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08-22-07, 06:11 PM #1
School Suspends Boy For Sketching Gun
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 08.22.2007
MESA - Chandler school officials have suspended a 13-year-old boy for sketching a picture that resembled a gun, saying it posed a threat to classmates.
But parents of the Payne Junior High School student said the drawing was a harmless doodle of a fake laser, and school officials overreacted.
"I just can't believe that there wasn't another way to resolve this," said Paula Mosteller, the boy's mother. "He's so upset. The school made him feel like he committed a crime. They are doing more damage than good."
The Mostellers said the drawing did not show blood, bullets, injuries, or target any human. They said it was just a drawing that resembled a gun.
But Payne Junior High administrators thought the sketch was enough of a threat and gave the boy a five-day suspension, later reduced to three days.
Chandler district spokesman Terry Locke said the sketch was "absolutely considered a threat," and threatening words or pictures are punishable.
08-22-07, 08:25 PM #2
Show me the sketch. Then I'll comment.
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08-22-07, 11:17 PM #5
That's ridiculous. Hell, if it didn't have a trigger I wouldn't even think gun off the bat.
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08-22-07, 11:38 PM #6
More and more smart parents are resorting to homeschooling just to get away from this very crap.
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08-22-07, 11:46 PM #7
I have a friend in Tucson who pulled her Grandson out to homeschool. They have an academy that is free, gives you a computer, covers internet access, and all your teaching materials.Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.
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08-23-07, 12:18 AM #8
That is absolutely insane, that's like the school district a couple of years ago that suspended a kid for having a butter knife in his lunch box.JamesDept of the Army Civilian Police"Loyalty above all else, except Honor"Never forget those who fell on 9/11/01S&W beats 4 Aces every time
08-23-07, 03:35 AM #9
Maybe the school officials have never seen a gun before so they thought the drawing was the real thing?
08-23-07, 03:50 AM #10
Rotate that pic 90 degrees counter clockwise and you have a building with a porch.*************************"It wouldn't take much for me to up and run...to another life somewhere in the sun."*************************"There's something inherently wrong with having to put on a bullet-proof vest and a gun to go to work."-(An old friend)
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08-23-07, 12:24 PM #11
I thought it looked like a bus.
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08-23-07, 12:32 PM #12
Are there even guns that look like that, with windows all over?
I think it's silly to suspend the student, but the sketch does make me wonder if they need to make him take some remedial art classes.
08-23-07, 05:28 PM #13
This is why I hate people......I'd like to get all the people that are responsible for this idiotic decision and slap the crap out of em
08-25-07, 10:11 AM #14
And to think that these idiots are helping teach our children..... what a sad day......http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm...ndid=197722498
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08-25-07, 11:56 AM #15Rookie
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It is kind of strange that they would not let the father make a copy of the picture to show his wife. I like my decision to home school my daughter more and more every day. I remember something from a few years back where one student kissed another, 3rd or 4th grade I think and they either tried to or did charge him with sexual assualt.
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Being a teacher I realize the responsibility that we teachers have for our students. I try to be fair and unbiased. I try to treat my children (when I teach children which is not often) like adults and I ask them to behave like adults. I think the majority of my kids have shown a much more grown up attitude than the administrators of this school did. As I've said before, and the advice I give parents also, home study is where it's at nowadays.
08-25-07, 01:53 PM #17
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