Why are schools severely punishing 5 & 6 yr. olds for non-violent offenses?

Here is the question: Why are children being severely punished for playing with, drawing pictures of, or even imagining toys that bear any resemblance to a firearm even if it is a toy water gun or bubble gun? There is a reason for this action and I would like for Americans to think about the reason our government schools are waging this campaign. There is a poll at the end of the post.

A sampling of what is going on in our government schools is listed below. These are the incidents that made the news or that I took the time to locate. Who knows how many children have been victimized.

  • In Pennsylvania a child is suspended after she allegedly said she would shoot her classmate, and then herself, with her pink “Hello Kitty” bubble gun, according to multiple local reports.

It seems to me, we need to understand why this is happening and what impact it is going to have on children and society in general. What do you think?


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I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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5 Responses to Why are schools severely punishing 5 & 6 yr. olds for non-violent offenses?

  1. Honestly, some of those punishments may have been a bit extreme, but we live in different times. The kid should have been disciplined to correct his/her behavior. Suspension, ehhhhh a bit much. Perhaps a one on one conversation about why or how he can correct his behavior. I think the overall message that administrators are trying to get across is guns = not okay at school in real life or play/make believe. I think it’s a pretty important message to send to young people. Some things aren’t appropriate for school. I can admit the school probably overreacted, but it doesn’t mean they infringed on your 2nd amendment. Overreactions tend to happen when people shoot up a school and 20 folks die. I’m not sure why people are so taken aback by it.

    Good post and tough topic…


    • jlue says:

      Thanks for stopping by, and for your opinion.

      It is a tough topic, but I think the question should be:”Will this policy and this punishment actually prevent the number of school shootings, especially when we have violence depicted in video games, movies, and arcades or will it simply teach the segment of our society who would never do anything violent anyway that they should give up their 2nd amendment rights?”


      • Thank you for replying in such a respectful way. I’ve had a few exchanges on this that have turned sour quickly. I can’t tell you if the policy will prevent future things from happening. That being said, part of the job of a teacher is to correct behavior that may be inappropriate at school. Making toy guns and/or violent behavior, albeit playful, may seem harmless and at times it is. However, when you put it in context with the things that have gone in schools, that type of behavior escalates and interferes with the “safe” environment schools are supposed to have. Put bullying in the mix, and it’s a headache. Put the shoe on the other foot. If another adult came up to you, pointed their fingers and said bang, what would you do? You be taken aback, right? An adult is supposed to know better. Kids are still learning appropriate behavior…


      • jlue says:

        If an adult did that and wasn’t joking, I would be shocked, but I don’t think a law would have been broken so the adult would be guilty of rudeness, but not a criminal offense.

        I am a retired teacher and am keenly aware of how behavior problems can interfere with learning. Also, I do not want children to think that violence is acceptable. On the other hand, I do not want children to get the idea that it is wrong to draw a picture of a gun, because it isn’t. That is an arbitrary rule or idea and is debatable as to whether or not it promotes violence. My opinion is that the occasions above were great opportunities for teachers to teach kindergarteners and first graders about the importance of safety and caring for one another.

        Zero tolerance for a weapon is fine, but when none of them had a weapon, it seems they could be confused by being punished. Who knows what ideas they may take with them from the experience? If the schools have a clear policy that no representation of a weapon is allowed at school and if a child makes or brings such then the child will be suspended that would be logical. Perhaps it could be written in a handbook and parents could explain it to children in such a way that they understand they have actually broken a rule. I still think the punishment is much too severe, even then.


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