School Daze: This Has to Stop

School Daze: This Has to Stop

A red apple on a notebook.Stories about repressive, busybody school administrators punishing innocent kids for putative offenses like nibbling a Pop Tart into the shape of a pistol have almost descended to the dog-bites-man level of news value, but the educrats keep finding ways to take it up a notch, so we are obliged to return to the topic.

Chanute, Kans., is a remote burg of 9,000 souls located between Topeka, Kans., and Joplin, Mo. It's not Compton, Calif., or South Side Chicago. So you would think that an empty cartridge case falling out of a kid's pocket would elicit no more than curiosity about the headstamp in any right-thinking school administrator. You might think that, but you'd be wrong.

Nine-year-old Camron Carlson found himself in the principal's office, where he was threatened with up to 186 (!) days of suspension for having an empty case on school grounds. That was apparently marked down to a week, but Carlson's relatives remained unhappy about the incident.

"My son is being discouraged and looked down upon for being a boy," Deana Carlson said. The lad's grandmother, Mary Sue Carlson, found the same political motive in the punishment that a lot of SGN readers would suspect.


"Our family does a lot of deer hunting," she said. "This is hunting country. This child has been led to believe that that's not okay."


We are often derided for finding nefarious anti-gun commie plots under every rock, but between the Pop Tart incident, suspensions issued for students wearing NRA T-shirts and now this, it's hard not to start connecting dots. What's going on in this country has overshot school safety and landed squarely in the realm of viewpoint suppression.


A Texas legislator introduced a bill to forbid school administrators from punishing kids for being kids. At the time, that looked like well-intentioned micromanagement of the education system. Now, I'm not so sure. If the educrats have decided to fight us, it's time for us to start fighting back. Getting a few of our own elected to the Chanute, Kans. school board would be a great start.

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