In response to the hysteria
over a recent incident at a local school where a
7-year-old bit his strawberry breakfast pastry into the shape of a
gun and got suspended for his trouble, Maryland state Sen. J.B.
Jennings has introduced a bill:
prohibiting a principal from suspending or expelling a student
who brings to school or possesses on school property a picture of a
gun, a computer image of a gun, a facsimile of a gun, or any other
object that resembles a gun but serves another purpose; ;
The bill, which is called the Reasonable School Discipline Act
of 2013, also prohibits
a principal from suspending or expelling a student who makes a
hand shape or gesture resembling a gun.
Of course, no self-respecting legislator can let a golden
opportunity for micromanagement like this one pass him by. So in
addition to quite reasonably noting that school administrators
should try to un-bunch their panties when it comes to gun-shaped
objects, the bill also specifies maximum penalties for quasi-gun
threats (by grade level!) and punishments for administrators who
violate the rules.
Which I’m sure won’t cause any unintended negative consequences
down the line.
No word on whether the school will
offer conseling to kids “troubled” by the legislative
(Check out Jacob Sullum’s related post—and inferior photoshopped
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