Suburban legends are like urban legends, only a bit more country. Around New Jersey, the suburban legend is that there is a plaque on the Pennsylvania end of all the bridges that cross from NJ into PA. The plaques read “America starts here”. So I’m expecting a proper response from you Pennsyltuckians.
A 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl who told another girl she was going to shoot her with a pink Hello Kitty toy gun that blows soapy bubbles has been suspended from kindergarten.
Her family has hired an attorney to fight the punishment, which initially was 10 days for issuing a ‘terroristic threat.’ But her punishment was reduced to two days after her mother met with school officials and had the incident dropped to ‘threatening to harm another student,’ which apparently carries a lesser punishment.
“It’s laughable,” Robin Ficker, the girl’s attorney told FoxNews.com.
Ficker says Mount Carmel Area School District officials said the girl made the threat on Jan. 10 as she waited for a school bus with friends. A school official overheard the remark and searched the girl’s backpack and did not find the Hello Kitty gun, he said.
The next day, the girls involved were ‘interrogated’ by school officials, Ficker said. By the time the girl was done speaking to administrators about the incident, she was crying, he said. A teacher called out the girl in front of her class and told her police may get involved, he said.
Ficker called the girl “the least terroristic person in Pennsylvania.”
“What parent that you know would want their 5-year-old questioned about making terroristic threats without them in the room?” Ficker asked.
Last week the kindergartner was chatting in line while she was waiting for the bus. No one’s sure exactly what she said, but according to the family’s attorney, she told classmates something like, “I’m going to shoot you and I will shoot myself. She didn’t have the Hello Kitty Bubble Gun with her at the time, but when school officials got wind of the conversation, they questioned the little girl, suspended her for her making a “terroristic threat,” according to The Daily Item newspaper, and told her parents she needed to be evaluated by a psychiatrist.
“All I know,” the mother told the paper, “is what my daughter has told me and she said she was told she could go to jail, which is a very traumatic thing for a five-year-old to live with.”
The attorney says the little girl was questioned for about three hours, without her parents.
“This is a good-natured little girl,” Robin Ficker said. “And this shows how hysterical people who work at schools have become since Sandy Hook.”
Before being allowed to return to school, Ficker said, the girl had to undergo psychological testing from an independent practitioner.
“The psychologist said that she posed no danger to others,” Ficker said. “I think it’s pathetic when little kids can’t play… or get in this kind of trouble for using the wrong words. This little girl is one of the least threatening people in the state of Pennsylvania.”
Ficker is fighting to expunge the incident from the girl’s records.
“I’m going to call the superintendent about this,” he said Thursday. “We need to expunge the record right away.
Real nuts and terrorists are winning when innocent kids are put through the ringer. Kids this age, they have fragile minds.”
That the kindergartner landed in trouble over such an incident might seem ludicrous to most, but Ficker said, “It’s not funny when a child is branded, when a child is suspended for playing with a bubble gun.”
The girl’s mother said she is also upset that she was not contacted when, for three hours, her daughter was questioned.
Ficker did not rule out suing the school district.
There’s a picture of a HK (Hello Kitty!) bubble gun machine at the second link. Aside from being bright pink, it doesn’t even look like a gun.
I think the parents in the whole town should outfit every kid with a Kalishnakitty T-shirt to wear to school in support. Every day until the pink slips are issued. These jack-booted imbeciles just don’t get it: you do NOT trample our children with your garbage beliefs, policies, and Gestapo tactics.
Obviously the Zero Tolerance crowd - has an extreme tolerance for brain dead stupidity and absolutely no common sense.
I hope that these parents sue the crap out of the school - not that I usually support screwing the taxpayers - but in this case - it’s really needed.
And maybe a lawsuit or two will bring this crap to an end.
This is what happens when virtually the entire school administration is Women. They just follow some over zealous ideas about whatever rules get posted on Anything and take it to these irrational extremes. And then it takes a few men to settle them down and get them to take their Prozac like good little teachers should.
(I heard that wardmama)