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Posted: 6/22/2003 12:53:05 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/22/2003 12:57:26 AM EDT by The_Macallan]
[url=http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/933470/posts]Punishment Upheld for Kindergartner Who Imagined Finger as Gun[/url](freeper link) SAYREVILLE, N.J., June 21 ? The Sayreville school district did not violate the civil rights of a kindergartner it suspended three years ago for pretending his hand was a gun and threatening to shoot his friends as they played during recess, a federal appeals court has ruled. The ruling, issued Thursday by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia and first reported in The Home News Tribune of East Brunswick, affirmed a federal court decision last year. In that decision, a Federal District Court in Newark had dismissed a lawsuit filed by the boy's parents. The parents, Scot and Cassandra Garrick, sued the school district after their son and three other pupils at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School were suspended for three days after an incident on March 15, 2000. The children were playing at the time, pretending that their fingers were guns and saying to one another, "I want to shoot you." Their words were overheard by classmates, who told teachers. The suspensions, part of the district's "zero tolerance" policy on violence, came just two weeks after a Michigan first grader killed a classmate with a handgun he had taken to school. The Garricks were the only parents to bring a civil suit against the district. They sought unspecified damages and wanted the suspension removed from their son's permanent record. The Garricks enrolled their child in private school after the incident. The court ruled that the district had not violated the Garrick boy's rights to free speech and due process. It said there must be a balance between the "freedom to advocate unpopular and controversial views in the classroom" and "society's countervailing interest in teaching students the boundaries of socially appropriate behavior." The superintendent of schools, Dennis Fyffe, called the ruling a victory for the district. "These students were suspended under the school policy that deals with general school behavior," Mr. Fyffe told The Home News Tribune. "This was not cops and robbers." Nisha N. Mohammed, a spokeswoman for the Rutherford Institute, a conservative Virginia-based nonprofit group that is representing the Garricks, said the parents were outraged by the ruling and were determined to appeal.
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The brainwashing of this generation is nearly complete. The well-conditioned, hyperirrational hysterical reaction to anything even remotely associated with firearms is now obvious. Zero tolerance = zero intelligence. [V] [i]The court ruled that the district had not violated the Garrick boy's rights to free speech and due process. It said there must be a balance between the "freedom to advocate unpopular and controversial views in the classroom" and "society's countervailing interest in teaching students the boundaries of socially appropriate behavior."[/i] These were 5-year old kids [b]PLAYING!!![/b] They weren't "advocating unpopular and controversial views" they were P-L-A-Y-I-N-G !!! [stick] [i]"The Garricks enrolled their child in private school after the incident." [/i] The ONLY silver lining in this entire idiotic episode.
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 1:00:37 AM EDT
But it is "socialy appropriate behavior" to allow this same child to watch a prime time homosexual dating show. Duhmocratic thinking at it's finest.
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[Last Edit: 6/22/2003 2:25:54 AM EDT by TigerStripe]
It's a wuss excuse used by schools so as not to have to explain decisions, especially parents. Mom, "Why did you do "x" to my kid when he did this and when little Josh X did the same thing he was punished in manner "y"? The response should be, "M'am, you're son is a thug and I see him all the time for discipline and little Josh X is normally a well behave student." TS Edited to add this is my Civil War post.
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 1:48:34 AM EDT
All I can say is that it happened in the socialistic paradise of New Jersey(may it sink into the earth).
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 2:21:15 AM EDT
WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
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Link Posted: 6/22/2003 3:49:24 AM EDT
I heard that on the news this morning. I just about fell out of my chair. Amazing.
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 3:54:10 AM EDT
Originally Posted By TREETOP: Unbelievable.
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Nope......VERY BELIEVABLE! And it ought to scare the $HIT out of us all. If this behavior, which was once "Good", is now labeled "Bad".....AND IS PUNISHABLE, what behavior is next? If I had a nickle for everytime I played like that as a kid....I'd be a millionaire! And now the "Finger Gun" is a punishable offense? There's proof that the "standards" of society have failed. But "YES", it's now perfectly acceptable "to allow this same child to watch a prime time homosexual dating show." YES.......YOU GOT IT! SAD isn't it? I say, if they want to label this kid as a criminal then a criminal they should get!!! I'll donate $5 to set this kid up in a bootleg Lemonade stand! And I"ll back him up with my own "GunFinger"!!!!! "YOU'LL NEVER TAKE US ALIVE!, COPPERS!!"
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 3:58:19 AM EDT
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