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Civil liberties group comes to aid of York County 5th grader suspended for shooting “imaginary” bow and arrow

A Virginia based civil liberties organization comes to the defense of a York County 5th grader at South Eastern Middle School  handed a suspension for shooting an imaginary “arrow” at a fellow classmate.  The 10 year old boy was suspended for a day and threatened with explusion under the school’s weapons policy after playfully using his hands to the draw the bowstrings on a pretend “bow” and “shoot” an arrow at a classmate who had held his folder and pretended to shoot an imaginary gun.

The Rutherford Institute has asked Rona Kaufmann, Superintendent of the South Eastern School District in Fawn Grove, to rescind the suspension and remove all references to the incident from Jones’ permanent school record.

Click here to read The Rutherford Institute’s letter to the Superintendent of the South Eastern School District in Fawn Grove

“The Rutherford Institute has been called on to intervene in hundreds of cases like this involving young people who were suspended, expelled, and even arrested for violating school zero tolerance policies that criminalize childish behavior and punish all offenses severely, no matter how minor or non-threatening the so-called infraction may have been,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State. “We all want to keep the schools safe, but I’d far prefer to see something credible done about actual threats, rather than this ongoing, senseless targeting of imaginary horseplay.”

The Rutherford Institute has given the school until the close of business this Friday, November 13, to respond before it advises the child’s parents how to proceed.


5 Comments to “Civil liberties group comes to aid of York County 5th grader suspended for shooting “imaginary” bow and arrow”

    MyTakeOnIt said:
    December 11, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    It's bullying, at best.
    Another subject that would have far too many complications and arguments that will never be said and done, cut and dry.

      Joe said:
      December 12, 2013 at 7:19 AM

      What you really mean is that Union school administrators cannot think rationally and CYA at the same time.

      Bunky said:
      December 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      I think they were simply just playing!! Not a bully issue either! We played "Army" and Cowboys and Indians" growing up —- Jeeze we would all be home suspended! HMMMMM

    Bunky said:
    December 12, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    What has happened to people with Masters Degrees and Doctorates in Education lately? All common sense is null and void!!! The punishment does not fit NOR make sense! Administrators making the rules need to re-think their policy before people pull kids and home school them. The kid had what oh yea a PRETEND bow —simply tell him its not acceptable and go on with teaching — not ruin a kids permanent folder where college might be jeopardized…….SHAME ON YOU!!!

    LTC(Ret) said:
    December 12, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    First, the Education Department in Universities is where the flunkouts get a second chance. Second, we teach subjects not fuzzy education subjects. Third, education degrees are not worth the paper upon which they're written. When professionals join unions, they give up their status as professionals who, by definition, have special skills and negotiate their jobs and salaries as individuals. Unions destroy that tenet. I do not see a lot of skill here. What I do see is adherence to mindless regulations written by administrators who are not qualified to teach anything. It is no surprise that a lack of leadership is the norm.

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