Zero Tolerance Follies: 8 Year Old Suspended For Using Hand As Gun During Game

by William Teach | October 2, 2013 9:19 am

I always loved listening to Robert D. Raiford on the Southern radio show “The John Boy And Billy Big Show[1]“. He has a line about America being “The United States Of The Offended[2]“. How about The United States Of The Hysterical?

(Fox News[3]) An 8-year-old Florida boy was suspended from school after using his finger as a pretend gun while playing cops and robbers with his friends.

Jordan Bennett was suspended for a day after administrators at Harmony Community School in Harmony, Fla., said the gesture was an act of violence, reported.

His mother, Bonnie, told the station she’s concerned that her son may labeled violent with a suspension now on his academic record.

“He had nothing in his hand. It was a finger gun, a pretend gun,” Bonnie Bennett said. “He didn’t threaten violence. He didn’t utter words that were inappropriate. He made a sound and used his fingers and that was it.”

How else is one to play cops and robbers? I suppose the boys could have played cowboys and indians….oh, wait, raaaaacist. GIs and jihadists? Na, that would be Islamaphobic. The only thing left is for the boys to play with imaginary dolls.

Gotta love it: “an act of violence”. With a finger. These people are nuts. Fortunately[4], the school board for Osceola County thought the suspension was idiotic, though they can’t really discuss the case, and lots of people showed up to the school board meeting Tuesday night in support of Jordan.

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