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 Rutherford Institute attorneys have asked that the suspension be rescinded and all references to the incident be removed from Caden’s permanent school record…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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Schools are spinning out of control…

OmahaConservative on February 16, 2014 at 6:34 PM

I remember when we’d go to school in the seventies we had our shotguns in our cars or trucks so we could go hunting after school…

OmahaConservative on February 16, 2014 at 6:36 PM

This is industrial grade stupidity. The only place safe to use this level of stupidity is government.

Don’t try this at home kids!

Jaibones on February 16, 2014 at 6:36 PM

They need to do a third “Escape From…” movie set in Chi(t)cago.

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 6:39 PM

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

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

Ironically, about every 3, 4 years they have a gun turn-in for the public where they give (what used to be my money until I left that rathole last year) taxpayer money “rewards” to people.

The kid should have just waited until then, he might have scored a $20 Target gift card.

I’ll let someone else comment on what kind of indoctrination compels an elementary school child – yes, a child – to feel he has to do this.

Lance Corvette on February 16, 2014 at 6:41 PM

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.

Yeah…but what if it had been able to fire? What about that? /sarc

A lack of common sense combined with a group who cannot allow themselves to make moral judgments leads to this sort of lunacy.

sharrukin on February 16, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Good thing that kid didn’t have a poppy seed bagel on him … they’d have arrested him as a narcotics dealer.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 16, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Show and tell I took my cheap 22cal bolt action.

We went squirrel hunting after last bell.

wolly4321 on February 16, 2014 at 6:44 PM

I remember when we’d go to school in the seventies we had our shotguns in our cars or trucks so we could go hunting after school…

OmahaConservative on February 16, 2014 at 6:36 PM

80s too.

We all (the boys) carried knives. Fights went on, and none of us even considered pulling a knife. We brought handguns into the school (with permission of course) for teaching purposes. We had a smoking area for Chrissake!

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 6:46 PM

It’s all good. Must have been one of them non-lethal Skeet guns.

Nutstuyu on February 16, 2014 at 6:47 PM

school officials allegedly subjected the 11-year-old to intimidation tactics, interrogation, accusations of lying, and threats.

Getting the serfs used to the fascist state at an early age.

rbj on February 16, 2014 at 6:47 PM

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

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

Only amongst racist homophobic anti-government bigots, doncha know.

Nutstuyu on February 16, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Shit’s getting outta control. The aim is obviously to make this kid swear off guns forever as he see’s the chaos that ensues if he even thinks of having one.

msupertas on February 16, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Frederick Funston Elementary School introduced a random “pat down” to its security and screening procedures at the beginning of this school year.

This says volumes about why Chicago is doomed. Random pat downs on 11 year old kids in school? Seriously? How many school shootings does Chicago have that requires this level of security at each school? Imagine the manpower and money required to do this every single school day.

Maybe, just maybe, they should be concentrating their limited resources on where the gang violence is actually occurring?

Idiots.

Johnnyreb on February 16, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Getting the serfs used to the fascist state at an early age.

rbj on February 16, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Shit’s getting outta control. The aim is obviously to make this kid swear off guns forever as he see’s the chaos that ensues if he even thinks of having one.

msupertas on February 16, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Since you both stated very well what was in my thoughts, I haven’t another thing to add… ):

Well said you two!! :)

Scrumpy on February 16, 2014 at 6:56 PM

I wonder if this is part of the reason why home schooling is booming?
307wolverine on February 16, 2014 at 6:41 PM

I wonder how parents can even trust their kids to schools & their administration. This is certainly not the first news story of “zero tolerance” with “zero common sense”. I think the above quote hits a prime reason for home schooling squarely.

majorzot on February 16, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Dittos…

OmahaConservative on February 16, 2014 at 6:58 PM

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

But the left is always warning us about illegal guns, not people who use guns for bad ends. In which case, why suspend the boy? Suspend the gun!

Stoic Patriot on February 16, 2014 at 6:59 PM

NUTS,…….
…in my day,..the Teacher would taunt the student,

“Its in my desk,..and you can have it back after school”!!

canopfor on February 16, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Bravo Fredrick Funston Elementary School. Bravo!

If Columbine High School, Virgina Tech, and Sandy Hook Elementary didn’t allow their students to walk around with automatic machine guns there would be hundreds of children still with us.

This might seem a little overboard, but a government’s most vital responsibilty is to protect lives. …and those who are the most vulnerable deserve the highest level of protection. In a sane country, we can not have citizens simply choosing which children get to live and which must die.

Frank Lib on February 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Screw Shitcago.

They all can go to hell.

TX-96 on February 16, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Frederick Funston Elementary School introduced a random “pat down” to its security and screening procedures at the beginning of this school year.

 

Meanwhile: http://abcnews.go.com/US/jury-loud-music-murder-trial-end-day-verdict/
 
libfreeordie on February 13, 2014 at 4:04 PM

rogerb on February 16, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Bravo Fredrick Funston Elementary School. Bravo!

If Columbine High School, Virgina Tech, and Sandy Hook Elementary didn’t allow their students to walk around with automatic machine guns there would be hundreds of children still with us.

This might seem a little overboard, but a government’s most vital responsibilty is to protect lives. …and those who are the most vulnerable deserve the highest level of protection. In a sane country, we can not have citizens simply choosing which children get to live and which must die.

Frank Lib on February 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM

You listed three school shootings, with a tragic count
somewhere around 73 lives lost..then conclude we’d have
HUNDREDS of children still with us.

Question. What in the Hell is the matter with you??

ToddPA on February 16, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Maybe, just maybe, they should be concentrating their limited resources on where the gang violence is actually occurring?

That’s racisss.

werewife on February 16, 2014 at 7:12 PM

…the schools having control of the majority of children…don’t leave much hope…for the nations future!

KOOLAID2 on February 16, 2014 at 7:12 PM

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

ladyingray on February 16, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Frank Lib on February 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM

That kind of weapons-grade stupidity is not covered under the Second Amendment.

Why did HA open up registration again?

turfmann on February 16, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Question. What in the Hell is the matter with you??

ToddPA on February 16, 2014 at 7:09 PM

I think he is trolling but he sounds too much like an actual liberal nutbar for it to work.

sharrukin on February 16, 2014 at 7:14 PM

You listed three school shootings, with a tragic count
somewhere around 73 lives lost..then conclude we’d have
HUNDREDS of children still with us.

Question. What in the Hell is the matter with you??

ToddPA on February 16, 2014 at 7:09 PM

read it again, he said if those schools didn’t allow kids to walk around with automatic machine guns they would not be killed.

but thats just it, they don’t allow them to walk around with automatic machine guns.

hidden snarkiness.

dmacleo on February 16, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Bravo Fredrick Funston Elementary School. Bravo!

If Columbine High School, Virgina Tech, and Sandy Hook Elementary didn’t allow their students to walk around with automatic machine guns there would be hundreds of children still with us.

This might seem a little overboard, but a government’s most vital responsibilty is to protect lives. …and those who are the most vulnerable deserve the highest level of protection. In a sane country, we can not have citizens simply choosing which children get to live and which must die.

Frank Lib on February 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Protect lives form a kid trying to turn in a plastic toy gun? You need professional help.

Oh and where do I get my Government issued and approved to walk around at school automatic machine gun? That sounds pretty cool. My middle school didn’t pass those out. Maybe you can only get them in Chicago.

Johnnyreb on February 16, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Assault toy

WhatSlushfund on February 16, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Chicago. A special kind of stupid.

morganfrost on February 16, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Frank Lib on February 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Um, fruitcake Frank, he was turning in a toy gun, not walking around with an automatic machine gun(can’t get one). The keys must repulse at the stupidity of your touch.

msupertas on February 16, 2014 at 7:25 PM

hidden snarkiness.

dmacleo on February 16, 2014 at 7:18 PM

If that is snark it was very good.

Johnnyreb on February 16, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Clearly this is nothing to do with that particular toy gun, on that particular day. This has everything to do with making even the thought of touching or playing with a gun so abhorrent that kids stop doing it. Our betters think that we are simple beings. If we get our snouts slapped for minor gun infractions, we will stop thinking about guns. They will squash our “gun culture” and our kids will grow up with no desire to exercise their 2nd amendment rights for fear of punishment. Or, at least, enough of them will grow up to be voters with no qualms about legislating the 2nd away.

tdarrington on February 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Frank Lib on February 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM

You weave a wonderful tapestry of sarcasm. I bow to the master. Welcome to HA.

tdarrington on February 16, 2014 at 7:29 PM

read it again, he said if those schools didn’t allow kids to walk around with automatic machine guns they would not be killed.

but thats just it, they don’t allow them to walk around with automatic machine guns.

hidden snarkiness.

dmacleo on February 16, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Yes, I read his post…and saw the framing of it,
that these schools actually ALLOWED that to occur.

I responded with a simple point that he LIES, and added
my question to him, based upon his LIE, and his idiotic
framing of school gun rules.

I am just getting worn out from Leftists who LIE. it is
systemic in their world now….

ToddPA on February 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM

This might seem a little overboard, but a government’s most vital responsibilty is to protect lives. …and those who are the most vulnerable deserve the highest level of protection. In a sane country, we can not have citizens simply choosing which children get to live and which must die.

Frank Lib on February 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM

I’d sure like to see the Constitution or charter that states that.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Frank Lib on February 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Um, fruitcake Frank, he was turning in a toy gun, not walking around with an automatic machine gun(can’t get one). The keys must repulse at the stupidity of your touch.

msupertas on February 16, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Bolded is one of the all time greatest smackdowns I’ve
ever read on this site.

BRILLIANT.

ToddPA on February 16, 2014 at 7:33 PM

ToddPA on February 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM

I could be wrong but I think he was doing a tongue in cheek/snark type of post pointing out the absurdity of it.

dmacleo on February 16, 2014 at 7:33 PM

dmacleo on February 16, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Swing and a miss, then. If other posters have to point out the brilliance of your snarkiness….like having to explain a comedian’s joke…big whiff.

msupertas on February 16, 2014 at 7:36 PM

ToddPA on February 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM

I could be wrong but I think he was doing a tongue in cheek/snark type of post pointing out the absurdity of it.

dmacleo on February 16, 2014 at 7:33 PM

I thought about that too…but his screen name didn’t
show up as “Bishop”.

ToddPA on February 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM

I could be wrong but I think he was doing a tongue in cheek/snark type of post pointing out the absurdity of it.

dmacleo on February 16, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Well! I’d expect that from Honest Lib but not from Frank Lib or even HotAirLib!

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Y’all! Please! Frank Lib is punking you. Turn on your sarc detectors!

Laura Castellano on February 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM

ToddPA on February 16, 2014 at 7:09 PM
Johnnyreb on February 16, 2014 at 7:20 PM
Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 7:31 PM

We have a new snarc master in town – and you guys fell for it.
This is not Frank’s first thread.

dentarthurdent on February 16, 2014 at 7:40 PM

ToddPA on February 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM

With ya, I think he meant what he said, then if we got too mean….he could say…kidding, just kidding. Not buying it.

msupertas on February 16, 2014 at 7:40 PM

and those who are the most vulnerable deserve the highest level of protection. In a sane country, we can not have citizens simply choosing which children get to live and which must die.

Frank Lib on February 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM

ONLY a lib can draw a straight line conclusion from a toy gun to Col HS, VA Tech and Sandy Hook. Thanks for proving the theory Liberalism is a mental disorder.

hillsoftx on February 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Laura Castellano on February 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Jesus Christ, this newbie is right!

In a sane country, we can not have citizens simply choosing which children get to live and which must die.

Frank Lib on February 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

dentarthurdent on February 16, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Like I said, if so many have to explain…..

msupertas on February 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

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

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

Yep. Anecdotally, a fair number of the math students I teach online are not out in remote areas of Montana or Alaska; instead, they’re on the South Side of Chicago.

JimLennon on February 16, 2014 at 7:42 PM

We have a new snarc master in town – and you guys fell for it.
This is not Frank’s first thread.

dentarthurdent on February 16, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Yes we do. It got me. Got me good.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 7:42 PM

I thought about that too…but his screen name didn’t
show up as “Bishop”.

ToddPA on February 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Frank is new. Did The Bish find his missing sock because the new guy is VERY good.

VegasRick on February 16, 2014 at 7:44 PM

If you google, you can find students suspended for everything under the sun…literally.

https://www.google.com/#q=student+suspended+for+

stingray9813 on February 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Frank is new. Did The Bish find his missing sock because the new guy is VERY good.

VegasRick on February 16, 2014 at 7:44 PM

I look forward to see others get got. Particularly CW.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Leftist bureaucrats CANNOT be trusted. Their “word” means absolutely nothing. Not in the highest levels of government, to the lowest level peon administrator.

They are completely devoid of any desire, or ability to do what they promise they’ll do. Unless it’s a promise to hurt people, that they’re always eager to follow through on.

And if people are too disengaged and too dumb to STILL not see it today, then we are well beyond any possible way back from this.

Left_is_Wrong on February 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

I remember when we’d go to school in the seventies we had our shotguns in our cars or trucks so we could go hunting after school…

At my high school back in the mid 1970′s, a classmate brought in his 8mm Mauser (WW I and WWII era German assault rifle) to shop class to tap the barrel to fit the rifle with a 3-9x-40mm scope for deer hunting. He actually received extra credit to his overall shop class grade for successfully completing scope mount.

Wallythedog on February 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

When I was in grade school, I once brought a toy UZI in for show and tell.
Yes-it had sound effects.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

We have a new snarc master in town – and you guys fell for it.
This is not Frank’s first thread.

dentarthurdent on February 16, 2014 at 7:40 PM

If this is the case, I concede…I know the snarc masters
on here….have not read this individual engaging in snarc
before…..

ToddPA on February 16, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Wow, this really pisses me off. Do these teachers have brains? Reminds me of this: http://youtu.be/8UnWf4WGxm8

It also used to be the kids could bring Swiss Army knives and other pocketknives to school. It was considered normal. Kids would whip out their knives to cut a piece of string or a stick or something.

bluegill on February 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

I look forward to see others get got. Particularly CW.

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

I was that >< close to falling for it but asked if this guy was for real. Frank must have been practicing for years.

VegasRick on February 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Is it just me, or did it just get snarky stinky in here?

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM

bluegill on February 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

My senior year of high school, I used my mother’s old Girl Scout pocket knife as a key chain.
The women’s dean knew about it-and didn’t care.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM

FLINK!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM

FLINK!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM

I ask you a question and that’s what I get?

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM

When I was in the sixth grade (admittedly, a long, long time ago), I took a PPSh-41 to school for Show and Tell.
Not that big a deal…it sat in the coat closet before and after.

Solaratov on February 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Where is QOTD?

OmahaConservative on February 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM

My senior year of high school, I used my mother’s old Girl Scout pocket knife as a key chain.
The women’s dean knew about it-and didn’t care.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM

In elementary school I wore a t-shirt showing 2 vultures with one of them saying “Patience my ass, I’m gonna kill something”. The principal made me wear it inside out because of the “bad word” (ass) on it. Today I probably would have been arrested.

VegasRick on February 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Guess I’ll be reading Frank the Lib a little closer.

msupertas on February 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Oh…that.
The answer is yes.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Solaratov on February 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Huh. I’d have guessed a Kalashnikov or a Tokarev.

:D

Lanceman on February 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Here’s an idea. Make the school officials cops. They will have all gun violence cleaned up, no time.

LastRonin on February 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

VegasRick on February 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

My senior year, my parents bought me a shirt that said, ‘If you love someone set them free…If they come back they’re yours…if not-hunt them down and shoot them.’ I wore that shirt to school on many occasions.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

And we put up with this crap.

Cleombrotus on February 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Why in God’s good name do reasonable people still live in the Chicago city limits?

ctmom on February 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Here’s an idea. Make the school officials cops. They will have all gun violence cleaned up, no time.

LastRonin on February 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Or, considering the 80 year old man killed by cops thread, they’ll end up shooting all the kids…

dentarthurdent on February 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

What.

the.

ever.

loving.

f*ck.

is.

wrong.

with.

liberals?

God help us.

Midas on February 16, 2014 at 8:20 PM

They need to do a third “Escape From…” movie set in Chi(t)cago.

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 6:39 PM

A conservative-written script and direction are in order…

Midas on February 16, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Fred Funston Elementary School ???

That name CAN’T be real. Where can I get a T-shirt?

teacherman on February 16, 2014 at 8:41 PM

In 2nd Grade I won a super deluxe revolver-style cap gun with extra ammo for trouncing all in the spelling bee.

viking01 on February 16, 2014 at 8:42 PM

What an irony. From the most corrupt city in America.

RdLake on February 16, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Ya can’t fix STUPID! Maybe it’s time we started tattooing “STUPID” on the forehead of people who behave (or vote) in such a manner.

At the very least we’d be forewarned!

GarandFan on February 16, 2014 at 8:44 PM

How much you want to bet the Obamaesque “principal” pronounces elementary…Ell-Uh-men-TAIR-eeeee?

viking01 on February 16, 2014 at 8:47 PM

What.

the.

ever.

loving.

f*ck.

is.

wrong.

with.

liberals?

God help us.

Midas on February 16, 2014 at 8:20 PM

This.

Sleep well Chicago. You earned it.

Yakko77 on February 16, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Well, given the story three thread below this one, I guess this kid is lucky he wasn’t machinegunned by the school cop….

Oops….. Missed this with my first scan.

dentarthurdent on February 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Well, I might as well post it anyway.
Bears repeating

LegendHasIt on February 16, 2014 at 8:55 PM

It also used to be the kids could bring Swiss Army knives and other pocketknives to school. It was considered normal. Kids would whip out their knives to cut a piece of string or a stick or something.

As I remember, my high school (1973-77) had a student handout sheet of rules. We could only in procession of folding knifes with blades of 4 inches or less. Also, smoking for students was only allowed within 100 feet the light pole in the parking lot behind the gym.

Wallythedog on February 16, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Schools are spinning out of control…

OmahaConservative on February 16, 2014 at 6:34 PM

It’s all about control. Zero tolerance is one of the best weapons in the left’s arsenal. Give it a few years and the new voting age adults will fear guns or anything gun like and will willing push for an outright ban on firearms. Zero tolerance is brainwashing and it has worked very well over the last few decades. See smoking and gays as examples.

Lucy43 on February 16, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Anyone else disturbed by the idea of 5-12 year olds being patted down? This whole story is crazy.

hopeful on February 16, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Bravo Fredrick Funston Elementary School. Bravo!

If Columbine High School, Virgina Tech, and Sandy Hook Elementary didn’t allow their students to walk around with automatic machine guns there would be hundreds of children still with us.

This might seem a little overboard, but a government’s most vital responsibilty is to protect lives. …and those who are the most vulnerable deserve the highest level of protection. In a sane country, we can not have citizens simply choosing which children get to live and which must die.

Frank Lib on February 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Two questions:
Who wrote this for you?
and
How much did you get paid to press “send”?

DaveDief on February 16, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Some of you guys still haven’t figured out the pattern?

First we had Honest Liberal pulling our legs.
Now we have Frank Lib

What will be the next one? Ernest Lib?

LegendHasIt on February 16, 2014 at 9:18 PM

If more and more parents would pull their kids out of schools when this happens as a protest, it would stop happening.

HiJack on February 16, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Why in God’s good name do reasonable people still live in the Chicago city limits?

ctmom on February 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Pizza.

HiJack on February 16, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Of course, if you are a GUN CONTROL ACTIVIST and you are busted carrying a REAL GUN into a school, then the lefties will defend you.

Overerall a bad decision but reasonable people dont think he should be charged with any crime. Seems like a decent guy whose just so focused on helping disadvantaged kids in his community that he probably forgot he had his gun with him.

verbaIuce on February 11, 2014 at 9:20 AM

SubmarineDoc on February 16, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Imagine an America in which a child feels the need to surrender a harmless toy to his overseers, out of fear of getting caught possessing said toy … Oh, wait a minute … WE don’t have to image …

Pork-Chop on February 16, 2014 at 9:30 PM

… WE don’t have to imagine

Pork-Chop on February 16, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Assault toy

WhatSlushfund on February 16, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Before the blue pill that is what the wife called me! Now, the ringing in my ears is so loud…….

HonestLib on February 16, 2014 at 10:17 PM

I’m a public school teacher in the South. Lots of things come to mind:

* It’s Chicago, a liberal, union-run school system. The inmates/patients run the asylum in unionized public schools.

* The tendency to dump on the public schools as monolithic, union-run, liberal indoctrination camps is uninformed. At my particular public school the majority of teachers are conservative Christians. There are some liberals, but even our liberals wouldn’t find much in common with blue-state liberals. Really.

* While stories like this are idiotic, and the use of the schools to push progressive brainwashing is a real problem ( i.e. transgendered elementary school kids? REALLY? Using my/your daughter’s…or son’s…locker room and bathroom? REALLY? insanity), there is another side to this. The schools have been pushed into zero-tolerance in part because society is full of entitled brat parents who will raise holy hell and/or sue the public schools at the slightest whiff of inconsistency in handling administrative actions, ironically while also demanding that their sweet little Janie/Johnny is a beautiful, well-behaved little angel who just made a mistake and needs a break this time!!! 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.

So, I have a suggestion for parents. Stop treating the public schools like a laundromat, dropping your kid off incorrigible, a behavioral and mental mess, and expecting the school to return the kid to you at the end of the day all neatly ‘pressed’ and well behaved. Be a parent. And remember, if you live in a union state, you can home school (legal in all 57…so says Obama, lol…states) or look for a charter or private school.

/mini-rant with some insider perspective, hopefully.

xNavigator on February 16, 2014 at 10:29 PM

…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.

And I bet their school hallways are filled with anti-bullying posters.

JellyToast on February 16, 2014 at 10:55 PM

I could be wrong but I think he was doing a tongue in cheek/snark type of post pointing out the absurdity of it.

dmacleo on February 16, 2014 at 7:33 PM

I thought it was hilarious snark.

That’s the basic absurdity of the hypothesis that gun laws will reduce criminal shootings. They’re criminals. They don’t obey laws. The schools didn’t allow people to have automatic weapons, the perps brought them there illegally. Gun laws will only have a beneficial effect on accidental shootings, no effect or an increase in criminal acts.

talkingpoints on February 16, 2014 at 11:12 PM

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