Zero tolerance attitudes are running amok today in the nation’s compulsory public elementary schools. Public school teachers and administrators show zero tolerance for the constitutional rights of the children and parents who are forced to participate in the compulsory education system.
Compulsory public school education laws violate First Amendment freedom of speech and freedom of association rights as well as Fifth Amendment deprivation of liberty without due process rights. Kids and parents are forced to participate whether they like it or not and in the process are subjected to zero tolerance for any thinking or behavior outside the prescribed standards of statist conformity.
If compulsory education laws are constitutional then there are absolutely no limits to what the government authority can mandate in violation of the liberty and constitutional rights of every citizen, adult and child alike. If the statists can force children to go to school and subject them to zero tolerance standards then they can force anyone to do or think anything.
In the wake of a few horrific school shootings the statist government authorities think they have the right to take out their frustrations upon the innocent little children in their classrooms who had nothing whatsoever to do with the crimes. They actually believe that they can prohibit what a child thinks about just because a few whacko’s committed actual violence at a school.
But the children are the victims – not the perpetrators. The whacko’s who committed the crimes need to be punished, not the little kids who should have the right to be and act like little kids. There should be zero tolerance for the criminals, not their targets. This zero tolerance then is upside down; it’s nonsense; it’s farcical.
Of course it’s OK not to allow real weapons at school but American kids all over the country are being punished at school today just for being kids. One kid was punished for biting his pop tart into the shape of a gun. Another was punished for talking about shooting an imaginary bubble gun. Others were punished for drawing pictures of guns, making noises like guns, and pointing their fingers like guns.
In short, all these kids were punished for their thoughts – not any conduct which could possibly be deemed a danger to anyone under any circumstances. They are forced to attend school and while there are punished for their thoughts by overzealous teachers and administrators who believe they have the right to control other people’s minds.
The latest innocent child victims of zero tolerance attitudes are two Suffolk Virginia 7-year-old second grade boys punished for the “crime” of just being little children thinking about playing soldier and bad guy with guns. These are boys who otherwise get good grades and have no history of being disruptive in class. But they had the temerity to make shooting noises while pointing pencils at each other.
This “crime” of playacting supposedly violated the Suffolk school system’s zero-tolerance policy on weapons. To a government statist a pencil is benign when being used to write something on a piece of paper but becomes a dangerous weapon when a 7-year-old points it and says “pow.”
“Well I was being a Marine and the other guy was being a bad guy,” one of the boys explained to his dad, a former Marine. For that the Driver Elementary School statists suspended them for two days, even though the boys stopped playing when a teacher told them to stop.
A pencil is considered a weapon when it’s pointed at someone in a threatening way and gun noises are made, said a school district spokesman. “Some children would consider it threatening, who are scared about shootings in schools or shootings in the community,” he deadpanned. “Kids don’t think about ‘Cowboys and Indians’ anymore, they think about drive-by shootings and murders and everything they see on television news every day.”
So you see, these boys were punished for a thought “crime” and the government statists have no problem admitting it. After all, they actually believe they can do this kind of thing to kids and get away with it. This guy also admitted that drawing a picture of a gun or pointing a finger in a threatening manner are also considered “crimes.”
“It’s an effort to try to get kids not to bring any form of violence, even if it’s violent play, into the classroom,” he continued. “There has to be a consequence because it’s a rule.”
It’s zero tolerance against kids being kids. And it’s one more unbelievable example of how the citizens of the United States of America are far less free today than at any other time in history.
This is the new imaginary war on elementary pencil warrior terrorists.