In a place where schools have a “zero tolerance” policy regarding guns in every shape and form, there seems to also be a zero tolerance policy regarding common sense as well.
Chicago has taken a strong stand against gun ownership under the guise of going after gun violence. But the Windy City has now gone after an elementary student for trying to follow the rules that have only attempted to demonize gun owners.
The children at Fredrick Funston Elementary School are searched every morning before they can go to their classes. But when one boy in line realized that he had a plastic toy gun in his pocket he tried to notify a security guard. Rather than acting with common sense the school rewarded the boy’s honesty with a suspension.
CHICAGO, Il.— Criticizing Chicago school officials for being overzealous, misguided and incapable of distinguishing between an impotent toy and a dangerous weapon, The Rutherford Institute has come to the defense of an 11-year-old boy who was suspended from school after he voluntarily turned in a non-firing plastic toy gun that had been forgotten in his jacket pocket. Caden Cook, a sixth grader at Fredrick Funston Elementary School, was suspended for allegedly violating the school’s weapons policy against dangerous objects, in addition to being ordered to undergo counseling, and subjected to intimidation tactics, interrogation, and dire threats by school officials—all without his mother being present. Rutherford Institute attorneys have asked that the suspension be rescinded and all references to the incident be removed from Caden’s permanent school record…
Frederick Funston Elementary School introduced a random “pat down” to its security and screening procedures at the beginning of this school year. All students are physically separated from their bags and randomly chosen for a manual “pat down” before going through the metal detectors. Students’ bags are also separately searched at random. On Friday, January 31, 2014, sixth grader Caden Cook was waiting in the school line to be patted down when he realized that he had mistakenly left in his sweater pocket a toy plastic gun which he had played with the previous night while he was out with friends and family. Realizing his error and that the toy was a prohibited item on school grounds, Caden alerted the security personnel to his predicament, explaining that he had accidentally brought the plastic toy to school and relinquishing the toy to school security personnel. Instead of recognizing that Caden was attempting to do the right thing and acknowledging the mistake, school officials allegedly subjected the 11-year-old to intimidation tactics, interrogation, accusations of lying, and threats.
So I wonder if all the other children in the school feel safer now that this boy was punished for trying to turn in a plastic toy gun. This story is just another example of how gun control has gone after all the wrong people. Chicago’s streets are full of gang violence and criminals that scoff at the gun laws that law abiding citizens have forced upon them, while school children are brain washed into thinking that plastic toy guns are the problem.
Gun control activists have gone after the children so much lately because they are attempting to make all guns, even fake ones or gun-shaped pastries, a symbol of what’s wrong with the world. Rather than going after the PEOPLE perpetrating gun violence it’s just easier for anti-gun politicians to attack gun ownership as part of their agenda.
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