Chicago school suspends 11 year old for voluntarily turning in broken toy gun

posted at 6:31 pm on February 16, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Another heartwarming story from the Windy City, where their spiraling gang violence problem and unsafe conditions have led them to a strict “zero tolerance” policy for anything that even resembles a gun. (Of course, this apparently only applies if the person holding it is a licensed, law abiding citizen… or a child.) At Fredrick Funston Elementary School, children are searched when they arrive for classes in the morning. One student remembered at that last moment that he had a toy gun in his pocket from the night before and attempted to turn it in to the security officials conducting the searches. Things went downhill from there.

CHICAGO, Il.— Criticizing Chicago school officials for being overzealous, misguided and incapable of distinguishing between an impotent toy and a dangerous weapon, The Rutherford Institute has come to the defense of an 11-year-old boy who was suspended from school after he voluntarily turned in a non-firing plastic toy gun that had been forgotten in his jacket pocket. Caden Cook, a sixth grader at Fredrick Funston Elementary School, was suspended for allegedly violating the school’s weapons policy against dangerous objects, in addition to being ordered to undergo counseling, and subjected to intimidation tactics, interrogation, and dire threats by school officials—all without his mother being present. Rutherford Institute attorneys have asked that the suspension be rescinded and all references to the incident be removed from Caden’s permanent school record…

Frederick Funston Elementary School introduced a random “pat down” to its security and screening procedures at the beginning of this school year. All students are physically separated from their bags and randomly chosen for a manual “pat down” before going through the metal detectors. Students’ bags are also separately searched at random. On Friday, January 31, 2014, sixth grader Caden Cook was waiting in the school line to be patted down when he realized that he had mistakenly left in his sweater pocket a toy plastic gun which he had played with the previous night while he was out with friends and family. Realizing his error and that the toy was a prohibited item on school grounds, Caden alerted the security personnel to his predicament, explaining that he had accidentally brought the plastic toy to school and relinquishing the toy to school security personnel. Instead of recognizing that Caden was attempting to do the right thing and acknowledging the mistake, school officials allegedly subjected the 11-year-old to intimidation tactics, interrogation, accusations of lying, and threats.

This must make the parents in the school district sleep better at night. Another dangerous eleven year old with a broken plastic toy is safely off the streets and no longer menacing the citizens of their fair city. And such strict measures no doubt stick in the minds of the people who actually listen to and follow laws. Meanwhile, those who ignore laws against robbery, rape and murder mysteriously fail to heed the restrictions against carrying weapons. It’s a real puzzle, I tell ya.

We also have to wonder what sort of lesson this teaches children and parents. It’s not safe for many of these families to leave their homes at night, but their own children are dragged out of line, searched, suspended and shamed in the community for having a toy. It would be small wonder if these kids grow up to have little or no respect for the government which somehow finds ways to punish them while failing to bring the actual criminals to justice.


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The indoctrination begins early. Children conditioned to allow random pat downs and property searches accept “authority” like good little sheep. Somewhere TSA agents are smiling.

Tori01 on February 16, 2014 at 11:21 PM

I wonder if this is part of the reason why home schooling is booming?

307wolverine on February 16, 2014 at 6:41 PM

One reason I do it.

freedomfirst on February 16, 2014 at 11:29 PM

All about training kids to live in a prison environment and think its normal.

oryguncon on February 16, 2014 at 11:33 PM

I just got this in email.
I think we all need organizations like this in our communities – to of course keep us all really really safe from ourselves…

http://eaglerising.com/4684/citizen-mocks-city-council-anti-gun-ordinance/

dentarthurdent on February 16, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Zero-tolerance is, admittedly, ridiculous, but SOCIETY is as much to blame as schools, because society pisses and moans and sues and ruins people’s careers if administrators, or teachers, even try to exercise their own judgment and vary in their response to disciplinary situations at all.

xNavigator on February 16, 2014 at 10:29 PM

You are so on-target with your remarks, especially this one.
However, “society” is not an actor, although societal trends can promote or inhibit particular behaviors; the hyped-up litigation trouble is caused by individuals, real people, who think they are entitled to special treatment — and have done nothing to deserve it.

A Texas lady I know, after 25 years as a middle-school teacher, had a handle on the treatment they did deserve: “I could solve 90% of the discipline problems in the school if they would let me take half the parents* out and shoot them.”

I hate to think what she would have said about this proposal.

President Barack Obama is backing a controversial campaign by progressives to regulate schools’ disciplinary actions so that members of major racial and ethnic groups are penalized at equal rates, regardless of individuals’ behavior.

(*majority Anglo school with equal opportunity malefactors)

AesopFan on February 17, 2014 at 12:11 AM

President Barack Obama is backing a controversial campaign by progressives to regulate schools’ disciplinary actions so that members of major racial and ethnic groups are penalized at equal rates, regardless of individuals’ behavior.

(*majority Anglo school with equal opportunity malefactors)

AesopFan on February 17, 2014 at 12:11 AM

So, if 5 white kids and 5 black kids have already been suspended/expelled so far this year, and you’re black – you can do whatever you want – shoot up the school deal drugs in class, anything – and you’re home free – “yo, yo, can’t touch me dude til another cracka kid does sumpin’….”

Ya, sure – THAT sounds like a good way to stop bad behavior – social justice and all….

dentarthurdent on February 17, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Enough is ENOUGH! End the insanity…fire these ignorant, ‘political correctness’ / anti-gun brain-wasing f#@ks…and I hope the parents sue the school for so much money the children of those being sued will have to become sharecroppers/endentured servants to pay off all of the money!

easyt65 on February 17, 2014 at 12:31 AM

Gotta love gun-free zones….they make me feel safe and cozy….

ladyingray on February 16, 2014 at 7:12 PM

And a coffin is safe and cozy. Just saying.

platypus on February 17, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Reminds me a of an anecdote from the director’s commentary on the DVD of “The Fugitive” (the Harrison Ford/Tommy Lee Jones version).

During the scene in which Harrison Ford boards the jail bus to go to the penitentiary, director Andrew Davis comments that it was easy to find a building exterior that looked like a jail. They used an abandoned elementary school.

Honest to God, you gotta have brain damage to send your kids to public school.

Splashman on February 17, 2014 at 12:45 AM

Chicago is what a police state looks like. I can’t believe that anybody still lives there.

Theophile on February 17, 2014 at 2:08 AM

While conservatives think foolishly that this is mere overreaction, the left knows well it is their planned rein of intimidation and terror against all that stands in their way.

Don L on February 17, 2014 at 7:05 AM

oryguncon on February 16, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Exactly.

Cleombrotus on February 17, 2014 at 7:09 AM

President Barack Obama is backing a controversial campaign by progressives to regulate schools’ disciplinary actions so that members of major racial and ethnic groups are penalized at equal rates, regardless of individuals’ behavior.

(*majority Anglo school with equal opportunity malefactors)

AesopFan on February 17, 2014 at 12:11 AM

When the ratios get out of balance, maybe they can ask for volunteers from the “under-represented” group to be suspended in order to allow suspensions of really dangerous members of the “over-represented” group. We can then give them “martyrs for peace” awards or something and praise equality finally being achieved.

KW64 on February 17, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Liberal teachers and school administrators, you’re quickly turning into a running gag.

hawkdriver on February 17, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Elementary school kids are getting a pat down every day at school?

WTF?

Run, do not walk, out of that city. Leave no forwarding address.

GeeWhiz on February 17, 2014 at 8:16 AM

And meanwhile, a judge lets some street thug go home on electronic monitoring, even though he was involved in real violence. Yep, that makes sense…

William Ruting on February 17, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Keep voting for leftists America.

crosshugger on February 17, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Solution? Move to Detroit:

If more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday.

BigAlSouth on February 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Regarding …

. . . this proposal.

President Barack Obama is backing a controversial campaign by progressives to regulate schools’ disciplinary actions so that members of major racial and ethnic groups are penalized at equal rates, regardless of individuals’ behavior.

(*majority Anglo school with equal opportunity malefactors)

AesopFan on February 17, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Consider the inevitable consequences of such crazy inherently evil “ideas.”

The proponents of this know full well that punishment and disciplinary rates in certain urban schools — ones with high majority racial and ethnic attendance rates of children who are currently exhibiting high levels of behavior problems — would have to be dramatically and artificially reduced in order to meet the compliance requirements of the policy.

Suburban and outlying schools having lower racial and ethnic attendance rates of children who are currently exhibiting high levels of behavior problems, would not suddenly begin punishing and disciplining their children across the board at increased levels, if there were no corresponding increases in bad behavior!

Can you imagine?

“Johnny, I’m going to have to punish you for bringing drugs to school, and for being disruptive.”

“But teacher, I didn’t bring any drugs to school! And I’ve never been disruptive!”

I know, I know Johnny, but we need to keep up with the disciplinary and punishment rates of the schools downtown. Look, next time I promise I’ll arbitrarily punish someone else. But this time you’re going to just have to take it and live with it, okay?”

The point is obvious. The only schools where disciplinary and punishment rates will appreciably change as a result of this policy, will be a reduction in those schools where disciplinary and punishment rates are currently high — as a result of higher levels of behavior problems being exhibited by certain out-of-control students!

And, the only way to reduce those rates will be to give those out-of-control students a pass, even though they only represent a percentage of the student body (and only a percentage of the racial and ethnic group to which they belong).

Those bad actors will then become completely disruptive because they will know that, henceforth, they will not suffer any consequences! Anti-social behavior will mushroom in those schools, and criminal behavior will increasingly become the norm.

So, in the end, who will become the real victims of this “policy?”

It will be those black and other ethnic minority students in urban schools who are not behavior and/or disciplinary problems, and who are currently really trying to get an education. The bad actors will take over their schools with impunity, and will destroy the educational process.

Sound familiar?

Trochilus on February 17, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Chicago school suspends 11 year old for voluntarily turning in broken toy gun

…thus teaching the 11 year old that school authorities are morons who totally lack reasoning and critical thinking skills.

landlines on February 17, 2014 at 1:57 PM

To me this baits the question, “WHAT DID THEY FIND?”. It seems that with all the States and ALL the Counties and ALL the towns AND all the schools, no one is talking. Well not exactly, Connecticut did release some figures for the 2011-2012 school year. Over 1200 “weapons” found, 18 were guns, none of which were in schools but locked in the students cars in the parking lots, the students were in most all cases skeet shooters and hunters and other wise legitimate handlers of those guns and meet all state and local gun ownership requirements, just not the schools requirements.

Here is my point. Safety is necessary but to what level of over reaction and cost in tax monies and the destruction of these students lives. Has anyone studied this. Has anyone determined the long term destructive effect on these children?

jpcpt03 on February 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Get out of the public schools–cesspools of indoctrination and ‘liberal’ conformity.

rennyangel2 on February 18, 2014 at 8:13 AM

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