As each day passes, the lengths to which school districts will go to prevent gun violence has been taken to new levels of maladministration. For example, last Friday an Anne Arundel County, Maryland, student was suspended for “chewing his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun and saying, “bang, bang”— an offense that the school described as a threat to other students, according to his family,” according to the Washington Post.
“The boy’s two-day suspension Friday comes at a time of heightened sensitivity about security issues and guns— even pretend guns — in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 children and six school staff members dead,” writes Donna St. George for the Washington Post. “In the 11 weeks since the massacre, at least two young children in the Washington region have been suspended for pointing their fingers like guns, and a 10-year-old in Alexandria was arrested by police for showing a toy gun to others on his school bus.”
“In Pennsylvania, a 5-year-old was suspended for talking about shooting her Hello Kitty bubble gun.”
Yet in the case of real gun violence, a school district may still punish those who stand up and defend their fellow students. According to The Blaze, a student with a loaded gun threatened his teammate and is now facing aggravated assault charges. When he pointed the gun and threatened to kill the teammate three other students on the bus “tackled the suspect and wrestled the gun away. The next day, all three were suspended.”