Want to know one HUGE reason I have chosen to homeschool? Common Sense. Or the SERIOUS lack thereof.
The point at which you are suspending a child for bringing a Lego gun to school is the point at which you should stop and re-evaluate what you are doing.
But no. That's not enough.
Neither was suspending a child for having bloodshot eyes from crying because his father had been murdered over the weekend. (Which they knew...because the child's mother had called them that morning to inform them of the situation.)
Perhaps they'll re-evaluate their policies when they suspend a child for touching a pill after someone else placed it in her hand. (Especially when they suspended her despite the fact that she immediately gave the pill BACK to the ACTUAL drug dealer...a fact which the school doesn't deny.)
Nope. They're not done yet. They'll keep going and give a child detention for having a piece of candy. No. Really. A young girl was given detention for having a Jolly Rancher. Unfortunately, you read that right.
Should I keep going because the stories just keep rolling in. There are too many to count or possibly list here. Children suspended for doing drugs because they took 2 Advil for cramps or a Tylenol for a headache. Kids kicked out of school because they took Sudafed for a cold or Benadryl to help with allergies. Heaven forbid a child get caught with a Claritin! These kids should be ashamed of themselves!
But hey...at least THOSE kids aren't farting on a bus. Or in a classroom. That one got a kid arrested. No. Really. I can't make this stuff up. Wouldn't think to. Because it's so far-fetched it would never have occurred to me in my wildest dreams that things like this would happen. For the record, I believe every guy in my senior class and at least 1/2 the girls belong in jail for this same offense. Add burping & good-heavens...I think we'd ALL have been in lock up!
One thing we should really all remember, though, is that religion doesn't belong in the schools. An 8yr old boy learned that the hard way. He was sent home from school and forced to undergo a psychological evaluation because he drew a picture of a stick-figure Jesus on the cross. Based on what this boy had to go through, I can only imagine their punishment for Mel Gibson for The Passion. They'd have probably hung him on a cross. Wait.
But let's not forget what really started this all. Guns. They're all so dangerous that no one should ever own a gun. Guns are bad. Guns kill people. If no one ever owned guns, there would never be any violence because no other weapon is ever used for violence.
I'll give you a minute to stop laughing.
You might think that as long as children didn't bring the actual weapons themselves to school then they'd be okay. I mean, the kids who got in trouble DID have actual guns even if they were tiny guns attached to plastic green army men or a Lego gun. If a kid were to use the imagination God gave them and pretend and make a gun with their finger, that wouldn't be bad. You know, like when playing cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians? I mean, it's JUST a finger, right?
Ha. Ha. Ha. That would imply sense that is not quite so common any more. A host of 6 and 7 yr old kindergarten and first grade students have gotten suspended or kicked out of school for making a weapon with their fingers. There was the kid in Michigan, the one in Texas, and the one in Oklahoma. I can only imagine being one of these parents and being told that my child was being suspended for this "offense". I would probably laugh at the administrators right then and there, sure that they were joking.
Never would I imagine, though, that a slice of pizza would get a kid suspended. That'll show HIM for getting the pepperoni! I sincerely hope he learns his lesson as he sits there in silence learning how to socialize with other children.
I feel certain after reading this that my children wouldn't survive even one day in public school.
My son would make a finger gun while farting and eating a jolly rancher. And drinking a cup of coffee. Which alone would probably get him life in prison at 9. Based on what I find regularly when doing laundry, he'd end up at school with rocks, Legos, dog food, and a fork in his pocket. And possibly a half-eaten pb&j that may or may not be in the shape of a gun. During math, he'd draw a picture of monsters, dragons, or aliens (or some combination of the 3) battling. With guns.
And that's just my son.
Which is why we homeschool.