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Child kicked out of school for gun hat (merged threads)

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by coloradokevin, Jun 17, 2010.

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  1. coloradokevin

    coloradokevin Member

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    Here's the cliff notes on the article:

    1) A kid wears a homemade hat to school in reference to a school project.

    2) The child's hat was reportedly made to honor our soldiers, and features a camo background, with an American flag and a couple of the small plastic "toy soldiers" attached to it.

    3) The child gets kicked out of school (at least for the day) for violating the school's gun/violence policy, because of the fact that the plastic figurines on his hat were holding plastic representations of guns.


    http://wcbstv.com/watercooler/army.hat.banned.2.1757691.html

    This concerns me. Although we all obviously recognize the legitimate reasons why schools won't allow children to bring guns to class, the idea that we should be eliminating any representation of something that bears the shape of a gun is ridiculous!

    Put in a different context, an entire generation of children are being brought up in some school districts where guns are being blamed for all of the problems in our society. What does that say for the next generation of voters, and our future gun rights?
     
  2. dirtymike1

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    To say that we as a country are jolly well F'ed would be an understatement.

    I find it sickening that we are "procecting the childern" in these ways when they are being forced into one mindset. We (read: these kinds of people) have lost grip with reality and are causing this ship to spin out of control very quickly.
     
  3. Milkmaster

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    Ridiculous School policy rum wild!

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Christan Morales says her son just wanted to honor American troops when he wore a hat to school decorated with an American flag and small plastic Army figures.

    But the hat ran afoul of the district's no-weapons policy because the toy soldiers were carrying tiny weapons.

    "His teacher called and said it wasn't appropriate because it had guns," Morales said.

    Morales' 8-year-old son, David, was assigned to make a hat for the day when his second-grade class would met their pen pals from another school. She and her son came up with an idea to add patriotic decorations to a camouflage hat.

    Earlier this week, the Tiogue School in Coventry sent the cap home with David at the end of the day after concluding it violated a zero-tolerance policy for weapons.

    The principal told the family that the hat would be fine if David replaced the Army men holding weapons with ones that didn't have any, according to Superintendent Kenneth R. Di Pietro.

    Morales said the family had only one Army figure without a weapon (he was carrying binoculars), so David wore a plain baseball cap on the day of the visit.

    "Nothing was being done to limit patriotism, creativity, other than find an alternative to a weapon," Di Pietro said.

    The district does not allow images of weapons or drugs on clothing. For example, a student would not be permitted to wear a shirt with a picture of a marijuana leaf on it, the superintendent said.

    The principal "wasn't denying the patriotism," he said. "That just is the wrong and unfair image of one of our finest principals."

    Morales said her son was inspired to honor the military after striking up a friendship last summer with a neighbor in the Army.

    Banning the hat "sent the wrong message to the kids, because it wasn't in any way to cause any harm to anyone," she said. "You're talking about Army men. This wasn't about guns."

    The story was first reported by Providence TV station WPRI.
     
  4. cambeul41

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    I wonder what the written school rules actually say. Could they possibly be as stupid as the administrators seem to be?
     
  5. armoredman

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    Insanity gone berserk. These "educators" would be gibbering wrecks if on a campus that had JROTC...
     
  6. KY_wildcat

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    Just to be fair, the kid was not sent home for the day. He had to put his hat into a bag and bring it home with him after school.

    "Earlier this week, the Tiogue School in Coventry sent the hat home with David after class. He wore a plain baseball cap on the day of the visit instead."

    I know everyone likes to jump all over stories like this, because lets face it sensational news reporting works. Reporters looking to run up the web counts probably think, lets go out and rile up the gun crowd.

    Im not opposed to a zero gun policy FOR STUDENTS at elementary schools. My kids are not going to be brain washed by not seeing toy guns at school. Administrators and teachers with CC permits should be allowed to carry real guns during the school day.
     
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    So dumb
     
  9. BADUNAME37

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    One question:

    Do any of the history books in that school district show, explain, or otherwise describe any war that has ever been fought?

    If so, then this kid's cap is in the same league as those textbook stories, pictures, details, whatever.

    Shame. :(
     
  10. PRM

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    The elections this year will be more critical than ever. Sit quietly by and we will continue to see our country, its values, and our very way of life steadily eroded. Want America to be a carbon copy of Europe, all we have to do is nothing. Gun rights are just the tip of the iceberg.

    We are in an era where tolerance means you cannot even disagree or have a different opinion. Its not about a toy soldier, its about having a different value system from the secular progressives.

    We have freedom because of those who serve in our military fought and some died. Why should honoring that ever be wrong? Why should the American flag ever be banned in schools, like we just saw in CA? Something has gone terribly wrong.

    Want to see it get worse ~ stay home on election day.
     
  11. Cosmoline

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    And most importantly--know who you're voting for on the school board.
     
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    There's your "zero tolerance" in action.
     
  13. TexasRifleman

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    I am opposed to anything someone labels as "Zero Tolerance". That term means "I don't have to think for myself before acting", that's all it means. It gives small minded people an opportunity to be cruel and thoughtless while standing behind the veil of zero tolerance screaming "I didn't have any choice!"

    Zero Tolerance is a mind numbingly bad idea, wherever it's implemented.
     
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    Texas Rifleman ~ I like your TR quote. Very well stated.
     
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    While I think it is totally ridiculous that the child was sent home for a half inch plastic replica gun, I have to wonder how many of these stories we have to hear about before parents realize the schools zero tolerance policy is just that. It says zero depictions of weapons, drugs, etc. Just don't send the kids to schools with clothing that will get them into trouble. Get the policy worded in a more logical manner, or fight your battles somewhere else.
     
  17. WinchesterAA

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    Why would you people send your kids to a place that totally strips them of their humanity for 8 hours a day? Why force them to live two different kinds of life?
     
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    ^Possiblly because it is the school district in which they live. I hardly think this example "strips them of their humanity", and forces them to live dual lives. The kid can't bring plastic guns to school, big deal its not like he's a pint sized FFL of fictional weapons attepting to make a living in the school cafeteria.
     
  19. sv51macross

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    Come to think of it, my senior year in HS, a guy I befriended showed-up on the first day with a t-shirt that had the slogan: "Welcome to New York City. Duck, Motherf****r!" and an image of a hand holding a smoking revolver.

    They made him tape a piece of paper over 'f****r'.
    Guess Ann Arbor isn't as bad as people think?
     
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    My parents homeschooled me and this is one of the reasons that I'm glad they did. I was allowed to grow into an individual as opposed to a cookie cutter version of whatever the school board thought I should look like. My children will also be homeschooled as I believe it's the parents responsibility to raise children and not some underpaid, undereducated, government employee.
     
  21. speaksoftly

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    Kids school contact info...call em!

    P.S. If you want to do something about it or this upsets you then here's the info.

    The principals email is richtarikdenise@coventryschools.net

    The school's mailing address is Tiogue School, 170 East Shore Drive, Coventry, Rhode Island, 02816

    The schools phone number is 401-822-9460
     
  22. shotgunjoel

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    YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID.

    I got a feeling that they wouldn't have made him tape over that word at the school in question, it would be considered the student's freedom of speech and expression.
     
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    So now I guess drugs and guns are the same. A toy soldier is just as shocking as a pot leaf nowadays, huh? Geez... Some people.
     
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    Unless your a Buckeyes fan. :neener:
     
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