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How dangerous is a drawing of a gun?

February 19, 2013 - Michael Palmer
Remember the good old days, when a kid could be a kid? Well it seems those days are long gone. Kids across the country are being expelled from school, and in some cases arrested for possessing toy guns, drawing toy guns, pointing fingers at and even brandishing imaginary guns.

There are few topics more controversial than the use and ownership of firearms, especially when children are involved. Jessie Sansone of Ontario, Canada, would probably agree. Recently, this dad was handcuffed when he arrived to pick up his kids from school. The charge? Possession of a firearm.

Apparently, after his young daughter drew a picture of her daddy holding a gun to fight off bad guys and monsters, the teacher became concerned and the school administrators called Family and Children's Services, who then called the police.

That same day, rather than an uneventful carpool line, Sansone faced handcuffing and a ride in one of several patrol cars waiting outside of the school.

Sansone's ordeal continued once he arrived at the police station, where he was strip searched and questioned about the alleged gun. Seven hours later, after police determined the child's drawing was based on a toy gun that shoots foam darts, he was released.

In an ironic twist, Sansone is a counselor who speaks to school children about the danger of drugs, violence and bullying.You can watch him be publicly humiliated and his reputation destroyed on you-tube.

Case 2: A 7-year-old child allegedly shot a Nerf-style toy gun in his Hammonton, N.J., school Jan. 18. No one was hurt, but the pint-size soft shooter now faces misdemeanor criminal charges.

Hammonton Police began an investigation into the “suspicious activity” at the Hammonton Early Childhood Education Center Jan. 18 after school officials alerted them to the incident.

The “gun” the child brought to school was a $5 toy gun, similar to a Nerf gun, that shoots soft ping pong type balls, according to the school’s superintendent.

Case 3: The mother of a third-grade boy enrolled at Pioneer Trail Elementary in Missouri was upset her son was suspended from school for three days after bringing a key chain fob in the shape of a handgun to school Tuesday.

Brandy Williams, mother of 9-year-old Romello Carter, said she thought the punishment was “a little extreme,” considering the key chain fob was in no way a weapon, and was purchased as a toy. The item is about 2 inches long.

These are just three examples of the insanity in our schools.

Are you serious? The school defends the policy using the Zero Tolerance excuse. To suspend a child making a his hand into a gun, or arresting a child for using the letter L as a gun is ridiculous.

I would have been jailed as a delinquent and would most likely still be behind bars for all the imaginary shooting I did as a elementary school child.

One response from another parent at the school, “Pointing the fake-gun at another child?!! Of course that kid should be suspended, and his Mother/Father should be teaching him not to point guns, toys, sticks or anything else at other children. “If more parents took responsibility for their children our schools would not be dealing with this type of behavior.”

That frightens me, and I have to say with that kind of irrational thinking ruling the policy in our public schools, I would not have sent my children into that environment.

If I was a parent today, I would remove my student from any school with these insane policies. Home schooling is becoming a very popular option, go figure?


Article Comments



Feb-19-13 6:18 PM

Michael, You are truly on target with this article. I would only challenge one point. We CANNOT step back and remove ourselves from this dialogue by home schooling but rather must step forward, speak out, and CHANGE this political correctness gone wrong. It is time to stand up, speak out, and challenge these actions.

thank you for your speaking out !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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