Re April 8 article, “Third grader at Ocean Bay Elementary School suspended for bringing butter knife to school”
These so-called school leaders are going to have to go back to school and re-learn just what a weapon truly is and get out of this paranoia syndrome.
Now if and i mean if this butter knife had been ground down to a sharp point to be used to stab someone, that is a weapon. If a child brings a butter knife to school to spread their butter or jelly on their bread, that is not a weapon.
If paranoia is simply going to be a constant idiotic response to plastic toy guns, butter knives and the like that are brought to school, the teachers should simply take the item away from the child and explain why with a note or call to the parents. To suspend an 8-year-old child from school because a so-called adult cannot stem their fears and interprets that child to be a terrorist, and they are assuredly doing that, they need to build an underground bunker and live there for the rest of their lives.
Interpreting a school rule to the nth degree is only teaching the child that there is no room for making a mistake, period. Then they turn around and try to teach the child that he/she learns through mistakes. Is that confusing to the child or what? That will be teaching the child to fear just about everything in life, especially adults.
A time out, a trip to the principal's office as well as an in-depth explanation as to why such things are not allowed would be enough. This country is absolutely on the way to self destruction by allowing fear, retribution and decisions made through idiotic ideological thinking dictate an important decision.
Between the federal leadership (or lack thereof) and rule by fear, iron fists and certainty, the United States will self destruct within a few years if the intelligent people of this country do not take it back. I am so sick of people being so paranoid that they stopped using their brains for sane reasoning. Sept. 11 is over. Remember and love those lost in the tragedy, but it is time to move on intelligently.
The writer lives in Conway.