First a six year old boy is suspended for making a finger gun and saying ‘pow’ and now a five year old girl faces the same fate after she “made a terroristic threat”. FIVE. In Kindergarten!
A rural Pennsylvania girl has been suspended from kindergarten after she told another girl that she planned to shoot her with a pink Hello Kitty toy gun that bombards targets with soapy bubbles.
Events unfolded last week when the five-year-old girl was waiting at a bus stop with other students, reports WCAU in Philadelphia. Details are unclear, but the girl said something like “I’m going to shoot you and I will shoot myself,” according to Robin Ficker, an attorney for the girl’s family.
The girl reportedly did not have the Hello Kitty gun or any other weapon with her at the time.
School officials in the Mount Carmel Area School District in Northumberland County later found out about the incident and sprang into action. They interrogated the little girl for approximately three hours — without her parents present – according to the NBC affiliate.
The bubble-blustering little girl was originally suspended for 10 days for issuing a “terroristic threat,” according to Fox News. The charge was lowered to “threatening to harm another student” after a meeting between the girl’s mother and school officials, and the suspension was reduced to two days.
The kindergartener also had to submit to psychological testing before school officials allowed her to return to school.
“The psychologist said that she posed no danger to others,” Ficker told the Daily Item, a local newspaper.
We’re talking about a HELLO KITTY BUBBLE GUN. A toy fit for a five year old.
Okay, this is ridiculous and outrageous. This is freedom, squelched. But I finally get it. This is what it’s all about, not being overly careful so another Sandy Hook doesn’t happen. They start as early as possible and demonize guns. Not just guns, but any action related to them, such as pointing a finger at someone and saying ‘BANG!’, so that by the time the kids are old enough to vote, they’ll happily vote away the right to even have the evil guns.
We had freedom as children, once upon a time. We carried knives -yes, even to school- in our pockets. They are tools, after all. We played Cowboys and Indians without worrying if it offended native Americans or if we’d be suspended for ‘terrorist activities’. Cops and Robbers required plenty of fake bullets, too. Every kid knew the names Bonnie and Clyde and John Dillinger and we play killed them, over and over, without scarring any of our little psyches.
We got all our social interactions and aggression out on the school yard. The girls chased the boys, the boys tried to look up our skirts and we all gathered by the fence and drank from the honeysuckle. Nobody told us how to be children and our lives were golden because we were free.
Then we’d file back into the school, tired, sweaty and ready to be quiet and learn. Those who cut up were spanked and if they continued to disrupt class they were sent to a different school, somewhere I suspect had padded rooms.
I can’t help crying for what we had and what they don’t. We’re raising a nation of fascists who will take this country down even if outside forces cannot.