It used to be called "Cops and Robbers" or "Cowboys and Indians" when kids would point their fingers at each other and say, "pow." However, in today's climate of school shootings, violence by bullying and other forms mixed with the political correctness liberalism has taught us, some school officials may suspend your kids for that simple hand gesture.
In the case of 2 6-year-old boys from a Talbot County Maryland school, they were suspended for playing cops and robbers on the playground and using their fingers imaginary guns. It seems like bureaucrats always want to be the do-gooder and take meaningless action just so they can then trumpet that fact that they "did something."
This kind of political gamesmanship is the same nonsense we see in current gun control efforts by Andrew Coumo, President Obama and other gun control nuts to ban so-called assault weapons and restrict the size of ammo magazines. They are grandstanding and trying to make a name for themselves and unfortunately they never look at the real issue. We can have violent video games where participants "blow people away" and the same violent movies produced by Hollywood elites, violent and degrading music filling iTunes and the radio, and we can have David Gregory of Meet The Press brazenly ignore Washington DC law and display a 30 round ammo clip on TV, but don't let your kids point their fingers at each other heaven forbid, that would be over the line.
Maybe we should investigate or suspend President Obama for the same gesture in the picture at the top of this post.
Read more on this story of pure insanity from Baltimore.CBSLocal.com below:
Is it childâ€™s play or a serious threat of gun violence? For the second time in less than a month, a Maryland child is kicked out of school for using his finger in the shape of a gun.
No one is debating the importance of keeping children safe. The question being asked is whatâ€™s childâ€™s play and whatâ€™s not?
Controversy at a Talbot County school after two six-year-old boys were suspended while playing cops and robbers during recess and using their fingers to make an imaginary gun.
â€œItâ€™s ridiculous,â€ said parent Julia Merchant
This is the second time a Maryland child has been suspended for such play. Earlier this month, six-year-old Rodney Lynch was suspended from his Montgomery County school after pretending to fire an imaginary gun more than once.
â€œJust pointing your fingers like this and then she did the pow sound and I just went like that and then I got sent to the office again,â€ Lynch said.
The school reversed its decision after Rodneyâ€™s parents appealed.
â€œTheyâ€™re saying he threatened a student, threatened to shoot a student. He was playing,â€ said Rodneyâ€™s father, Rodney Lynch, Sr.
â€œI do not believe maliciousness was involved here,â€ said child psychologist Dr. Joe Kaine.
Dr. Kaine says most six-year-oldsâ€™ minds arenâ€™t developed enough to understand why their idea of fun play might make adults upset.
â€œI can certainly appreciate that at school, thatâ€™s not a type of play that they are going to endorse and I certainly support that, but thatâ€™s where we educate the time and place for doing things,â€ Kaine said.
A number of parents agree.
â€œSuspending them is a bit harsh and I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s gonna do any good for the parent, child or school,â€ said Janet Geotzky.