Maryland boy, age seven, suspended for making a gun from pastry

School officials suspended a seven-year-old boy before he could use a pretend gun made from pastry to harm others with blueberry filling. Photo: zero tolerance (Rick Townley)

DOTHAN, Ala., March 8, 2013 — There is a serious problem with our children. A rash of violence has broken out among children aged five to eight, and it involves Pop-Tarts, bubbles, and imaginary hand grenades. The future of our nation is in jeopardy, mothers and fathers are in a panic, and school officials are suspending children right and left trying to stop this outbreak of incredibly primitive behavior.

Last week a seven-year-old boy in Maryland chewed his Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun in the lunch room. School officials rightly suspended him before he could harm others with blueberry filling. Only weeks before, a five-year-old girl in Pennsylvania took her “Hello Kitty” bubble gun to school and was fortunately caught and suspended before other students could be senselessly pummeled with soap bubbles.

 A seven-year-old boy in Colorado was suspended after throwing a pretend hand grenade at an imaginary “evil box” on the school playground. Fortunately no others were injured by the pretend explosion. For the unenlightened, having a pretend hand grenade tossed at you can cause severe psychological scarring.

Those are just the latest behavioral threats to the new order; many more examples abound.

Even children who attempt to stop others from committing violent acts are part of the problem. A teenager in Florida disarmed another student who was brandishing  a handgun. Rather than wrestling the gun away, the teen could have simply advised the armed student that he was violating a gun-free zone. Perhaps the armed student just didn’t see the sign.

Zero tolerance is working and will one day be rightly recognized as a major contributing factor to the coming communal state.

How did zero tolerance come about? What kinds of horrific behavior in the 1950s and 1960s gave way to a new and improved way of doing things? Here is a sampling of how things happened then versus now – a comparison of 1963 versus 2013:

Scenario 1: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

  • 1963 – A crowd of kids watch as Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
  • 2013 – Police are called and they arrest Johnny and Mark. Both are charged with assault and both are expelled even though Johnny started it.

 Scenario 2: Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.

  • 1963 – Jeffrey is sent to the principal’s office and given a good paddling. He returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
  • 2013 – Jeffrey is tested for ADHD and put on Ritalin. The family gets extra money (SSI) from the government because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 3: Billy breaks a neighbor’s window and his dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

  • 1963 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normally, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.
  • 2013 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse, Billy is removed to foster care and ends up in a gang.

Scenario 4: Miguel fails high school English in his senior year.

  • 1963 – Miguel goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college, starts a successful telemarketing business and raises bi-lingual children who excel in school.
  • 2013 – Miguel’s cause is taken up by progressive liberals who claim teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. The ACLU files a lawsuits against the state school system and Miguel’s English teacher. Miguel is given his diploma anyway, but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he lacks English language skills.

Scenario 5: William takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a bed of red ants.

  • 1963 – Ants die.
  • 2013 – ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents, all siblings are removed from the home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny’s dad is placed on a terror watch list.

Scenario 6: Jason falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by a teacher, Mary, who hugs him to comfort him.

  • 1963 – In a short time, Jason feels better and resumes playing. His mom thanks Mary the next day.
  • 2013 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces thre years in state prison and is hounded by the national media.

A lot has changed in the last half century and hopefully even more things will continue change in the future. Until behavior modification drugs are made mandatory, until young minds are cleansed of impure thoughts, and until we attain a perfect communal state, our nation is in dire jeopardy of deteriorating into total anarchy.

In fact, if we are not careful, our American society could end up being just as violent and turbulent as it was in 1776.

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Rick Townley was a bookseller before switching to electronic publishing with The New York Times, Reuters, Grolier and others. He is the author of a humor book, For Boomers Only – Exploring Life in the New Millennium, a supernatural novel, Stepping Out of Time, and numerous short stories. In addition to contributing to the Washington Times Communities, Rick is working on a fiction series called Stigma and resides in southern Alabama with his 7-year-old granddaughter, Chloe.


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