No worries kids, you're safe: Student suspended for drawing of stick figure holding gun

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The drawings of a young, suspended teen boy/WRAL photo


No need to wonder if the FBI is doing their job.
No need to wonder if any troubling behaviors gave local Florida law enforcement plenty of opportunities to investigate and arrest the Parkland shooter — and even take away his guns — long before he shot up Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Worry no more! School administrators are now concerned about a young boy’s drawing of stick figures.
From WRAL (Sampson County, NC): A middle school student in Sampson County was suspended over a doodle that showed stick figures holding guns and knives.
The incident happened several weeks ago at Roseboro Salemburg Middle School and the father of the 13-year-old boy said he can’t believe his son received a two-day suspension for what he calls a harmless picture.
“I see a guy in a race car souped-up. I see a tower that he built. I see him holding his gun, he’s a deer hunter. I see him with a magician and I see him as a Ninja Turtle,” James Herring said. “[He’s] just expressing himself, nothing violent.”
Herring said his son does have access to weapons that he uses for hunting, but they’re kept under lock and key. He said his son is not violent and wasn’t having any emotional issues when he made the drawings.
Herring said he was shocked when the school called and said his son was being suspended. “When I see that, I see a normal 13-year-old boy. I drew pictures like this, any other person of his age drew drawings like this. It’s nothing to get expelled from school for,” he said.
While the seventh grader has returned to school, his father is wondering what type of message the school system is trying to send by suspending his son.
“Due to everything happening in the nation, we’re just being extra vigilant about all issues of safety,” said Sampson County Schools’ Superintendent Eric Bracy.
While Bracy wouldn’t talk about the specifics of the suspension given to Herring’s son, he said punishments for students for a variety of offenses are outlined in the student handbook.
“There are some things that list possible threats or things like that. We’ve got category one, two, three and four, which sort of grades potential incidents and the level or seriousness,” Bracy said about the punishments outlined in the handbook.
Herring said his son’s drawings were made before the shooting at a Parkland, Fla. school that killed 17 people.
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Dr. Eowyn
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This is child abuse. The parents should sue Roseboro Salemburg Middle School and the school district.

Crackerbaby
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Crackerbaby

Well, not to put too fine a point on it……. WTF! Whilst the kid is not an artist, I recognize the appeal. I guess they would have hung me!
“Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

When children can see on television and film, one after another movies where the good guys utilize guns to take out the bad guys . . . yet these insane educators crucify a 13 year old for drawing stick figures holding a gun. The father of this boy admits that the pictures were created before the shooting in Florida. There will be little wonder if this generation of students, and those who follow have severe emotional disturbance due to the goofy way that educators interact with them. It is ludicrous that when the local police, and the FBI, and the… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Stupid bureaucrats with no sense (when they’re not raving left/libtards) run our schools.

Comrade Obama
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Comrade Obama

Imagine, insulting all those academic snowflakes and making them run to their safe space. Sue the bastards.

Brian Heinz
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As much as I hate to say this my son was suspended from grade school for something similar. He took a eraser top off of a pencil then took a larger eraser that was square he used staples to make arms and legs and use the top part as a head. The school called us and suspend him and my wife went down to talk to them they said it was a weapon. By the time my wife got through with the guidance counselor the principle did not what to talk to her but they put my son right back… Read more »

Recynd77
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I feel safer already.
(Shoots self in head.)
You know, I heard a term recently that sums this insanity up perfectly: anarchotyranny. It’s not a new term, apparently, but it’s new to me. It’s when real crime go unpunished, but when you COMMENT on said crime, THAT’S a punishable offense. What is happening to Count Dankula (and his Nazi-saluting Pug) is a perfect example. Or the kid in the instant case.
(Shoots self in head without missing this time.)

Steven Broiles
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I look at it this way: The school did the boy a favor. This is yet another example of liberalism being a mental disorder and school normalizing and institutionalizing mental illness! Seriously: The state should GET OUT of the education of children and leave it to the parents and the churches. You Know, the state hosts and funds mass education, and it would have us think that it is normal. Nothing could be further from the truth. PUBLIC EDUCATION IS A CULT. That’s Right: Public education is a cult, and it’s very cleverly disguised. It runs under the cover of… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Oh yes, they’re jumping right in and limiting everybody’s choices, as usual. “They” will determine what is “permissible”.
Today I read that Washington State has made it “illegal” to treat gays for queerness. That’s right, not that I think there’s much science to psychology to begin with, but obviously The State knows better.
So, just like the proven science involved with “gender”, their “theory” that “identification/attraction” is a “choice” is to be mandated by law. Apparently, we no longer have any say in this. I don’t recall asking for this.

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

“………….just being extra vigilant about all issues of safety”? If these teachers and administrators were sincere in their commitment to the students and their safety they would surely have the curiosity and means to investigate beyond the official and media narratives of these crisis events.
Even more, I find it hard to believe that most with in these schools where these events take place are not aware of exactly what is going on, as the ‘crisis drills’ are announced and scheduled before hand. There must be some one some where who has refused to cooperate.

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

If the kid draws 5 or 6 stick figures holding guns,and eats his sandwich to be shaped like a gun,THEN holds his hand in a gun shape,just IMAGINE the violence he could wreak on society!!!

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

OH-something ELSE-they need to outlaw COFFEE MUGS-the loops we put our fingers in when we pick them up is shaped JUST like an AR15 TRIGGER GUARD!!!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Not even close to being legal– not to mention they suspended him for “disrupting the educational process” they decided to do.

CalGirl
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WHAT! I am a middle school teacher and I can testify (in court—at the Supreme Court—at a Congressional Hearing…WHATEVER) that all middle school boys eventually draw a stick figure with a gun—shooting hyphenated dots to show bullets….AND OY! They also draw male penises and scrotums all over my desks, in books….whatever…..I call them “self portraits” and ask to whom they refer–aloud—when I find them…….which usually brings a laugh…b/c I want a LAUGH instead of the power-model they were meant to be…instead of the public harrassment/humilation/power play they might symbolize to my little girl students who have to suffer this crap… Read more »

Glenn47
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Glenn47

Well, I for one, am very happy the schools are on top of this and we are safe from rubber bands, staples, pop tarts and erasures and pieces of cardboard cut into the shape of guns. Because we have nothing else to be cautious of, right? And by all means putting in school leadership that can’t even handle a small and simple discipline problem. I mean, it is very important to call the parents and the police to handle these crimes and periods of suspension.
Never in my wildest dreams would I ever think it would get to this point.

japoa
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japoa

Let me get this straight …….A kid who draws stick figures holding a gun is more dangerous than a another kid who had the cops called out to his house on 34 occasions ? Or had fellow students see something /say something …( thanks for that brainstorm Napolitano ;……..F.B.I., Broward Co. Sheriffs Dept . ……so much for due diligence .)I may not be the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree , but 34 calls to the house and fellow students saying something should out way ( by a pant load ) some child drawing a stick figure holding a gun… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Clearly, the cops felt the school should handle discipline about young kids saying unsubtatiated stupid stuff instead. (School people seem to be driving such involvement out of hysteria or “an abundance of caution” whenever anything related to guns, shooting, etc. comes up.)

Jackie Puppet
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When are writing instruments going to be banned so kids can’t draw those mean old guns that kill people?
Pens, pencils, chalk, and markers are so-o-o-o archaic, 20th Century – “it’s 2018, people!”