February 5th, 2010 11:07 EST
2-Inch Toy Gun In School Spells Trouble For NYC Boy
"An irate Staten Island mom blasted a grade school principal Wednesday for treating her son like a pint-sized Plaxico Burress after he brought a 2-inch-long toy gun to school.
"This principal is a bully and a coward, and needs to be held accountable," said Laura Timoney, 44, after her teary fourth-grader was nearly suspended for playing with the tiny toy at lunch." Read more
It was lunch time and little Patrick, 9, placed his 2-inch plastic gun in the hand of a plastic police officer. All of a sudden Patrick is yanked into the principal`s office to give an account for his thuggish behavior. Everybody knows that if a fourth-grader plays with a 2-inch plastic gun, that he will be toting a sawed-off shotgun when he`s in high school.
The principal acted like Barney Fife on crack, and he should be ashamed of himself. Patrick may need counseling to get over his frightening ordeal. I`ve heard of students suspended for brandishing a plastic butter knife, but this principal takes "zero tolerance" to a whole new level.
A 2-inch plastic gun can be lethal, if the little kid puts it in his mouth and chokes on it. But it`s not a danger to anyone else, and it doesn`t demonstrate any criminal tendencies on the part of the little tyke.
"After a meeting between the principal and the parents, the boy was spared any disciplinary action. City school officials said Patrick agreed to leave the `gun` at home." NYDailyNews.CoThe mother should sue the school district, this zero tolerance tomfoolery will only end when parents take action against schools who throw commonsense out the window.
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