We have yet another example of the mindless enforcement of zero tolerance for gun play at school. Seven-year-old Patrick Riley used his finger to form a pretend gun and went bang toward a wall. He was promptly suspended from Parkview Elementary in Oklahoma City.
School officials observed ominously that “a student has repeatedly used his hands to simulate a gun and act as if is shooting fellow students.” However, witnesses said that there was no imagined blood bath but rather an imagined wall shooting.
The principal stood by the decision but the school eventually lifted the suspension after the boy was disarmed.
By the way, this is not first finger-gun felon found in our schools. The fact is that across the country child are carrying around finger guns ready to be pulled out for walk-by shootings and lunch line hold-ups.
What is striking about this story is the lack of any demand that the school re-train its staff, including the principal, on the rationale enforcement of his policy. I frankly do not understand why kids cannot play such games at school. I can understand telling kids not to bring toy guns, but, as I have previously written, this is innocent play by children.