Guns are as evil to school officials as the Bible is or any mention of God. And because guns are evil, even the vaguest likeness of guns are anathema.
Lang, a lower Manhattan private school that’s supposed to help special needs kids with social disorders expelled an 8-year-old student for illegal possession of an unregistered paper “gun.” Eight-year-old Asher Palmer fashioned the gun out of paper by rolling a a couple pieces into a tube. Apparently, the boy learned about guns from his dad, who served in the military during the Kuwait war.
Asher’s mom Melina Spadone thinks that her now-estranged husband – they’re in the middle of a divorce – was the subject to whom the school’s principal Micaela Bracamonte was referring when she stated that Asher “had a model for physically aggressive behavior in his immediate family.”
The school also referred to another incident where Asher “threatened” to kill a fellow classmate during some silly argument they were having. Kids often make those sorts of comments, and it’s not OK. But they just need to be taught that it’s not appropriate. The principal actually believed that Asher had a “concrete plan” to murder his fellow classmate, based on his childish threat. The New York Post reported:
In her June 12 email to the boy’s teachers and psychologist, obtained by The Post, Bracamonte said, “I don’t see it tenable at this stage that Asher receive a warning for the specific behavior we’ve agreed on targeting — i.e. use of pretend guns on fellow students and mention of killing.”
She added that the boy “had a concrete plan for killing [a female student] that he would not retract after discussion with our psych staff … that he was physically and verbally aggressive at a whole new level only last week … He might well present a risk to the emotional and possibly (though remotely so) physical safety and well-being of his classmates.”
WPIX New York also reported on the incident:
At this point, I honestly don’t know who has a worse social disorder: the 8-year-old or the school’s principal. exp