Tensions and maybe imaginations are running high since the Sandy Hook incident but I can’t help but wonder if we are letting things get out of control. Zero tolerance should not equal zero common sense.
When a 5 year-old gets suspended and deemed a “terror threat” by school officials for telling a classmate she is going to shoot her with her Hello Kitty bubble gun it makes me think there is no more common sense. She didn’t even have the toy with her and the conversation happened days before school officials heard about the it.
Reports also stated that the girl was questioned for 3 hours, without her parents present, and told she could go to jail. Her parents were told she needed to be evaluated by a psychiatrist (maybe she does, NOW).
Okay, maybe the poor kid made a mistake (or maybe not) but there was obviously no threat and this situation should have never become a “situation”.
I know what it is like to have a child; they will say much worse! No matter what comes out of their mouths they may be little terrors but they are never a “terror threat” – they are children!