January 21. 2011
An Oklahoma boy got in trouble during an assembly at Parkview Elementary when he made a simple hand gesture. No, not that one. The first grader just made the childhood symbol for a gun, pretending he was shooting. This is something we, at least guys, have always done. My kids make the gesture hundreds of times a day — like a nervous tick.
The boy was placed on in-school suspension and threatened with more severe punishment should he repeat the gesture.
Things have changed since I was kid. Schools are trying so hard control every aspect of our childrens’ lives. No longer is youthful exuberance an valid excuse for behavior. Kids today are expected to fall in line or they will receive stern punishment. The general message is to submit to authority.