School Brands 5-Year-Old’s Cap Gun “Explosives”, Threatens to Call Police

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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When reporting on stories like these, I’m torn between whether this is due to

A. Administrative overgrowth in education resulting in lots of bureaucrats with categories and no common sense applying rules blindly and covering their asses.

B. A deliberate anti-second amendment agenda being followed blindly by an educational system that functions as an outpost of liberalism.

I suspect it’s probably a combination of both. Either way Zero Tolerance in schools is swiftly reaching the sort of anecdotal scale usually reserved for Middle Ages trials of animals. It’s insane. Everyone who isn’t an educational bureaucrat can agree that it’s indefensible and insane. Now all it takes is putting some political muscle behind pruning the educational bureaucracy and putting more control back in the hands of the parents.

A kindergartner who brought a cowboy-style cap gun onto his Calvert County school bus was suspended for 10 days after showing a friend the orange-tipped toy, which he had tucked inside his backpack on his way to school, according to his family and a lawyer.

The child was questioned for more than two hours before his mother was called, she said, adding that he uncharacteristically wet his pants during the episode. The boy is 5 — “all bugs and frogs and cowboys,” his mother said.

If the punishment stands, it would become part of the boy’s permanent school record and keep him out of classes the rest of the school year, the family said. He would miss his end-of-year kindergarten program at Dowell Elementary School in Lusby.

But no, this isn’t quite insane enough just yet. It gets worse.

The mother was called by the principal at 10:50 a.m. and was told that her son had the cap gun and pretended to shoot someone on the bus. She said that both the kindergartner and his first-grade sister, sitting nearby on the bus, disputed that account.

The mother said the principal told her that if the cap gun had been loaded with caps, it would have been deemed an explosive and police would have been called in.

I suspect that there was more explosive material in the heads of the principal than in the cap gun. But we’re accepting an inhuman system that is relentlessly cruel and completely insane…while claiming to be a humane system that acts in the public interest.

It’s doubtful that any mere individual could be this crazy on their own. It takes a system to make people behave in such ways. And this is why big government is so scary. It programs people to commit all sorts of horrifying and insane acts in the name of following orders.

  • gee59

    Yet in New York when a 3rd Grade boy was orally raped by a 5th grader (2nd offense) and two 3rd graders the police weren't even called.

    The 5th grader received the same punishment as this 5 year old and the 3rd graders got half the punishment

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    America is dealing with the purposeful (mis)education of children by radical revolutionaries, and they have NO interest in protecting the kiddies. For if this was the case, then how could they allow domestic terrorists to groom their teachers? – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/04/02/adina-kutnick
    And anyone who believes they really do care about the children, then there is nothing one can say to convince them otherwise.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Edward Cline

    The divesture of education from government power can't happen soon enough. The majority of American schoolchildren are in the hands of professional monster-makers and persecutors.

    • Brujo Blanco

      The interrogation of a.juvenile "suspect" is.a.serious violation of.the child's civil.rights. The child.was.obviously terrified to.the point he wet his.pants. As.far.as.I am concerned.they inflicted punishment without a hearing. The "gun" was.not a firearm; it was.a toy. Gee, I wonder.what the punishment is.for.carrying a.Bible.into the school.

  • Softly Bob

    Make all children scared of guns even toy ones, remove gender differences so that you have boys in touch with their feminine sides and unable to fight, demoralise the military to discourage anyone from serving in it.
    Abracadabra – you have a generation of irresponsible and emasculated individuals who are unable to defend themselves and who are completely dependent on government.
    This is all part of the Liberal-Marxist grooming procedure that is taking place in U.S. schools at the moment.

  • onecornpone

    This is an outrageous instance of overkill reaction, and a perfect argument for home schooling. The current system leaves children scarred for life, even without events such as this.

    What better way to make little boys afraid of guns than to see their classmate ostracized and made an example of, so unjustly and over such triviality?

    Zero Tolerance is merely blanket imposition of injustice, posing as a safety mechanism. It was designed to protect mealy-mouthed school administrative bureaucrats from the people to whom they should answer. It came about because of the flood of female school administrators, who don't have the self confidence to say, NO – Because I said so!

  • RUI

    "I suspect that there was more explosive material in the heads of the principal than in the cap gun. " Try doo doo.

  • UCSPanther

    Fire. Them. All…

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Say "ready aim" ………..pity what emasculating crap schools are dumping on this
      generation, absolute stupidity, if I was taken from the past at age 5 and put in a
      school today with my crew we would be given life without parole…………….William

  • cindy

    I have read numerous articles concerning children wearing t-shirts with images of guns, or taking toy guns, to school. It makes one wonder if all of these incidents are innocent acts of children, or parents exploiting their children to make a political statement. As far as the 'explosives' are concerned; I almost had my eye put out by a cap from a cap gun when I was a child. If a child is allowed to take a toy gun to school, maybe next time he/she will think it's okay to take the real thing, especially now that they make guns in such fun colors for women and children.

    • UCSPanther

      As far as I am concerned, teachers shouldn't interrogate students like what happened here. Who do they think they are? The Gestapo? the KGB?

      They need to lose their jobs and get sued for their back teeth.

    • UCSPanther

      Also, moral panics (like this little anti-gun crusade) do not do any good and always end with human rights violations, ranging from harassment and needless scrutiny (Dungeons and Dragons players in the 1970s, thanks to Patricia Pulling), to full-out witch hunts and pogroms.

    • Mary Sue

      Caps don't work that way.

    • Mary Sue

      OH YES BECAUSE WEARING A T SHIRT WITH A GUN ON IT IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS CARRYING A REAL GUN.

      WE MUST TEACH CHILDREN TO PEE THEIR PANTS WHENEVER THEY SEE A GUN THAT'LL SOLVE SOCIETY'S PROBLEMS! (not)

      • UCSPanther

        And if they step out of line, it is okay to go Gestapo on them (not)

  • Solomon

    The little kid pissed in his pants. He was grilled like a criminal.

    This is child abuse and torture.

    Those who did it should first piss in their pants in public.

    Then be charged, tried, convicted, and imprisoned.

  • julia

    disgusting pathetic human beings in charge in that school. poor kid