By now you’ve probably heard about the the seven-year-old
Maryland boy who was
suspended for chewing a breakfast pastry into the shape of a
gun. What you might not have heard about is the school’s
conscientious ;effort to ensure that no kids were traumatized
by a glimpse at the weaponized Pop-Tart.
From a letter
sent home to parents:
During breakfast this morning, one of our students used
food to make inappropriate gestures that disrupted the class. While
no physical threats were made and no one was harmed, the student
had to be removed from the classroom….
If your children express that they are troubled by today’s
incident, please talk with them and help them share their feelings.
Our school counselor is available to meet with any students who
have the need to do so next week.
To be fair, the phrasing leaves open the possibility that the
students would be “troubled” not by the imaginary gun but by the
suspension, and by the ensuing realization that they’re powerless
pawns in a vast, incomprehensible game run by madmen.
Lowering the Bar.]