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Posted: 2/1/2001 12:38:20 PM EDT
http://www.dallasnews.com/texas_southwest/276427_jonesboro_01te.html

The Dallas Morning News: Texas/Southwest

Thursday | February 1, 2001

Mother cries foul in chicken-finger-as-gun suspension
02/01/2001
Associated Press
AP

A chicken finger landed 8-year-old Christopher Kissinger
a suspension from his Jonesboro, Ark., school.

JONESBORO, Ark. – Apparently, a breaded chicken finger falls
under the Jonesboro School District's zero-tolerance policy
against weapons.
Kelli Kissinger is outraged that her son could be suspended
for three days for aiming a chicken strip toward a teacher and
saying, "Pow, pow, pow."
Christopher Kissinger, an 8-year-old first-grader at South
Elementary School in Jonesboro, was suspended last week after
the incident in the school cafeteria.
"I think a chicken strip is something insignificant," the
boy's mother said. "It's just a piece of chicken. How could
you play like it's a gun?"
"The teacher thought I was pointing it at her, but I was
pointing it at my friend," Christopher said.
In March 1998, four students and a teacher were killed and 10
others wounded when two youths fired on a schoolyard at
Westside Middle School in Jonesboro.
South Elementary principal Dan Sullivan said he was prevented
by law from answering questions about the case.
But a school discipline form provided by the boy's mother and
signed by Mr. Sullivan says the child was suspended because he
"took a chicken strip off his plate, pointed it at ... [a
teacher] and said 'Pow, pow, pow,' like he was shooting her."
"It depends on the tone, the demeanor, and in some manner you
judge the intent" of the threat, Mr. Sullivan said. "It's not
the object in the hand, it's the thought in the mind. Is a
plastic fork worse than a metal fork? Is a pencil a weapon?"
Christopher said he had been disciplined for talking and was
sitting at a detention table when the incident occurred.
His mother said a suspension might have been merited, but she
was disturbed that it was for three days and that her son
served it at an alternative school.
"I don't doubt that he did it," she said. "But like his
psychiatrist said, ... [the school] needs to be able to tell
the difference between a threat and a playful act. ... Chris
has never been a violent child. He has an active imagination,
but he's never been violent."
Mr. Sullivan said the school has zero-tolerance rules because
the public believes those policies are necessary.
"It's got to be intimidating for a little kid to come to
school these days," Mr. Sullivan said. "We've got a policeman
on campus, but all these things are here because it's real.
Most of these policies were put in place after the fact.
People saw real threats to the safety and security of their
students."

(c) 2001 The Dallas Morning News
2000, 1999 Katie winner for best news-related Web site
1998, 1999 best online newspaper in the state Texas Associated Press
Managing Editors Award
Link Posted: 2/1/2001 12:49:40 PM EDT
Truly sad, the USA are in a state of decline.
Been this way for some time now, and your just fooling yourself if you think its gonna get any better.
Link Posted: 2/1/2001 12:55:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/1/2001 1:03:54 PM EDT by Fred762]
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Link Posted: 2/1/2001 12:57:50 PM EDT
An 8 yr old has a psychiatrist??  Something wrong with THAT picture.  Maybe there is more to this story than meets the eye.
Link Posted: 2/1/2001 1:28:15 PM EDT
South Elementary principal Dan Sullivan said he was prevented by law from answering questions about the case.
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[i]"It depends on the tone, the demeanor, and in some manner you
judge the intent"[/i] of the threat, [b]Mr. Sullivan said.[/b] [i]"It's not
the object in the hand, it's the thought in the mind. Is a
plastic fork worse than a metal fork? Is a pencil a weapon?"[/i]


It would appear, by his own admission, that he has broken the law!

Link Posted: 2/1/2001 7:20:44 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/1/2001 7:32:23 PM EDT
well I guess we need some kinda "assault chicken strip ban"  everything after Feb 1st is considered "LEO/Military/Export use only" They cannot be posessed by civilians because the chicken strip is not a sporting chicken!
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Link Posted: 2/1/2001 7:38:24 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/1/2001 11:10:40 PM EDT
yeah, this is one of the most ridiculous miscarriages of pc "thoughtcrime" I've ever seen. Remember, kids: associating "guns" with "fun" is BAD.

the really scary thing is, I was listening to talk radio earlier today, and the kids' mother called in : turns out, they actually sent the kid to the "juvenile delinquent" school for 3 days. he wasn't just suspended, he was sent to a form of prison.
Gaaaaah

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Link Posted: 2/1/2001 11:39:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/1/2001 11:41:21 PM EDT by PoppinFresh]
Good thing it was a post ban chinkenfinger... lord only knows if he had an M203 attached before the bayonet... I can see the headlines now.  

"AN ASSUALT BBQ SAUCE GRENADE MAIMS ONE, MAKES ANOTHER TASTIER" rescuers claim!!!" - USAtoday

ARgghhh, Calgon, take me away! [puke]
Link Posted: 2/1/2001 11:47:25 PM EDT
was this a tyson foods product??? must not have been otherwise it would have been exempted and pardoned by klinton. the kid must have had a purdue chicken with the 30 egg mag...pat
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