The more I read and listen to John Stossel, the more libertarian I become. This column is a PERFECT example – in fact, it’s got a few perfect examples – of why the direction this Nation takes just makes me want to lean out my window and yell “GIVE ME A BREAK!”
Here’s one Perfect Example – and I bet you can find more in your local newspaper:
Four kindergartners — yes, 5-year-old boys — played cops and robbers at Wilson Elementary in New Jersey. One yelled: “Boom! I have a bazooka, and I want to shoot you.” He did not, of course, have a bazooka. Nevertheless, all four boys were suspended from school for three days for “making threats,” a violation of their school district’s zero-tolerance policy. School Principal Georgia Baumann said, “We cannot take any of these statements in a light manner.” District Superintendent William Bauer said: “This is a no-tolerance policy. We’re very firm on weapons and threats.”
What part of “imagination” do these bozos not understand? Do they understand at all that this is PLAY, and, as such, is PRETEND? These are the people running your child’s school. And your job.
They are also the Weasels who inhabit the cubicles and desks that you never see, making impossible little “zero tolerance” rules that impact you and yours every day of your life.