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Blown Out of Proportion

A Remnant Alert POSTED: 2/2/2011
by Remnant Staff  

Terror Alert! Who would have guessed that the pea-shooter would metamorphose into a weapon? Look no further than the vigilant “educators” of Spotsylvania High: they know a terrorist when they see one!

“The federal Gun-Free Schools Act mandates that schools expel students who take weapons, including hand guns, explosive devices and projectile weapons, to school. E-mail traffic among school officials showed they ruled that Mikel's [the offender] plastic tube, which was fashioned from a pen casing, met the definition of a projectile weapon because it was ‘used to intimidate, threaten or harm others,’” states a 1 February 2011 article in the Washington Post written by Kevin Sieff. According to the article, the principal of the Virginia high school declared: “"We have an obligation to protect the students in our building from others who pose a threat to the over-all safe learning environment."

The fourteen-year-old expelled from the indoctrination center masquerading as a school (he’s being homeschooled now, the lucky lad) has been charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault, according to the article. The “weapon” in question was a plastic pen case that “fired” plastic pellets, which is to say it was a latter-day version of the old-time peashooter, which was usually a plastic straw through which the “aggressor” blew out dried peas. Now that the statute of limitations on this form of “assault” has expired, this writer (a male) freely confesses to having used this “weapon” on his fellows, including (gasp!) females, which could easily be interpreted to mean that he had also committed a “hate crime.”

In this case, the “weapon” was taken by school officials as having “met the definition of a projectile weapon because it was ‘used to intimidate, threaten or harm others.’”  Slingshots (remember them?) would likely fall under this category as well, though in all fairness there are manufactured slingshots which are in fact capable of serving as “weapons.” But a peashooter?

"We have an obligation to protect the students in our building from others who pose a threat to the over-all safe learning environment," Russell Davis, principal of Spotsylvania High, wrote to other school officials in one e-mail,” the article reported.

A “threat?” Yes, one can say that the youngster’s silliness was inappropriate, although anyone who has ever been a fourteen-year-old may have memories (even fond memories) of such silliness and likely did not perceive such childishness as “threatening.” Then again, “childishness” is now to be discouraged in a “safe learning” environment in which toddlers are to be taught (indoctrinated?) about sexual perversion (call it “choice”) at the earliest possible age.

“Mikel will be cleared of the misdemeanor criminal charges if he participates in a year-long diversion program, he [not clear who “he” is, although from the Post article one would infer that “he” is in fact Amanda Blalock, a Spotsylvania school board member]  said. The county sheriff's office did not return messages seeking comment,” stated the article. A “diversion” program? What, pray tell, is that? Wikipedia has the answer!

A diversion program in the criminal justice system is a program run by a police department, court, a district attorney's office, or outside agency designed to enable alleged offenders of criminal law to avoid criminal charges and a criminal record. The purposes of diversion are generally thought to include relief to the courts, police department and probation office, better outcomes compared to direct involvement of the court system, and an opportunity for the offender to avoid prosecution by completing various requirements for the program. These requirements may include:

·                  Education aimed at preventing future offenses by the offender

·                  Restitution to victims of the offense

·                  Completion of community service hours

Avoiding situations for a specified period of time in the future that may lead to committing another such offense (such as contact with certain people)

One year of this lad’s life intruded upon listening to taxpayer-funded nonsense for fooling around with a peashooter! Keep him home, parents, and build yourselves a potato gun to protect yourselves against the politically correct! Or maybe not, because you may find yourselves in prison for possessing “projectile weapons.”

Happily, not everyone in Spotsylvania has succumbed to sissyfication: “"More and more school districts apply these zero-tolerance policies, and common sense goes out the window," said Del. Mark L. Cole (R-Fredericksburg). "Something like this can haunt a kid for the rest of his life, just for a little mischief,"” went the article’s attribution, expressing an opinion that is sadly ever more rare.


That can work both ways: and it should.

Enough is enough!

Education should be “holistic,” and that means without the intrusion of social engineering that equates to personality-neutering indoctrination disguised as “instruction.” Boys will be boys, girls will be girls and if that simple fact can only be recognized at home, then so be it!

Public “education” as it stands has seen its day.

Peashooters: Ready, aim, fire!

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