Student Sent Home for Wearing Toy Soldiers on Hat

These “educators” get more asinine all the time.
Via AZ Central

PROVIDENCE, R.I. Christan Morales says her son just wanted to honor American troops when he wore a hat to school decorated with an American flag and small plastic Army figures.
But the hat ran afoul of the district’s no-weapons policy because the toy soldiers were carrying tiny weapons.

“His teacher called and said it wasn’t appropriate because it had guns,” Morales said.

Morales’ 8-year-old son, David, was assigned to make a hat for the day when his second-grade class would met their pen pals from another school. She and her son came up with an idea to add patriotic decorations to a camouflage hat.

Earlier this week, the Tiogue School in Coventry sent the cap home with David at the end of the day after concluding it violated a zero-tolerance policy for weapons.

The principal told the family that the hat would be fine if David replaced the Army men holding weapons with ones that didn’t have any, according to Superintendent Kenneth R. Di Pietro.

……Morales said her son was inspired to honor the military after striking up a friendship last summer with a neighbor in the Army.

Banning the hat “sent the wrong message to the kids, because it wasn’t in any way to cause any harm to anyone,” she said. “You’re talking about Army men. This wasn’t about guns.”

This is David and his hat:

An image taken from video provided by WPRI shows David Morales wearing a cap he created to honor American troops.

I would like to see Di Pietro explain how “armed” toy  Soldiers on a hat compare with Columbine, Virgina Tech, or Paducah. Gee, if only banning eeeeevil toy guns, pictures of guns, or any thoughts about guns, could prevent some gangsta thug or some wacked out, angst-filled teenaged moron from shooting up their school.  Di Pietro and other superintendents around the country, have absolutely no capacity for sound judgment.  “Zero tolerance” includes everything from nail files to aspirin. Any student who intends to harm or kill is not going to worry about “zero tolerance”. Showing patriotism, as in the case of the Oak High School students in California who got kicked out for wearing American flag T-shirts, is another fine example of what isn’t “tolerated”. If they carried Mexican flags and wore Che T-shirts and bandoleers, they would have been praised for showing “diversity”. People like Di Pietro need to be beaten with a big, fat cluebat.

Related post:
https://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/students-sent-home-for-wearing-american-flag-t-shirts/

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