No more punishments for hand gestures, toy weapons, or food bitten into gun shapes

Steve Watson
January 9, 2014

An Oklahoma State representative introduced a bill this week that would see protections put into place to prevent schools from punishing students who bring with them small toy guns, or objects resembling or depicting guns.

A spate of incidents in the last year in schools across the country has led to children being suspended or expelled for such ludicrous things as biting food into the shape of a gun, or simply using their hands to make a gun gesture.

Last year a 7-year old was suspended for brandishing a “gun shaped pastry”, prompting some lawmakers to take action to prevent such ludicrous over reactions.

Representative Sally Kern hopes that her bill HB 2351, dubbed as the “Common Sense Zero Tolerance Act” will prevent such incidents from taking place in her State.

Specific actions protected under the legislation include:

1. Brandishing a pastry or other food which is partially consumed in such a way that the remnant resembles a weapon.
2. Possession of a toy weapon which is five (5) inches or less.
3. Possession of a toy weapon made of plastic or wood snap-together building blocks.
4. Using a finger or hand to simulate a weapon.
5. Vocalizing imaginary firearms or munitions.
6. Wearing articles of clothing or accessories that support or advance Second Amendment rights or organizations.

The bill also protects students who use objects such as a pencil to simulate a gun, as well as protecting those who draw pictures of firearms, military vehicles, aircraft or any object that can be deemed to protect constitutional freedoms.

Pressing for passage of the bill, Kern cited a case in Baltimore, Maryland, where 7-year-old Josh Welch was suspended for unintentionally biting his pop tart into the shape of a gun.

Other similar idiotic cases include the infamous Hello Kitty bubble gun ‘terroristic’ incident, the miniature lego gun school bus massacre, the plastic toy soldier, holding a gun on a cup cake catastophe, and the perilous pencil pointing ‘pow powers’ of Virginia.

In many of the cases, children as young as four or five years old were interrogated, or even arrested with potentially permanent criminal record reprecussions.

The list of previous incidents of this nature is now so long that it has prompted other lawmakers to take action. Maryland Sen. J. B. Jennings also recently introduced a bill to stop such idiotic over reactions being played out over and over again in schools.

Sally Kern’s Oklahoma bill argues that passage is “necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety.” If the legislation does pass, it would go into effect July1st, 2014.


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, and He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.

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