Boy disciplined after yielding gun-shaped pizza slice

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WKRN News:  For the rest of the semester, a Rutherford County (TN) elementary student has to eat lunch at the “silent table” for allegedly waving around a slice of pizza some say resembled a gun.
Nicholas Taylor attends David Youree Elementary School in Smyrna, about 30 miles southeast of Nashville.  School leaders say the 10-year-old threatened other students at his lunch table with a piece of pizza with bites out of it so it looked like a gun and when asked about it was initially not truthful.
Nicholas’ mother LeAnn calls her son’s punishment “absolutely ridiculous” saying he was just playing around and never said anything derogatory or anything about shooting anyone.  “The kid across the table from him said it looked like a gun so he picked it up and started shooting it in the air,” she told Nashville’s News 2 Investigates.  Taylor said she learned of the incident when the school sent her a note saying her son was threatening other students.
James Evans, spokesperson for the Rutherford County School District, said the boy isn’t being punished because he had a piece of pizza shaped like a gun.  He’s being punished because “some students reported he was making some threatening hand gestures, that he was shooting other kids at the table and they reported it to a teacher,” according to Evans.  He continued, “The student didn’t tell him the truth about it so he got silent lunch for six days.”
Evans called the punishment minor but said the message is clear.  “I realize some might say we are going overboard but the principal is just trying to use an abundance of caution and send the message that we don’t play about guns and it’s not something we joke around about,” he said.
To that, Taylor said her son knows he shouldn’t play with guns.  “We don’t have a gun in the house,” she said.  “He plays with light sabers. He’s a big Star Wars fan.”
In addition to lunch at the silent table, Nicholas has spent time with the school resource officer learning about gun safety.  Taylor said the school system has made it clear that if her son eats his pizza into the shape of a gun again and there is a similar occurrence, he will be suspended.
This kid gets in trouble for goofing off yet a professor that admitted exposing himself to a mother and her daughter in a grocery store parking lot and convicted of a felony gets to keep his job.
I swear up is down and down is up these days.

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12 responses to “Boy disciplined after yielding gun-shaped pizza slice

  1. This is madness.

  2. No more fun of any kind if someone (gosh) might be offended, except for left/liberal “educators” (used loosely)… do as they say, not as they do.

  3. Yep, GF. I wonder what the “school resource officer” is teaching this kid about gun safety, “guns are bad, dangerous – stay far far away from them!” or something along that line…
    People I know that are afraid of guns have never even held one.

  4. It is beyond the pale in the number of fools running our schools–and most vote lib.

  5. OMG! They are SOOOO STUPID! I bet they are going to be following him all through his school career just to see what the outcome is for their little secret behavioral modification project. I f’ing hate school administrators. I’m a 46 year old adult, and I can tell you the morons are running the asylum. My aunt , who is a year older than me, was bullied by one at our kids’ high school because she forgot and parked in the bus lane just two minutes before 430pm. She just didn’t see how close it was to time and thought it was already 430pm. When she started to move her vehicle (he’d yelled at her that it was NOT 430 YET, or something like it), he wouldn’t move out of the way for her, and then shoved his chest against his mirror and tried to keep her in place! She got so flustered, she finally got around him to move, and accidentally spun her tires a little on some lot gravel, and he called the cops on her for “reckless driving”. It pisses me off, because in that exact same spot, a bus driver hit a kid on a day when they’d come back from a band trip (the bus driver was driving equipment I think) and also hit the a concrete wall next to the steps, you know, a wall that she’d have to be on the bottom step next to in order to hit it (she shouldn’t have been that close), and they harrassed my aunt for trying to get out of the bus lane when she was told it wasn’t time yet. I don’t know what the final outcome is, I have to call her, but that stupid administrator had the nerve to tell he expected her to be in his office on the following Monday for an apology! I would’ve said, “Let’s go talk to the principal RIGHT NOW buddy!” What makes me madder, is we live in a small Texas town on the outskirts of S.A., and these are “good ol’ boys” that stick together, so when this guy called the cops, she was crying (I would be too), so they treated her like she was crying because she “got caught” at something. I know later when she did show up at the school, they met in the principal’s office, and a couple of teachers had seen the episode and told the principal what happened, in favor of my aunt. The principal told her they’d probably still have to push the reckless driving issue (only because the cops were called and they had to save face, I’m sure), and they told her she could only park in one certain spot from now on to wait for my cousin. This is a woman that does NOT cause trouble and is a pacifist that tries to AVOID trouble – she tends to only see the good in people and situations. I’m much more mean, and that guy would’ve gotten an earful from me the same day it happened, in FRONT of the principal. A bunch of other parents saw it too and thought he was over the top. My aunt went to this high school and was lead baton twirler. They treated her like she was one of the kids now! If they even treated my kid this way it would tick me off. Sorry, I know this got long, but administrators need to pull their heads out and start remembering who their supposed to be there for – the kids and families. If it’s just a job, they need to frikking leave.

  6. That should read HER mirror at the beginning there – sorry!

  7. Oh, incidentally, the kid that was struck by a bus driver was alright, but she did have to go to the hospital that night after it happened. I hate bus drivers too. They are jaded – some like the kids, but they all drive like morons.

  8. While all of you are laughing hysterically… albeit me included… I am also having a twilight moment of outraged that we are letting these morons infect and literally mentally abuse our country’s children this way. This could be, let me rephrase… THIS IS your child and/or your grandchild. We need to support this family with donations for legal actions against this tyrannous school board. Commit to a zero tolerance ourselves – fight fire with fire.
    Basically, that is what they are, a tyrannous extension of our gov. And we need to take each and every action by them as a threat to our freedom as they have attacked every nuance of our daily lives and WE LET THEM DO IT???!!! And if you go look, they have a cute little name for a school project called DYE Christmas Program. Only having it I assume so that they can manipulate the subconscious of the children. This is how the loony left works, people. “Ok, fine, you want Christmas programs back in school, then we will call it DYE Christmas.” Subtle and deliberate.
    Oh, HELL NO! I am doing something about this!
    Here is the principals “publicly owned government” email addy:
    And here is the school’s “Safety Officer” Jackie Bauer. Actually, she looks like she probably could be taken out with a slice of pizza.
    I think their lunch menu needs to have a few disclaimers on it.. I see NONE for gun shaped pizza or any other food items of mass destruction. Nope, no FIMD statement anywhere.


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