There have been a TON of articles in recent months about school administrators over-reacting to students doing anything remotely related to firearms. Make a “gun” with your fingers? Suspended. Bite your Pop Tart into the shape of a gun? Suspended. Think about guns? Suspended. I can relate, having been hauled into the school counselor’s office for expressing doubt about the functioning of a shotgun in a book we were reading for class and indicating that I knew better through personal experience (I was right, by the way). Rep. Steve Stockman from Texas is looking to put an end to the insanity by introducing a bill that would block federal funding for schools that enforce rules against imaginary guns . . .
From The Hill:
The Student Protection Act, H.R. 2625, is a reaction to what Stockman says is the zero tolerance policy at some schools that has led to several suspensions of very young children who engage in these activities, including cases where students pretended their thumb and index finger is a gun.
The bill finds that these school policies are being used to outlaw “harmless expressions of childhood play,” and are only teaching students to “be afraid of inanimate objects that are shaped like guns.”
Sounds rather “common sense” to me. So it’s probably doomed.