Save The Boys

boy with bowSave your boys.  Get them out of public schools where a six year old ‘roughhousing’ is grounds for suspension,  and kissing a girl on the hand is grounds for sending him home with ‘sexual harrassment’ on his permanent school record.  More here.

This fifth grader shot an imaginary arrow from a pretend bow and is now at risk of expulsion for violating the school firearms policy. Note, too, the final point Darleen makes here about what behavior was rewarded.

Essentially, he’s being punished for a thought crime.

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  1. Sheila
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    On the face of it, it does sound crazy for a little boy to be suspended for that, but I take note that: ‘ Jennifer Saunders said her son was suspended once before for kissing the girl and had other disciplinary problems’. I just wonder if there is more to the story than what is being reported.

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted December 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

      I don’t. Suspending a six year old for kissing a girl is over the top, and roughhousing is typical boy behavior, for which the school’s remedy of choice is drugging them out of their skulls. We’ve seen this with the Two Little Boys, who are now both on a ridiculous number of meds for what was simply normal boy behavior.

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted December 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      There is more to the story, but not what we might have thought. Here’s more:

      Hunter spent Monday at home, under suspension from school. The school-district superintendent says, in KRDO’s paraphrase, that “Hunters’ [sic] actions fit the school policy description of ‘sexual harassment.’ . . . The school district also says Hunters’ [sic] parents may believe that kissing the girl at school is overall acceptable–but that’s where the school disagrees.”

      Clearly buffoons are in charge of the school and the district, but what does that have to do with Obama? The answer is that these buffoons are following orders from Washington. In April 2011 Russlynn Ali, then assistant education secretary for civil rights, issued a directive in which she threatened to withhold federal money from any educational institution that failed to take a hard enough line against sexual misconduct to ensure “that all students feel safe in their school.” The directive’s preamble declared: “The sexual harassment of students, including sexual violence, interferes with students’ right to receive an education free from discrimination and, in the case of sexual violence, is a crime.”

      The Ali directive has received attention mostly for its application in higher education, including our Saturday exposé of Auburn University’s comically unprofessional and shockingly unjust Discipline Committee. But the mandate to prevent and punish “sexual harassment” applies to all educational institutions that receive federal funding, including elementary and secondary schools.

      “If a school knows or reasonably should know about student-on-student harassment that creates a hostile environment, Title IX [of a 1972 civil rights law] requires the school to take immediate action to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects,” Ali wrote. The music teacher and other school officials were faithfully if ridiculously executing that command when they investigated the tip from the kids who tattled.
      More here.

      • Sheila
        Posted December 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

        I don’t agree with sexual harassment being on his record, but it is more than he simply kissed her. He did it repeatedly and was warned repeatedly. I do see that as harassment.

        ‘But Masters-Ownbey says the kissing was “not once, but over and over.” School officials insist the boy was repeatedly warned and that the punishment was warranted.’

        Masters-Ownbey is the girl’s mother.

        I think there are definitely bad public schools, I think there are bad private schools, and I think there are bad home schools. However, not every public school is a bad one. I have one daughter in public school, and while it’s not been perfect, it’s been very good. I have another daughter in a private Christian school, and it’s also been very good (also not perfect). Our daughters are two individuals with different needs, personalities and interests, and we’ve tried to find the best education for each of them. If homeschooling had seemed the answer, we would have definitely done that and it wouldn’t have been perfect either. I don’t think the answer is to pull all boys (or girls) from all public schools.

  2. Posted December 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Agreed. School is bad enough for (most, not all) girls who can sit still for hours and color inside the lines. It’s a nightmare for many boys.

    During my oldest son’s brief experience in public school (SIX weeks), his teachers adored him, but repeatedly got on to him for doing math in his HEAD instead of on paper. When pressed, he would tell them that he saw no point in wasting time writing steps down that he could easily do in his mind.


  3. Frances
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Heh – couldn’t move in the playground when I was in primary school for little boys chasing each other with two-finger “guns”. Kissing didn’t seem to be in fashion, though.

    Long time ago in a country far away, of course.

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted December 12, 2013 at 11:35 am | Permalink

      In my schoolyard days kissing was in fashion. We played kissing tag. The girls chased the boys and kissed them, and then the boys chased the girls and kissed them. I am pretty sure the girls thought up this game. That was in Canada in the 60s.

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