“I think that’s negative. That’s not probably supposed to be. I think it’s not proper, it’s improper to have guns in school,” proclaimed Neptune Middle School parent Armando Vega when informed that eighth grade teacher Gema Evans had illustrated a history lesson with – gasp! – a prop rifle. Thankfully, not every parent staggered toward the fainting couch when they heard the news. As parent Maurice Dellafano pointed out, “It’s just a prop. No big deal. Can’t fire, so who’s it going to hurt?” So no biggie, right? Well . . .
Unfortunately for Ms. Evans, Neptune is part of the School District of Osceola (Florida). That’s the same school system that suspended 8-year-old Jordan Bennett for having the temerity to make a gun out of his fingers (he didn’t even say ‘bang’).
So no clemency for the social studies instructor. She’s been “reassigned” for her heinous firearms faux pas. As Sonny and Cher astutely observed, the beat goes on.