Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Michigan 6-Year-Old Suspended From School For Making Gun With His Hand -- Nanny-Dumb???
According to Fox News there was a 6-year-old student that was suspended from a Michigan School for making a gun with his hand. This is utterly ridiculous! It seems as though Nanny-Dumb has permeated through Michigan’s public schools.
While I disagree with the severity of the punishment the child was explicitly told by both his parents and his teacher multiple times to stop making his hand into the shape of a gun during class. Since the child didn’t listen to his teacher, I do believe that he needed to be punished in some fashion, but suspending the kid is way overboard and overkill in my opinion. I think that the boy was just fooling around during class time.
If this wasn’t done during school hours I would just think that this child was being creative(within reason), or a little boy having fun. I don’t think that this boy made this gesture out of malice.
He was suspended from school because both his classmates and his teacher were uncomfortable with him making his fist into the shape of a gun. Would these same students and this particular teacher be uncomfortable if there was a student who was deaf that used sign language? Should we really be letting people who are uncomfortable dictate when students are suspended? I am not saying the child shouldn’t be punished at all, but it seems like suspending the 6-year-old was not called for either.
I just think that this whole situation displays clearly that common sense was not used by the school in handling this situation. It sure seems like the State of Michigan, and its public school systems have established and are promoting a Nanny-Dumb, or a nanny state.
From Fox News:
A Michigan boy reportedly has been suspended from school for curling his hand into the shape of a gun and pointing it at another student.
Erin Jammer, said her son, Mason, was just playing around when he made the gesture Wednesday, the Grand Rapids Press reported.
"I do think it's harsh for a six-year-old. He's six and he just likes to play. Maybe what you could do is take his recess away. He's only six and he doesn't understand any of this," Erin Jammer said.
But officials at Jefferson Elementary School said the behavior made other students uncomfortable, and they suspended Mason for the remainder of the week, the paper reported.
School officials also told the paper that Mason had been warned repeatedly against pretending to aim his hand at students but continued the behavior over several months.
Jammer told the paper her son isn't violent and doesn’t have toy guns at home. She suggested a less harsh punishment, like taking Mason’s recess away, might be more effective in teaching him not to make a gun with his hand.
"He's only six and he doesn't understand any of this," she said.