Maryland Lawmaker Republican Sen. J.B. Jennings Introduces Bill after Ludacris Pastry ‘Gun’ Suspension … The Reasonable School Discipline Act of 2013
Is it possible … finally some common sense legislation for school kids?
A Republican Maryland lawmaker, Sen. J.B. Jennings, has introduced a bill following the ridiculous suspension of a 7 year old boy who shaped a pastry into what a teacher had presumed to be a gun. Because we all know that guns made of pastry are lethal. The bill that would prohibit schools from suspending students for seemingly harmless childish acts, such as playing games with fingers pointed like guns or chewing food into the shape of a firearm. In other words the bill would prevent teachers and school administrators from acting like dumb asses.
A NOTE TO SCHOOL OFFICIALS … THIS IS A PASTRY.
THIS IS A GUN!
Sen. J. B. Jennings, R-7-Baltimore and Harford counties said that “We really need to reevaluate how kids are punished.” Hopefully, this will put some type of common sense and a dent in the “zero tolerance” discipline policies in Maryland public schools. The days of ruining a child’s life over ‘Hello Kitty’ bubble guns, pastry guns, playing “save the world” and playing with imaginary weapons of pointing your finger and thumb like a gun need to end and end now!
A Maryland lawmaker has introduced legislation after a 7-year-old boy in his district was suspended for shaping a pastry into what his teacher thought looked like a gun. The Star Democrat reports that Republican Sen. J.B. Jennings introduced a bill that would prohibit schools from suspending students for seemingly harmless childish acts, such as playing games with fingers pointed like guns or chewing food into the shape of a firearm. “These kids can’t comprehend what they are doing or the ramifications of their actions,” Jennings told the paper. “These suspensions are going on their permanent records and could have lasting effects on their educations.”
From the Star Democrat: Jennings put Senate Bill 1058 – The Reasonable School Discipline Act of 2013:
From kids getting kicked out of school for playing games with fingers pointed like guns on the Eastern Shore, to chewing their breakfast pastry into “gun-like” shapes in Baltimore, Jennings said the local trend is getting worse not better. “These kids can’t comprehend what they are doing or the ramifications of their actions,” he said. “These suspensions are going on their permanent records and could have lasting effects on their educations.” The bill, entitled “Education [-] The Reasonable School Discipline Act of 2013,” proposes what Jennings called in his press release clear, straightforward guidelines on what is and what is not acceptable when handling matters that amount to “children being children.” The bill describes appropriate discipline that must be adhered to during counseling students of all grade levels in any Maryland school that uses public funds, stated Jennings. The bill includes a counseling and disciplinary protocol for violations by school administrators. According to Jennings, another of the bill’s provisions makes it impossible for minor incidents, such as those in the recent news, from being entered into the students’ permanent academic record, unless it involves an upper-school student intent on repeatedly violating school policies with regards to firearms and/or violence.
How sad is it that we have reached a level of political correctness and stupidity that we would have to pass such a law?