Evidently not to be outdone on the stupidity scale by their colleagues in Staten Island, NY, school officials in Portland, Oregon (the buffer zone between California and Washington) suspended an 8-year-old student because he found a 4-inch plastic toy gun in his pocket, showed it to a friend, and was reported by another kid.
KPTV in Portland first reported this story and it has been picked up nationally by Fox News.
The school principal reportedly “followed protocol” and suspended the youngster “after she determined the toy gun was a simulated weapon.”
School officials said the principal followed protocol after she determined the toy gun was a simulated weapon. According to district policy, punishment can range from suspension to expulsion.
Stories like this provide all the explanation necessary to people who wonder what has happened to public education in this country, and why students cannot seem to read or write, spell or communicate as well as their parents or grandparents were required to do when they went to school. Instead of wasting valuable time on such obviously worthless endeavors as penmanship, vocabulary, sentence structure, pronunciation, math, history and English, the people responsible for turning out the next generation of scholars concentrate on demonizing tiny pieces of molded plastic, merely because in their hoplophobic view of the world, these small items are “simulated weapons.”
What a pity we no longer use dunce caps. They would have to be sized to fit adults.
Portland used to be part of the Pacific Northwest, that rugged land explored by Lewis and Clark; a rich frontier that didn’t suffer fools. Witness “progress” as the “progressives” define it: the fools have taken charge.
The boy’s father, Aron Anderson, has appeared in a news broadcast and was quoted by KPTV observing, “There’s got to be some common sense that says, ‘I see what it is and there’s no reason to sound the alarm’.”
The region administrator for the school sent Anderson a letter that said the district intends to uphold the principal’s decision.
This is the product of “zero tolerance,” which translates – as I have written previously – to zero intelligence. It is a policy that enables teachers and their bosses to avoid one of their greatest responsibilities: teaching common sense by exercising it.
Children learn by example. This week’s lesson in Portland: Hysteria 101.
…While Seattle case shows why parks gun ban won’t work
Meet Dondanova Dominique Lewis, 33, who just might be living proof about how ineffective a ban on guns in Seattle city parks might be, even if it were legal under state statute, which gun rights groups insist it is not in an on-going lawsuit.
Lewis is currently under federal investigation in connection with a shooting in Barrett Park in the Central District about four years ago. As detailed by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s on-line edition, Lewis is a model citizen now residing at the Monroe “correctional complex” (that’s a polite term for prison) for hit-and-run. He has a previous conviction for cocaine distribution, and his alleged misadventures with local law enforcement are, well, colorful.
Also suspected of striking a
Seattle police officer with a car, Dondanova Dominique Lewis, 33, avoided trial in a shooting at the Central District’s Barrett Park after the witnesses against him refused to testify.
According to the P-I, Lewis was approached by police at a gas station after driving erratically for several blocks after leaving a notorious, and now closed, local nightclub, the Club Chocolate City. When an officer approached his car, Lewis allegedly sped away, striking the cop in the arm. A subsequent chase ended with Lewis’ car wrapped around a tree and our suspect beating feet, but not very far. He was found hiding in some bushes.
Inside the car, police found an estimated $2,500 worth of cocaine and some marijuana.
Now, according to newly unsealed federal court documents, federal authorities have taken up the investigation.
Moving right along, Lewis was out two weeks later after posting bail, and a week after that, he allegedly showed up at the park, packing a 9mm, which prosecutors reportedly believe he used to ambush a guy who had once dated Lewis’ sister. The victim and witnesses allegedly identified Lewis as the shooter, but then refused to testify, apparently because they were threatened. Latoya Lewis, the sister, was later convicted of harassment, the P-I explained, after “an associate of both” Dondanova and Latoya “contacted the shooting victim’s girlfriend the day after the shooting to say there ‘was a bullet’ for her as well.”
Next chapter: Lewis is out of jail. He is involved in another hit-and-run involving a pickup truck. The other driver tried to chase Lewis down, but gave up when his fleeing car nearly creamed two children on a street corner, the story explained. He subsequently crashed into a second car, injuring the driver, and he ran again but was collared a short distance away. He goes back to the slammer.
Authorities claim Lewis came to meet with the community corrections officer in a car carrying 1.6 ounces of crack cocaine and a loaded .38-caliber pistol.
Had enough? Well, there’s more, according to the P-I. Lewis got out of jail on that beef and when he showed up for a meeting with a corrections officer stemming from his 1999 conviction, he allegedly had a loaded handgun and some crack cocaine in his car.
Seattle city officials think guys like Lewis represent legally armed citizens. But not letting good guys into the parks will not keep people like Lewis out.
It makes as much sense as suspending 8-year-old children from school for having 4-inch plastic toy guns in their pockets.
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