School expels a boy for shooting airsoft gun in a perfectly safe manner on his own property. Neighbor called 911 because the toy made her ‘uncomfortable.’http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=51076
I think the neighbor is a whining busy body who perfectly illustrates the self-centered, immature, and childish attitude wrong with much of America today. She should have been fined for calling 911 for a situation she knew was posing no danger to anybody and was not an emergency- she acknowledged it was not a real gun.
WAVY.com reached out to the principal of Larkspur Middle School, Matthew Delaney. In a letter obtained by WAVY.com Delaney said his investigation found the “children were firing pellet guns at each other, and at people near the bus stop.” The letter from Delaney says one child “was only 10 feet from the bus stop, and ran from the shots being fired, but was still hit.”
Khalid insists all the shots fired were on his private property. The three children firing the guns were suspended. The three others who did not fire the guns were not suspended.
Khalid thinks the suspensions are unfair: “Yes, it’s unfair because we were in our yard. This had nothing to do with school. I didn’t have anything at school at anytime.”
The Virginia Beach City Code isn’t clear, and goes back and forth. It reads no person “shall … discharge any firearm, spring-propelled rifle or pistol … within … 150 yards of any building.” Then it reads “no person shall use a pneumatic gun except at approved shooting ranges or within private property.”
Solangel says, “That is exactly my point. It is private property.”
The parents do not appreciate the school sticking its nose into their business. One of the fathers says he sees it as a dad issue, not a school issue, and Khalid’s mother says that while her son disobeyed her, it’s between her and her son, and has nothing to do with the school.
The principal impresses me the least of all- he is the one who recommended suspension, and he seems to have little regard for the separation of school and family or for the privacy of his students.
In a Twitter post Tuesday evening , Virginia Beach School Board Chairman Daniel Edwards attached a letter defending the school’s disciplinary actions against the boys: “Yet somehow student safety has taken a back seat in the intense media coverage of this case. This is not an example of a public educator overreaching. This was not zero tolerance at all. This was a measured response to a threat to student safety.”
In the statement, Edwards also released information about Khalid’s previous discipline problems at school. His parents told 10 On Your Side they are upset by that and said they signed a waiver for the school system to talk to WAVY about the airsoft incident only.
The kids were on private property. They were all playing, but one of the kids ran ‘out of bounds,’ that is, off the property, and he got shot in the arm anyway. If they were our kids, both of them would be in trouble- the shooter for the hotheaded impulsive choice to shoot the kid who ran out of bounds, because out of bounds is out of bounds for a reason. The kid who ran would be told to play or don’t play, but playing just until you’re losing and then running off the field is poor sportsmanship and cowardly.
The school wants to make an issue of the fact that the kid was 10 yards from the bus-stop, but the issue is- he wasn’t at the bus-stop. He was not on school grounds. The kids were playing. The police came out and saw no reason to arrest or fine anybody, but the school appointed itself judge, juror, and executioner and also, apparently, gossip columnist by whining about what should have been private information.
In another statement the principal said the boys would learn important life lessons about consequences- yeah. One of them is that school officials are your enemies and cannot be trusted or admired for their good judgment. Is that really what he wanted, or does he care?
In other news, in another district a parent who spoke up against Common Core implementation at a school board meeting was arrested for his parental involvement. Yes, the ‘rules’ forbade speaking up. The school preferred to limit parents to written questions which only school officials could see, and then they could pick the questions they wanted to answer, for obvious and not remotely admirable reasons.
There’s video at the link. Watch it and think about what it means to be a parent.
This is about treating parents and their children as the property of the government, as herd animals to be managed.
And in addition to this, we reflected that1 cowherds are the rulers of their cattle, that grooms are the rulers of their horses, and that all who are called herdsmen might properly be regarded as the rulers of the animals over which they are placed in charge. Now we noticed, as we thought, that all these herds obeyed their keepers more readily than men obey their rulers. For the herds go wherever their keeper directs them and graze in those places to which he leads them and keep out of those from which he excludes them. They allow their keeper, moreover, to enjoy, just as he will, the profits that accrue from them. And then again, we have never known of a herd conspiring against its keeper, either to refuse obedience to him or to deny him the privilege of enjoying the profits that accrue. At the same time, herds are more intractable to strangers than to their rulers and those who derive profit from them. Men, however, conspire against none sooner than against those whom they see attempting to rule over them.
I think our current crop of bureacrats view this as encouragement to become keepers.
P.S. Remember the 7 year old suspended for chewing a pop tart into the shape of a gun? His family is suing to have his record expunged.