While playing a game on the playground of J.W. McLaughlin Elementary School in Raeford, North Carolina, last Friday, Caitlin Miller, 5, found a cool-looking stick on the ground. It gave her an idea: she could pretend to use it as a gun to protect the “king and queen” from intruders who wish to do them harm. All of that innocent fun was brought to a screeching halt when a “concerned” teacher grabbed her off the playground and ushered the little girl to the principal’s office. Caitlin was suspended for one day for “turning a stick into a gun and threatening to shoot and kill other students,” as the letter given to her mother stated.
Here’s a picture of the deadly weapon:
(By the way, it's PERFECT for a gun, isn't it? Nice find, Caitlin!)
The girl’s mother, Brandy Miller, received a call from the principal telling her Caitlin posed a “threat” to other students. Amazingly, she doesn’t appear as outraged as most of us would be.
“One minute she’s playing with her friends, and the next her teachers are dragging her to the principal’s office,” Miller told WTVD-TV. “She’s confused.”
“We know why [guns at school are] bad. We watch the news, but then I have to tell my kid you’re not allowed to play like that in school because people do bad things to kids your age,” Miller added.
The mother says she would like the school to apologize to Caitlin for not doing a good enough job explaining why she got in trouble. She would also like to remind the school that, “You can be five and have an imagination.”
But not in this school district, who released a statement about it’s “zero tolerance” policy:
Hoke County Schools will not tolerate assaults, threats or harassment from any student. Any student engaging in such behavior will be removed from the classroom or school environment for as long as is necessary to provide a safe and orderly environment for learning.
This completely irrational decision comes less than a week after another ridiculous overreaction over a four-year-old boy from Troy, Illinois, who was suspended for seven days at his preschool for bringing to class a spent shell casing from a .22 rifle.
Got that, kids? No sticks, no metal cylinders, and certainly, no Pop-Tarts should be fashioned into dangerous and threatening weapons while at preschool or kindergarten. There are lives on the line, people. Now, get back to playing tag. Oh, wait, that’s banned, too.
Here's the local news story: