Video: Special-needs student suspended for drawing a cartoon bomb
posted at 2:41 pm on October 15, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
No, we’re not talking about a schematic of an operable device, or anything close to that. We’re talking about a drawing of a round black ball with a fuse sticking out of it — the kind of thing my generation used to see on Rocky and Bullwinkle, and which apparently turned us all into terrorists, or something. Rather than just consult with the parents of the autistic and non-violent student, the school suspended him pending a “manifestation hearing.” WTOC has the latest manifestation of zero-tolerance hysteria from Greenville, South Carolina (via Tracey):
Amy Parham said her son, Rhett, had made the hand-drawn picture of the bomb during the weekend at home. Parham said her son is a fan of the video game Bomber Man and drew the cartoon-ish like explosive.
Parham said her son took the picture to Hillcrest Middle School, and that’s where problems arose.
Parham said she was told that her son showed the picture to some older children, who reported him to school administration. She said her son was suspended indefinitely by the school.
“They actually reiterated to me they knew he was non-violent,” said Parham. “They knew he was not actually having a bomb, creating or making a bomb. But that they could not go with out making an example of him and take some type of action because they were worried about their perception. Perception is actually the word he used. Perception is reality, and parents might think you have a bomb or [might be] violent.”
The perception is that the adults in the school’s administration can’t exercise their own common-sense judgment without a “manifestation hearing” to determine whether a drawing of a cartoon bomb makes everyone unsafe. I’d call that a manifestation of incompetence.