We have all heard stories like the girl getting in trouble over her Hello Kitty Bubble Gun at school, or the deaf kid who’s name is a gun sign in sign language so the school kicked him out. Those stories are a bit over the top, and I think the administrators of those schools are complete idiots. However, with all of the violence at schools lately, I do back a lot of decisions that they make regarding the safety of our children. My nephew, who is 7, was overheard talking about his toy knives he likes to play with at home. Nothing violent, just normal first grader talk about toys he likes. The teacher sent him to the office, he had a lengthy conversation with the guidance councilor, and a phone call was sent home informing his parent that talk of knives, toy or otherwise, was not permitted at school. He was reminded at home not to talk about such things, and hasn’t since it happened a few months ago.
Friday the school set up a basketball tournament. The little cheerleaders, my niece included, all came out and did some song and dance numbers. During one routine, the little girls made their fingers in the shape of a gun, pointed their fingers at the audience and went “Bang Bang!” I am failing to see where this is ok to do at a school function, when my nephew got in trouble for talking about his toys he plays with at home?
The school was also selling balloon shape animals. One of the selections available for purchase ($3, which should be a crime charging that much for one of these) was a toy sword.
The little boys all bought the sword shapes and ran around pretending to stab each other. Again, I am failing to see where this is ok, but the toy knife talk was not?
Like I said, I am all for the policies in place to keep our children safe. I am ok with the fact that my nephew got in trouble for talking about knives. What I am not ok with is the mixed messages they are sending to the kids. If the school is making money off it, then it’s ok? If not, it’s against school policy? Is it too much to ask for a universal policy to be spread equally across the board that students and staff have to adhere to?
My husband thinks I should call the school and question this. I’m not big on making waves, but this hasn’t set well with me all week. What would you do?