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Five-Year-Old Forced to Sign a Suicide Contract by School

October 12, 2014

 

I know there is a great deal of sensitivity about guys and schools but have US school administrators completely lost their minds? How does a 5-year-old with a mild, natural interest in guns constitute a suicide risk?

 

One mother is furious after her 5-year-old daughter was reportedly forced to sign a “suicide contract” at school.

The mother, named Rebecca, told Alabama outlet WPMI-TV that the incident occurred after her kindergarten daughter drew a picture that resembled a gun and pointed a crayon at another student and said “pew pew.” Authorities at E.R. Dixon Elementary school made the child sign a contract stating she would not kill herself or harm anyone else.

Rebecca said that while she was in the lobby waiting to pick up her child, “they had my 5-year-old sign a contract about suicide and homicide … There should be a different way to handle this situation. If this is protocol it needs to be looked at again.” Rebecca added that she did not think her daughter knew what the words in the contract even meant.

Mobile County school system superintendent Martha Peek told the Alabama Media Group that staff at the elementary school used the district wide procedure for when “a student indicates they may be considering any actions such as hurting themselves or hurting someone else.” However, she noted that the incident will be evaluated and that the policy “will be reworked.”

“I think if we had stepped back and looked at the situation and that others could have been involved — if the principal had known about it — we could have probably had some additional guidance,” Peek told the outlet.

Peek told The Huffington Post that she has not been in touch with the mother since hearing about the incident, but she intends to meet with her and “reassure mom that everything is fine and her child is going to be well taken care of.”

Recently, schools around the country have taken a tough approach to children who play with fake guns or draw fake guns. A young student was famously suspended in 2013 after chewing a pop tart into the shape of a gun.

 

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Guess What This Map Represents

June 12, 2014

 

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This map which looks like a bad case of chicken pox unfortunately represents the 74 school shootings in the U.S since Newtown:

 

After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012, President Obama promised “meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this.” His gun reform push, focused on a background check measure that had overwhelming public support, failed in the Senate last year, and Congress hasn’t passed any other gun legislation.

At least 74 school shootings happened during those 18 months, according to a tally by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group fighting to pass gun control laws. That’s more than one each week school was in session, with the longest gap between shootings spanning last summer’s break, from mid-June to mid-August.

The most recent shooting happened Tuesday morning at a high school east of Portland, Oregon. The gunman and a student are reported dead.

 

 

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Schools Pick and Choose What They Implement

December 22, 2013

 

 

 

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Another tragic death from a needless school shooting. And what is the response? Further security protocols. The call to arm teachers.

Why is it that countries always borrow from other countries when it comes to mimicking academic achievement, but not when it comes to other crucial aspects of school life? I hear a lot about implementing the Finish model of education to try and garner similar results. But what about copying from a country that has had very few violent related school incidents?

Take Australia for instance. Since Australia implemented its strict gun laws which involved a tax payer funded gun buy-back scheme, we have seen no gun violence in our schools that I am aware of.

Of course change is much harder for the US because of gun rights in its constitution.

But how many school deaths do we tolerate before we make a change that is crying out to be made. They say guns don’t kill people, people do.

Tell that baloney to the poor parents of a gun victim!

 

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Who Buys a Rifle for a 5-Year-Old?

May 2, 2013

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The “My First Rifle” concept is absolutely abhorrent! Gifting a rifle to a 5-year-old achieves no discernible purpose whatsoever. The result of such negligence can certainly lead to tragedy:

A 2-year-old girl was accidentally shot and killed by her 5-year-old brother while he was playing with a child-size rifle given to him as a gift, authorities in Kentucky say.

Caroline Starks, a blonde, blue-eyed girl, was fatally shot in the chest by her brother’s .22-caliber rifle only minutes after her mother says she stepped outside their home in Burkesville on Tuesday.

The single-shot weapon fired is a rifle specifically marketed to children as ‘My First Rifle’ by company Keystone Sporting Arms, according to authorities.

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It was given to the 5-year-old as a gift last year, Cumberland County Coroner Gary White told the Lexington Herald-Leader.‘It’s a Crickett,’ White identified the weapon used. ‘It’s a little rifle for a kid. …The little boy’s used to shooting the little gun.’‘Accidents happen with guns,’ he continued. ‘They thought the gun was actually unloaded, and it wasn’t.’‘It was god’s will. It was her time to go, I guess,’ Caroline’s grandmother, Linda Riddle, told Lex18 on Wednesday.

‘I just know she’s in heaven right now and I know she’s in good hands with the lord,’ Riddle said.

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The company, Keystone Sporting Arms, produced 60,000 Crickett and Chipmunk rifles in 2008, according to its website.It also makes guns for adults, but most of its products are geared toward children. The smaller guns come in all sorts of colors, including blue and pink.

The company’s slogan is ‘my first rifle’ and its website has a ‘Kids Corner’ section where pictures of young boys and girls are displayed, most of them showing the children at shooting ranges and on bird and deer hunts. The smaller rifles are sold with a mount to use at a shooting range.

The shooting highlights a cultural divide in the gun debate. While many suburban and urban areas work to keep guns out of the hands of children, it’s not uncommon for youths in rural areas to own guns for target practice and hunting.

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School Gun Lessons a Disaster!

March 1, 2013

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I told you it was a terrible idea, but I wasn’t aware of just how bad it would be:

An employee at a Texas public school was accidentally shot on Wednesday during a district-sponsored handgun safety class, KLTV reports.

According to KLTV, Glenn Geddie was a maintenance worker for the Van Independent School District. The school district voted last month to arm some teachers and other employees in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.

District Superintendent Don Dunn confirmed that the incident occurred. Here’s his full statement, courtesy of KLTV:

At the conclusion of the CHL training on February 27, 2013, one certified person stayed for private instruction with the instructor and had a mechanical malfunction with his weapon. With the assistance of the instructor, the malfunction was addressed, but the gun misfired and the bullet ricocheted coming back to strike the VISD employee in the left leg. The VISD employee was attended to at the scene and transferred to Tyler for further treatment. The injury is not life threatening or disabling. Because of privacy and security issues we cannot make any further statement.

A school board member told The Tyler Morning Telegraph that the shooting would not affect their decision to arm employees on campus.

Many schools have begun to arm teachers in the wake of Sandy Hook. Schools from Texas to Ohio are allowing teachers to bring guns to school, and some states, like South Dakota, have begun to pass legislation to allow guns in schools.

 

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Not Another School Shooting! (Video)

January 11, 2013

C’mon already! In the wake of the recent school shooting in Connecticut all schools were on high alert. The fact that even in this increasingly aware state yet another school shooting could take place is reason enough to go beyond talks of armed guards, gun trained teachers and metal detectors. America needs strict gun laws!

US vice-president Joe Biden and the National Rifle Association (NRA) butted heads on gun control in Washington as one person was injured in another US school shooting.

Police say a 16-year-old student was shot and wounded by a fellow classmate who opened fire with a shotgun at a high school in rural California.

The shooting took place at Taft Union High School in the town of Taft north of Los Angeles, just weeks after the massacre of 26 people – including 20 children – at a school in Newtown, Connecticut.

The violence has revived America’s debate about gun control, and just before news of the shooting broke Mr Biden sat down for a private meeting with NRA representatives.

Mr Biden is heading a task force exploring ways to reduce gun violence and plans to submit recommendations to president Barack Obama by next Tuesday.

Hopes the meeting would lead to a breakthrough were dashed when the NRA released a statement saying it was disappointed that the meeting had little to do with keeping children safe and more to do with attacking gun rights.

“It is unfortunate that this administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen,” the statement said.

The NRA says it will now reach out to members of Congress for what it calls an honest conversation about what will and will not reduce gun violence.

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Why Tolerate Guns at School?

June 16, 2011

Shame on you!  Why would you ever consider allowing people to legally carry guns on school grounds?  How does proposing a bill that allows gun owners with a legal permit to enter school grounds with a gun, worthy of your time, energy or consideration?  Why would gun owners need to carry a gun with them to pick up their kids anyway?

Parents and teachers with concealed handgun permits could legally bring their guns to school under a bill that Cleveland County lawmakers supported in the state House last week.

A measure to loosen gun restrictions in the Tar Heel State would allow concealed carry permit-holders to have their handguns on school grounds if the firearms are kept inside a closed compartment or container within a locked car. Reps. Tim Moore, Kelly Hastings and Mike Hager voted for the bill, which won approval in the House June 7 and is slated for committee hearings in the state Senate.

“If you’re going to pick your child up at school and you’re otherwise a law-abiding citizen and have no criminal intent, you should not be charged as a felon just because you’re exercising your Second Amendment right,” said Hastings, a primary sponsor of House Bill 650.

Supporters stress that those with concealed-carry permits meet stringent safety requirements and pass criminal background checks, but educators fear that allowing handguns on school property would increase the likelihood of violent crime.

“I have concerns both as a superintendent and as a parent,” said Cleveland County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bruce Boyles. “I understand the right to have firearms, but I also understand the potential for them to become a problem on the school campus.

”‘Not like the wild west’

Hastings said allowing adults with valid concealed handgun permits to keep their guns locked securely in the car when they drop off and pick up their children wouldn’t affect school safety. Anyone who can’t legally carry concealed or who intends to commit a crime would still face severe punishment.

“The very few people this will apply to have had to meet a very high burden to be able to carry a firearm,” he said. “It’s not like the wild west. There are still a lot of restrictions in place.”

Parents’ passion for both their children’s education and their participation in sports and activities can sometimes make tempers run hot, Boyles said. Adding guns to that volatile mix, he fears, could put parents, educators and children at greater risk.

“We have parents who come on campus from time to time who are unhappy with one of our decisions or something that’s happened between their child and another child,” he said. “It’s troubling to think about the potential for a change that would allow weapons to be on our campuses.”

With all the problems facing the world today, surely they could have pushed this brainless idea to the side.

 


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