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Published:June 18th, 2010 12:59 EST
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8-Year Old Student Banned From Wearing Patriotic Hat To School

By Robert Paul Reyes


"A Rhode Island family said their 8-year-old son was barred from wearing his patriotic hat to school because the toy army men on top were holding guns.

toy soldiersThe Morales family, of Coventry, R.I., said 8-year-old David created a camouflage hat with plastic army men on top as a school project to honor U.S. service members, but officials at Tiogue School told him the hat violated a zero tolerance policy against drugs and weapons, WPRI-TV, Providence, R.I., reported Thursday." UPI

David should have been recognized and commended for his creativity, instead of being humiliated and ostracized.

What better way for a young boy to express his patriotism than by honoring our warriors who risk injury and death to preserve our freedom?

Of course our military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan are invaders and occupiers, and they are protecting the interests of Halliburton and not defending our liberty.

But an 8-year-old boy isn`t sophisticated enough to understand the intricacies of American foreign policy, and with his limited understanding David exhibited his pride in our armed forces.

Unless David had a home-made bomb stuffed with toy soldiers as shrapnel, no one in his right mind would consider the tiny playthings a weapon.

Just one more example of how zero-tolerance rules are taken to an extreme.

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