MESA, Arizona — Officials at an Arizona school suspended a 13-year-old boy for sketching what looked like a gun, saying the action posed a threat to his classmates.
The boy's parents said the drawing was a harmless doodle and school officials overreacted.
"The school made him feel like he committed a crime. They are doing more damage than good," said the boy's mother, Paula Mosteller.
The drawing did not show blood, bullets, injuries or target any human, the parents said. And the East Valley Tribune reported that the boy said he did not intend for the picture to be a threat.
OK, I'm doing this from memory, and it was close to 30 years ago, but here's what my notebook looked like on any given schoolday. These dimbulb, youth-indoctrination fuckwits in Mesa would shit themselves in abject terror if they saw anything like this today.
Sure makes homeschooling look more attractive.
What's next, a directive from the school board forbidding the use of the letters F, L, and T? I mean, they look about as gun-like as that half-assed drawing of a gun that kid drew.
UPDATE: OK, just how many "guns" did this kid supposedly draw? The Fox News story linked above has this picture from eastvalleytribune.com:
Somewhat gun-like, I'll admit. But, here's the picture accompanying this story from KPHO (Channel 5 - Phoenix):
If that's a gun, then any kid who's ever drawn an oval on a piece of paper should be suspended for making violent hand grenade threats. Better cancel all your geometry classes, lest some vulnerable disenfranchised youth gets sent over the edge by all those deadly, mind-altering parallelograms.
What I'd like to know is if the first picture was made by a member of the school faculty to show the press what the offending drawing allegedly looked like. If that's the case, then they're deliberately misrepresenting the facts in this case for the sole purpose of screwing this kid over and covering their authoritarian asses.
I'm with Frank J. on this.
If your son has not drawn a gun at some point in his childhood, there is something wrong with him.
The school officials behind that suspension need to be pistol whipped.