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(SI Live)   Fourth grader nearly suspended for two-inch Lego gun. At least they somehow avoided calling in the SWAT team   (silive.com) divider line 122
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2010-02-04 03:02:02 PM  
I love how the kid is from New Derp.

FTFA: "When are we going to take responsibility for common sense and logic?" Ms. Timoney said.

In 1975. Oh wait, that time has long since passed. Sorry.
 
2010-02-04 03:45:53 PM  
I can't believe the principal considered this suspension worthy. I always wondered when enough of the older principals and administrators would retire from the NYC school system and the zero tolerance idiots would start taking over. Its not like the kid even brought in a water gun, it was an accessory to a toy -- a toy policeman at that.

Yes, the child broke a rule but a simple confiscation of the toy, with a sentence or two to the child reminding him of school rules, followed by a call or note home should have sufficed. Maybe bring the kid to the principal's office for the rest of lunch if you want to be a real hardass. And it would have sufficed 20-30 years ago. But today, like the federal judges forced to give out minimal sentence for certain crimes without taking into considerations the facts of the crime, zero tolerance laws have been created to prevent the retarded those in power from using their brain to think first.

Its stories like this reminds me why we left NYC. That the principal actually considered suspension, and had to call an administrator speaks volumes as to her lack of competence. I would not want someone so mentally challenged to be in charge of my child's education.
 
Lyd
2010-02-04 04:05:01 PM  
I always check my child's backpack for weap-ons be-fore he goes to school.

/I RTFA
 
2010-02-04 04:08:49 PM  
"Toy guns are not allowed in schools," she said, adding that a conference was held among the principal, the parents and the student about the topic.

Well, one of the parents either was a lawyer, brought a lawyer or threatened to call a lawyer.
 
2010-02-04 04:31:13 PM  
Zero Tolerance or else you're SOFT ON CRIME!!!!
 
2010-02-04 04:43:46 PM  
Schrodinger's Petting Zoo: Zero Tolerance or else you're SOFT ON CRIME!!!! get sued.
 
2010-02-04 05:01:14 PM  
This is just teaching kids how to be little tyrants using badly thought-out rules and regulations.
 
2010-02-04 05:30:06 PM  
Zero tolerance: Why India and China are the next superpowers.
 
2010-02-04 05:40:15 PM  
I was talking to a friend over the weekend, and he lets his two little boys have toy guns. I asked him how that was working out.

He said that one son sleeps with a random stuffed animal every night. The other son sleeps with his toy shotgun and a pile of play money.

I told him I want a picture of the kid with the gun and money in bed ;)
 
2010-02-04 06:10:11 PM  
While the action figure was a standard LEGO policeman figure, the brand of the gun could not be determined.

Really?
 
2010-02-04 06:12:17 PM  
Panty Sniffer: While the action figure was a standard LEGO policeman figure, the brand of the gun could not be determined.

Really?


Was it a "Block 9MM?"
 
2010-02-04 06:12:40 PM  
Panty Sniffer: While the action figure was a standard LEGO policeman figure, the brand of the gun could not be determined.

Really?


I'd guess the brand of gun is LEGO.
 
2010-02-04 06:13:51 PM  
I think that's the best education a kid could get. It's not like the absurdity ends when you get older
 
2010-02-04 06:13:53 PM  
xanadian: I love how the kid is from New Derp.

FTFA: "When are we going to take responsibility for common sense and logic?" Ms. Timoney said.

imagemacros.files.wordpress.com

/oblig

 
2010-02-04 06:14:42 PM  
Panty Sniffer: While the action figure was a standard LEGO policeman figure, the brand of the gun could not be determined.

Really?


It was a T.O.Y. model.
 
2010-02-04 06:15:17 PM  
When I was a kid, I had this:

i68.photobucket.com

I supposed I would get sent to prison for that now.
 
2010-02-04 06:15:38 PM  
Schrodinger's Petting Zoo: Zero Tolerance or else you're SOFT ON CRIME!!!!

Don't forget Commie Pinko terrorist homo.

/It's the teacher who deserves the suspension. What an idiot.
 
2010-02-04 06:15:48 PM  
Lyd: I always check my child's backpack for weap-ons be-fore he goes to school.

/I RTFA


I'm not sure which annoyed me more.

The contents of the story, or that the editors don't know how internet browsers work.
 
2010-02-04 06:17:03 PM  
Compare this to the Spartanburg,SC 4th grader that brought a syringe to school today and jabbed several kids. They say there was no malicious intent, so possibly no corrective action.... WTF????
 
2010-02-04 06:19:07 PM  
Yea...

Only in America can you overreact with total disregard for common sence.
 
2010-02-04 06:19:12 PM  
I do think there is enough violence in the world that we don't need to reinforce it. But I played with guns when I was kid (shot real ones too) and I turned out ok.

Since my kids make guns out of anything they have on hand (spoons, rocks, whatever) I finally said, what the hell, and bought them cap guns.

They're too overloaded with homework to have time for them anyway...
 
2010-02-04 06:19:26 PM  
eddyatwork: Zero tolerance: Why India and China are the next superpowers.

We simultaneously empower children and have them dominate our purchasing, advertising, and culture, as we forbid them the most commmon sense mistakes. I fear for what will come of kids who expect to get whatever they want whenever they want while at the same time getting in trouble for things that don't even make sense. The psychological outcome of our knee-jerk society should be interesting...and terrifying.
 
2010-02-04 06:20:02 PM  
Begoggle: When I was a kid, I had this:



I supposed I would get sent to prison for that now.


Awesome, I had one of those, and even brought it to school a few times. This was back when school administratos were still sane. An adult saw me with it in the hallway at one point and his only comment was, "Hey neat, is that a Luger?".
 
2010-02-04 06:20:53 PM  
Miithos: Yea...

Only in America can you overreact with total disregard for common sence.


There's this place you may have heard of that contradicts your statement, I believe they call it, "England".
 
2010-02-04 06:21:23 PM  
Begoggle: When I was a kid, I had this:



I supposed I would get sent to prison for that now.



And that was a cool, badass toy! All recess my friends and I would chase each other around pretending to shoot at one another. I guess we were all dangerous criminals in the making and should have been locked away.

I guess it's better for kids to be fat, complacent, and spoiled than energetic, imaginative, and having fun.
 
2010-02-04 06:23:16 PM  
The "no tolerance" policies of America's public schools increasingly look like "no common sense allowed" policies.
 
2010-02-04 06:23:46 PM  
I'm trying to find a picture of a LEGO policeman with a gun, but all I can find are LEGO policemen with radar guns. Maybe he stole it from a LEGO pirate?

i295.photobucket.com
 
2010-02-04 06:24:15 PM  
Begoggle: When I was a kid, I had this:



I supposed I would get sent to prison for that now.


Hahah, I just bought that 2 days ago (well, a recent re-release) and what makes it hilarious is that it's scaled DOWN to fit into a child's hands better than a real Walther P-38.
 
2010-02-04 06:25:46 PM  
This is the logical conclusion of gun control, though.

If people are allowed to keep and own gun-like objects, then it becomes impossible to enforce gun control, because how do you know when to send in the SWAT team to shoot-to-kill the family who owns the hunting rifle, and when do you send the SWAT team to shoot-to-kill the family whose kid has a toy gun? You don't know it is isn't a real gun until you have sent in the tactical team using extreme prejudice to take them down.

Sure, this was just a toy gun for an action figure, but realistically banning toy guns for action figures is going to be as effective at preventing gun violence as banning guns themselves. Arguing that one type of security theater is better than another form of security theater, because it is all fake in the end. It is like arguing that one ghost story is more plausible than another.
 
2010-02-04 06:26:35 PM  
I remember bringing a plastic model of a Luger to school once. Thing was fully functional up to chambering a plastic round, and looked VERY real.
I'm sure if I did half the crap today that I did back then I'd have spent my late teens in prison.
 
Ant
2010-02-04 06:27:18 PM  
FTFA: The principal called Ms. Timoney and said she considered the toy suspension-worthy, and that she was going to double-check with a security administrator from the city Department of Education.

The principal's weapons-grade stupidity is definitely suspension-worthy.
 
2010-02-04 06:28:49 PM  
hackedgadgets.com

No one should be surprised when he shows up one day and unloads one of these in the middle of a packed classroom.
 
Ant
2010-02-04 06:29:19 PM  
That does it.

When my kid starts school, I'm gonna send him with a minuscule Lego gun every day to see what happens.
 
2010-02-04 06:30:21 PM  
I have a tiny plastic AK-47 model that I found in the isle of an airplane. Now I'm sure to put it in my pocket whenever I travel, and it goes in the dish with my keys and spare change when I go through security.

I'm always looking for the x-ray operator to open his eyes a little wider when it goes through, but nobody's seemed to notice it yet.

/or maybe they get that all the time...
//"there's another tiny model of an assault weapon... it doesn't get any funnier the millionth time, assholes."
 
2010-02-04 06:30:27 PM  
But, if we all had common sense, there would be no need for rules/laws and authority figure! everybody would keep themselves in line.
At this rate i'm just going to end up moving to Canada of America's stupidity continues to ensue.
//Does anybody have a list of all these acronyms so i can stop having to goto www.acronym.com all the time?
 
2010-02-04 06:30:29 PM  
Principal Evelyn Matroianni,

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2010-02-04 06:31:58 PM  
Do we really want someone this stupid teaching your kids?
 
2010-02-04 06:32:55 PM  
He could be impersonating a child.
 
2010-02-04 06:33:03 PM  
bugmn99: No one should be surprised when he shows up one day and unloads one of these in the middle of a packed classroom.

I didn't know you could do those in LEGO! I built a K'nex one with a rotating chamber in middle school. Didn't get off a shot, though.

/promptly confiscated, sit in the corner, note home to parents, etc.
 
2010-02-04 06:33:07 PM  
I think the gun might be Playmobil. We don't have any playmo cop stuff (knights and pirates are the obsession with my kiddo) but it looks like the style.
 
2010-02-04 06:33:23 PM  
Psh you wanna see awesome?

Daisy BB Guns once put out an early laser tag set called Pursuit!

home.comcast.net

I still have mine; can you even imagine these being on the market now?
 
2010-02-04 06:34:31 PM  
Ant: That does it.

When my kid starts school, I'm gonna send him with a minuscule Lego gun every day to see what happens.


Be careful. By that time, it's possible that "violent crimes" (such as bringing a [LEGO] gun to school) will be considered severe enough to stay on your child's permanent criminal record.

On the other hand, that would probably be the most hilarious of all possible felonies to list on a job application: "Took a one-inch plastic LEGO gun accessory to first grade."
 
Ant
2010-02-04 06:35:57 PM  
damageddude: Yes, the child broke a rule but a simple confiscation of the toy, with a sentence or two to the child reminding him of school rules, followed by a call or note home should have sufficed.

I think even that would've been too much. I wouldn't even consider this a violation. The guns that go with Lego figures are tiny.
 
2010-02-04 06:36:08 PM  
Pray he doesn't come to school with underwear on and leasrn terrorism.
 
2010-02-04 06:37:06 PM  
Begoggle: When I was a kid, I had this:



I supposed I would get sent to prison for that now.


My dad got me that one as well. I worshipped my dad for months.
 
2010-02-04 06:37:12 PM  
paquerette: I think the gun might be Playmobil. We don't have any playmo cop stuff (knights and pirates are the obsession with my kiddo) but it looks like the style.

Ooh, did you find a picture somewhere?
 
2010-02-04 06:38:55 PM  
It's time to pass a Greater Common Sense Act to punish these imbeciles. They should be sent to the FAIL home for at least a year, shamed on television and via a website that they must be permanently registered on as Common Sense Offenders/Abusers of Authority, and their IDs need to be stamped with FAIL for a period of time following their release from the FAIL home, during which they are not allowed to vote, hold public office, or work in any position where they have authority over others.
 
2010-02-04 06:39:56 PM  
on her next shrink-session this should be asked of her ...

www.cartoonstock.com
 
2010-02-04 06:40:38 PM  
Unamused at restrictions on assembled guns

img.dailymail.co.uk

www.geek.com
 
2010-02-04 06:41:06 PM  
And let's not forget the other important lessons of a LEGO lifestyle:

1. Body parts are interchangeable/replaceable
2. Unless you make "Pew-pew" noises, the weapons don't work
 
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