Tuesday 9 March 2010

How different from life here, eh?

Christ on a trike:

To the little boy's mother, it was just a 6-year-old boy playing around.

But when Mason Jammer, a kindergarten student at Jefferson Elementary in Ionia, curled his fist into the shape of a gun Wednesday and pointed it at another student, school officials said it was no laughing matter.

They suspended Mason until Friday, saying the behavior made other students uncomfortable, said Erin Jammer, Mason's mother.

School officials allege Mason had displayed this kind of behavior for several months, despite numerous warnings.

"I do think it's too harsh for a six-year-old," said Jammer, who was previously warned that if Mason continued the practice he would be suspended. "He's six and he just likes to play."

Jammer says her son isn't violent, and there are other, more effective ways of teaching him not to make a gun with his hand.

"Maybe what you could do is take his recess away," suggested Jammer, adding her son doesn't have toy guns at home.

Fucking hell. A kid got suspended for pointing a finger at another kid and saying "bang"?

She should put him in the army here. He'd fit right in.


JuliaM said...

I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that the human race is doomed...

Anonymous said...

Not unprecedented.

This is from 2003:

Sadly Fred no longer writes his site (predates blogging by years), but for an abundance of uncommon sense, trawl his archives - it'll be an afternoon well spent.

Fred On Everything

HeartAttackSurvivor said...

If the kid was standing next to his target, did the gun-mime with his hand held sideways, up against the other kid's temple whilst screaming "Eat lead, muthafuckah!" then maybe they'd have had a point...

Anonymous said...

Mhmmmmmmmmm, I'm 21 and do this heh. Scary shit when society and state do merge like this. I refuse to believe a rational person would have thought there was anything wrong with it.

microdave said...

@ Anon 12:16 - You aren't dealing with rational people here, but public "servants". Common sense is the first thing drummed out of them....

OldSlaughter said...

That is like all I did until I was like 12. Then I started smoking instead.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Clown

My Grandad made wooden guns for us to go around the back streets, shouting 'peow, peow, you're dead, I got you.'

'No you didn't.'


We also used our fingers, with no ill effect, even during playtime at school. I was five and three quarters.

Later we had cap guns. They went 'bang' all by themselves. They also looked quite real and did not have dayglow orange tips to their barrels.

Later still I had a .177 BSA Meteor air rifle. I used to walk around in public with it tucked under my arm. No one bothered. Sometimes I was with the next door neighbour's son with his poxy Daisy. We would shoot pellets at the ice on the boating lake. It made an interesting sound. The neighbouring chimneypots acquired some holes.

If I went into a shop I courteously left my rifle outside in the care of my sister, aged 6.

Today any one of those 'incidents' would be a cause of major trauma, involving the police, flashing blue lights, much handwringing, social services, 'watch' lists, court appearances, 'taken into cares' and possibly even a mild case of death by shooting from a secret police firearms expert.

Is it any wonder we oldies hanker after the days when people were real people and public servants were real public servants, instead of all being competitors in the obsessives’ Olympics?


Kingbingo said...

I know its tragic but its also funny watching society disappear up its own arse in the most stupid and retarded way possible.