Public School Insanity

Via: USA Today

government schools

To judge from recent news reports, they seem to be getting crazier.

Glenn Harlan Reynolds March 11, 2013

In The K-12 Implosion, and also in these pages, I’ve noted that goverment-run public schools are facing a problem: There are more and more alternatives. It’s not so much that the public schools are getting worse, I’ve argued, as that the alternatives are getting better and more attractive.

But now I’m starting to wonder. Maybe the public schools are getting worse. At least, to judge from recent news reports, they seem to be getting crazier.

Exhibit One: A seven-year-old boy who was suspended because he chewed his Pop Tart into the shape of a gun. Now, really, why would you suspend a kid for that? A gun-shaped Pop Tart isn’t a threat to anyone. Nor does chewing a Pop Tart into the shape of a gun suggest violent tendencies.

Meanwhile, a 5-year-old girl was charged with “terroristic threats” for talking about her pink toy gun that shoots . . . bubbles. The school suspended her for 10 days and required a psychological evaluation.

And in Maryland, boys were suspended for playing cops and robbers and using their fingers as imaginary guns. Who is frightened by this sort of thing? People who can’t distinguish between fantasy and reality.

In Alexandria, Va., meanwhile, a 10-year-old was arrested and hauled off by the police for bringing a toy gun to school, according to a report in the Washington Examiner:

” ‘The safety of our students is always our first concern,’ Morton Sherman said. ‘We appreciate the quick response and action by our police.’ ‘The toy resembled a semi-automatic handgun,’ said police spokesman Jody Donaldson. It was silver and had a black handle. It also had a orange tip that went into the barrel, showing that no ammunition was coming out of it.”

Of course, the safety of the students was never in question — because it was a toy gun — but the mental abilities of the school and police officials are now in considerable doubt.

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