Thursday, August 23, 2007

Thank God For Bureaucrats

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - School officials suspended a 13-year-old boy for sketching what looked like a gun, saying the action posed a threat to his classmates.

The boy's parents said the drawing was a harmless doodle and school officials overreacted.

"The school made him feel like he committed a crime. They are doing more damage than good," said the boy's mother, Paula Mosteller.The drawing did not show blood, bullets, injuries or target any human, the parents said. And the East Valley Tribune reported that the boy said he didn't intend for the picture to be a threat.

Administrators of Payne Junior High in nearby Chandler suspended the boy on Monday for five days but later reduced it to three days.

The boy's father, Ben Mosteller, said that when he went to the school to discuss his son's punishment, school officials mentioned the seriousness of the issue and talked about the massacre at Colorado's Columbine High School, where two teenagers shot and killed 12 students, a teacher and themselves in 1999. Mosteller said he was offended by the reference.

Blogger Editorial: Yet another example of liberalism and political correctness run amuck. Automobiles kill more Americans every day than firearms. I wonder what this child's punishment would have been if he had sketched his favorite muscle car!! My God, imagine the horror!

Punishing this child for drawing a sketch of a perfectly LEGAL, inanimate object is simply idiotic! Liberal bureaucrats are turning the children of this nation into pathetic weaklings and mindless clones who cannot express themselves without fear of reprisal.



Anonymous said...

The reaction and improper response from the school system, has caused more damage to this boy's character... than his drawing would have ever caused to anyone who happened to glance at it.

Labeling a child as a criminal early in their years, actually makes that child feel like "what's the point".

Shame on the school system for not recognizing the boy's RIGHTS... to draw a harmless - non violent picture.. and have FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.

- Erin

Anonymous said...

When I was in Elementary school, one of my favorite things to draw was a WWII fighter plane with bombs attached to its wings and a firing machine gun, so cool! They would probably send me to reform school or into therapy today.
Sick Bastards.

Ohio Dad