You’ve heard of an air guitar. How about an air bow and arrow? South Eastern School District in Fawn Grove, York County, recently suspended a 10-year-old boy because he drew a bow and arrow in the air and “shot” at a classmate.
This is school vigilance gone awry. Sure, society wants to keep weapons out of schools. But reasonable people should apply the rules to real weapons, or objects that could be weapons, not harmless gestures. South Eastern spells this out in its Zero Tolerance policy for “Weapons, Ammunition and other Hazardous Items,” banning possession of “weapons.”The Student Code also bans “replicas” or “look-alike” weapons.
The principal told the mother that he considered the child’s arm gestures to be “making a threat,” and using “a replica or representation of a firearm,” which could result in expulsion.
Good grief. Enough with zero tolerance policies that seem to remove reason from the equation.
Bring back some sanity to our attempts to protect our children. A teacher’s admonition not even to pretend using a deadly weapon against a fellow student would have carried the day, wouldn’t it have? Otherwise, before you know it, we’ll really have the thought police.
And all of us will be in jail.