OKLAHOMA CITY – Imagine getting a phone call as a parent that demands you come down to the school to pick up your child. It’s just after breakfast, you’re just about to start your day, and now you’re wondering what kind of serious situation is going on with your kiddo at school.
When you hurriedly get to the principal’s office, your child is sitting there, looking like they’ve just been grounded for a month. The principal is there, your child’s teacher is there, and so is a very cross looking lunch lady.
The principal holds up a Pop Tart, shaped like a letter L. “Your child purposely ate their breakfast so that it would look like a gun,” you’re told. “Our school has a zero tolerance policy on guns. Your child has violated it and will be suspended 4 weeks.”
A similar incident happened to a Maryland family. One Oklahoma legislator wants to make sure that it never happens to an Oklahoma family. That’s why State Representative Sally Kern has introduced a bill that has been called the Common Sense Zero Tolerance Act.
According to USA Today, under this legislation, if passed, Oklahoma schools would not be allowed to suspend students for possessing small toy weapons or using writing utensils, fingers or their hands to simulate a weapon. Clothing that promotes 2nd. Amendment Rights organizations would also be included in these new rules.
It’s unfortunate that common sense isn’t common and must be legislated, but at least it is a step in the right direction.
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