When a kid points their finger at another kid and says “bang” it used to be called “play” — children playing games where they protected themselves and others from fictional bad guys. Today, however, if a child does that at school, some “educators” want that child expelled from school. Some even claim the act of play is somehow making “terroristic threats” — even when it’s a kindergartener.
Sounds insane, doesn’t it? An Oklahoma legislator this so, which is why she is drafting a State bill that would prevent schools from disciplining kids for this kind of play.
Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern’s bill is what she calls the “Common Sense Zero Tolerance Act” and it aims to legislate the restraint that, in her opinion, adults ought to have been able to exercise on their own.
“Real intent, real threats and real weapons should always be dealt with immediately. We need to stop criminalizing children’s imagination and childhood play. We need to stop criminalizing children’s imagination and childhood play. If there’s no real intent, there’s no real threat, no real weapon, no real harm is occurring or going to occur — why in the world are we, in a sense, abusing our children like this?”
Her bill would forbid schools from taking action that would “punish, humiliate, intimidate, be condescending to, or bully a student” if that student was found to be in “possession of a toy weapon”.
Administrators would also be prohibited from disciplining kids for “using a finger or hand to simulate at weapon”, “drawing a picture of a firearm”, or making gun noises.
So far it sounds like Common Sense, right?
The State’s teachers’ union is against the bill.
According to Linda Hampton, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, “the proposed legislation removes local control from teachers, counselors, administrators and local school boards. Educators are degreed professionals, trained and experienced in dealing with children.”
Some haven’t been “dealing with children” very well, Ms. Hampton. If these so-called “educators” are unable to exercise Common Sense, then it is a legitimate role of Government to compel them to do so. Either that or fire them and prevent them from having contact with children at any time in the future.