Heritage Middle School Lockdown
February 14, 2013
Is there such a thing as overreaction by school officials in our country these days? I would have to vote, MAYBE.
This story hits close to home since I live within spitting distance of Meridian but as the story goes a teen was spotted with a suspicious item by a staff member and another student. So far so good.
They reported it to the resource officer. I see common sense being used.
The resource officer initiated a lockdown of the school which affected the surrounding area. Roads were closed, parents were notified and surrounding schools were put on alert and nobody was permitted to leave. What the heck!
This is seriously how the story read. In my day the resource officer was armed and trained. Hell, none of us wanted a visit from him because that meant he knew we were screwing around and smoking behind the school. This story has made its way into the NOCOMMON SENSE News because for starters nobody approached the teen and said, “hey what’s that in your bag?” It wasn’t reported that he was carelessly swinging this suspicious item around or acting crazy, he was simply walking down the hall. Oh yah and the so-called weapon (as the police put it) was a foldable shovel that he brought to school to use as a prop for one of his classes.
All of this could have been avoided if someone would have exercised a bit of common sense and evaluated the situation without imagining the worst possible scenario. I understand the use of caution but if this kid was going to go crazy he would have done it long before police arrived and detained him. Why didn’t anyone walk up to him and ask him what was up?
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!
I don’t know how many of you have heard about Melody Valentin, a 5th grader from Philadelphia being searched, scolded and bullied at her school for trying to throw away a piece of scrap paper that resembled a gun, REALLY?
It all started when she was throwing this piece of paper away when another child alerted school officials that Melody had brought a paper gun to school. She was searched and reprimanded by school officials, in front of other students, for bringing a paper gun to school. This official not only handled the situation poorly but threatened to have her arrested; she was humiliated in front of other children which led to bullying and her being called a “murderer” by other students.
For starters, to call this “paper gun” a gun is a far stretch for school officials and the media. It could easily (and more likely) be considered a scrap piece of paper or the letter ‘L’, nevertheless, this is another prime example where zero tolerance and zero commonsense collide.
I mean really, this looks more like a piece of paper someone tore the corner off in order to throw their gum away.
Ahh!! Everyone take cover and get under the desk in fear of the realistic paper gun.