Something magical and menacing must happen when a person fashions his fingers into the shape of a handgun. All of a sudden, no matter how young the person is, that hand becomes a lethal force and can cause significant emotional and psychological trauma for those poor, young, unfortunate souls who happen to witness the hand gesture. And not to mention all those physically injured by all the imaginary bullets.
It was on the playground at school when the “incident” happened. And it was for this kindergartener’s “threatening” choice of hand shape that he was suspended. Or nearly suspended.
If it weren’t for the child’s father’s outrage and resolve, he most certainly would have been suspended. And I’m sure this suspension would have remained on the child’s school record permanently as his having a “history of gun violence.”
David Hendrix was outraged to learn that his son, 5, was issued a suspension from school for making a gun gesture with his hand. “He was playing army on the playground,” Hendrix told WBTV. “I just felt like the punishment was way too severe.”
Hendrix’s son is in kindergarten at Pinewood Elementary School in Gaston County. The boy was issued a one day in-school suspension, according to Hendrix. Looking to resolve the issue, Hendrix told WBTV that he met with the school principal to plead his case.
At first, the school didn’t budge, according to Hendrix. But Hendrix wasn’t giving up. “I requested an immediate meeting that night with him myself and the school board, at their pleasure, anytime that night. And at that point they decided it was not worth the effort, not worth the headache and dropped everything right then and there,” Hendrix said.
WBTV made a dozen calls to Gaston County Schools Thursday. No one returned our calls. In the Pinewood Elementary School handbook, there is no mention of punishment for making a ‘gun gesture’ with your hand.
Aside from certain drugs that can be administered, or surgical procedures that can be done, or hormones that can be taken, boys will continue to behave like boys.
Remember that case recently where a boy was suspended and charged with sexual harassment for kissing a girl on her hand? What if he had kissed another boy? Any attempts to show him that such behavior is inappropriate would surely have been met with vitriol from liberals and the homosexual community, who would have accused conservatives of trying to change the boy’s behavior. “Can’t you see he was born that way? You can’t ‘cure gay!’” But it was different, since he kissed a girl. All of a sudden, his behavior warranted punishment and correction.
And since this hand-wielding kindergartner made an obscene gesture (no, not the middle finger…I’m sure that would have been overlooked) in the shape of a handgun, his behavior has to be changed. Even though he’s a boy, and this is just how boys play. They really were born that way.