I saw this crazy article1 the other day about a second grade boy who was written up for having drawn a gun after his teacher asked the class to look at the clouds and draw whatever they saw. This All-American boy, (Did I mention this was a boy?) this All-American boy drew a picture of a gun. GASP! SHOCK! TERROR! OH THE HORROR! Whatever will we do?!!
Marching him down to the principal’s office under the premise that he had disrupted the learning environment is apparently what seemed like the best course of action in the mind of this second grade teacher, as if she didn’t already have enough to do. Just the idea that any course of action was actually taken is pure insanity from my perspective.
Let me just say this: if my son were in public school, he wouldn’t last ten minutes without my getting a phone call. He and all his buddies would be locked up or sent home before the first bell rang because I can guarantee they’d be playing army. And, YES, they would be shooting each other with whatever object they could find: pencil, stick, their fingers, a cracker they chewed to look like a gun at lunch, etc. You name it, my son can make a gun out of it and so can every other 5 to 12 year old boy that he’s friends with. Guns, wars, and battle strategies are all he thinks about, at least when he’s playing.
He’s got hundreds of Legos that I am always hoping he will build some amazing structure with, but instead he builds bunkers that have holes in them for guns and cannons, and the Lego men each have a gun in their hand. And, NO, my son is not a violent child in the least. He is very tender hearted, very loving, and very compassionate and caring. He’s just a boy who has been designed by God to be a protector and a hero.
What do schools plan to do, remove every boy who ever displays this kind of imagination and God given instinct? It won’t take long, and there will simply be all girls’ schools across the country. I understand that everyone is terrified these days as it concerns our public schools and the safety of our children, and rightfully so. I cannot imagine the pain and anguish that families who have been victims of school violence have suffered. I also understand that this teacher probably followed a school policy; but if this is the level of fear that we live in, then perhaps it is time to give teachers and administrators guns on campus. That, of course, is another article for another time.
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