School officials at Schall Elementary rushed to remove HunterFountain’s plastic soldiers, designed to spice up his birthdaycupcakes, for fear they were asking for a fight.The boy’s parents were reportedly chastized for the cakes’‘military’ nature; the school principal called Hunter’s mother athome. Principal Susan Wright later issued a public statement sayingthat in the climate of recent events in schools “we walk adelicate balance in teaching non-violence in our buildings andtrying to ensure a safe, peaceful atmosphere.”“On one hand, there are those who advocate arming teachers,having armed security guards and creating a fortress of defense inour schools. On the other hand, there are those who feel that gunscreate fear in schools and we need to put solid security measuresin place plus practice routines to be prepared in case anemergency should ever occur. Living in a democratic society entailsrespect for opposing opinions,” Wright wrote.She added that “by not permitting toy soldiers on cupcakes atschool, no disrespect for our military or for the brave men andwomen who defend our right to have differences wasintended.”“It disgusted me,” Casey Fountain, Hunter’s father, told FoxNews. “It’s vile they lump true American heroes withpsychopathic killers. We’re just taking political correctness toofar.”A number of incidents have occurred since the notorious Newtownmassacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, when 26people were dead, 20 of whom children.In February, a seven-year-old Colorado boy was suspended forpretending to throw an imaginary grenade. According to Alex Evans,he was just trying to save the world from evil on the schoolplayground.In January, a five-year-old girl was suspended from a Pennsylvaniakindergarten after telling another girl that she was going to shoother. The weapon she was going to use was a pink toy gun that blowssoapy bubbles.Earlier this year, a six-year-old elementary school kid gotsuspended for forming a gun with his hands, pointing it at astudent and saying ‘pow’. Staff at Roscoe Nix Elementary School inSilver Spring called the action a ‘seriousincident’.
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