his military attire with his gun (gun in the picture only), for show and tell, and now a 7 year old, playing soldier, has been suspended for 3 days for throwing an imaginary grenade into an imaginary box containing imaginary evil forces so he could ‘rescue the world.’

They have gone insane. You know, cops and robbers, cowboys and indians, playing soldiers are staples of childhood imaginary play. My brother and I used to run around shooting our metal cap guns at each other (sometimes with those little popping ‘caps’ you put in them but most of the time just going “pow”) and the neighborhood kids who were armed with play bows and plastic play rifles and machine guns. Until my brother was 11 or so, drawing “violent” war images were all the rage for little boys complete with bullets making beelines, grenades and missiles exploding and blood spurting. This is all completely normal childhood stuff. They are essentially criminalizing completely normal childhood play.

Beyond this, they are trying to instill in kids the idea that police officers and soldiers are bad, bad people. This is really just nuts.

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10 responses to “U.S. schools have become certifiably insane”

  1. tddpirate says :

    It is merely the violence counterpart of cleaning up childhood from all traces of sex.
    Once violence is totally removed from childhood, will “They” allow sex back into it?

  2. Mac says :

    PC runs amok. Oh, and teaching actual morals isn’t allowed as you may offend someone…..

  3. Lynne says :

    It’s entirely insane.

  4. Mike says :

    I remember doing all the things you describe Yaeli. It was standard for boys and girls and we didn’t have any of these mass school shootings. Makes me think trying to suppress what’s natural for kids is part of the problem.

    • Lynne says :

      Mike, I agree. Boys and girls playing army or cowboys is not significant and does not cause violence. Being abused, being exposed to too much violence on TV, movies and other media are contributing to violence, especially being abused and having horrible or unfit parents… being mentally ill with some kind of organic problem and not receiving proper treatment (nearly impossible today in the US with our failed mental health system)…all of these are among the things are creating violence in our society.

  5. israeliminx says :

    Thanks for the link Mac! It is a really great speech.

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