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Chris James

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http://now.msn.com/lego-gun-may-get-joseph-cardosa-suspended-from-school

Can you believe this? Turn on the televison and you see stories about shootings, guns galore...the NRA must be so proud! And so a child builds a gun out of Legos. Here we are with a teachable moment but instead they seek to shame the poor kid and punish him.

Legos can allow some pretty artistic and expressive things to be built. Perhaps the school would have been proud if the boy had constructed a penis and balls, or how about a vagina? No wait, he made a toy gun...didn't know those were illegal, and in fact they are not. Maybe the kid was expressing his 2nd Ammendment rights, good luck with that in court.

This is not political correctness, it is paranoia and there is no place for that in the education business. Someone call the ACLU.

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This is such politically-correct bullshit... these school authorities have got to get it together. This is the kind of thing they're worried about? Worry about the guns that actually kill people, not something made of Lego. Jesus...

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I seriously doubt if this event is over. What if a psycologist or counselor talks to the boy and he says he made the Lego gun to feel safe because he thinks schools are dangerous?

I would encourage the parents to let a professional speak with the boy and determine why he felt the need to make that toy gun. Yes, it is a toy and not the real thing, but five year olds often have an advanced sense of fantasy and it would be good to know what's on the boy's mind. What would the poor kid do if he saw a teacher with a gun strapped to her hip? We don't need to encourage that kind of thinking.

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I had to suspend a kid for a toy gun, once. Only once.

It was a pellet gun that was so realistic that the other kids were scared, and his teacher had to call the cops. The cop held the pellet gun up to his own sidearm. They looked identical. The cop told us that if he saw someone with that pellet gun on the street, he would be forced to draw on them, and might end up shooting.

However, I have no problem with, say, guns made of folded notebook paper that are quite clearly two dimensional. Or big, orange and green cartoony toy guns. Or finger-guns. In fact, on the last day of school, I've been known to pack some water pistols, myself.

Why? Unspoken male telepathy. Observe:

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Visiting my childhood memories, I found that I had a 'cap' pistol which came with a coil of little dots of gunpowder which exploded, making a loud sound when the gun's hammer struck them. Strangely, my parents were unable to 'find' replacement coils when I had fired them all.

As kids from age of about 8 to 12, we used to play, cops and robbers, cowboys and indians, shooting each other with nothing more than our hands and fingers poised to imitate a gun. It was pretend 'play', often re-enacting the movies we had watched at the local cinema. We understood it was nothing more then pretense ; exactly like we had watched the actors in the movies 'pretend' they were cops, or robbers, or cowboys, or indians.

There were also prohibited 'toys' like wooden guns that fired rubber bands with great force, slingshots, and 'toy' bows and arrows. Most parents would not allow their kids to have such 'toys' which, were also banned at school.

At high school we could join the 'School Cadets' and fire real (army surplus) rifles. I never even asked my parents for permission to join that activity. Not only was I repulsed by the idea of firing the rifle, I had discovered other, more personal ways to shoot, that was much more fun.

As a child, I had toy plastic Buida-brix, which were supposed to encourage us to build houses and buildings. Not me, I built a stage in a theatre, and then I discovered I could use them to build little space ships and flying saucers which I used to 'bomb' the crap out of each other.

Again the emphasis here, is on the pretend play that was...is, the essence of childhood imagination and amusement. I would have run away from anything resembling a real fire-arm as my mother had well and truly informed me of their inherent danger.

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It is the school's role to educate its children.

Shielding them from reality is not educating them.

Children should be shielded from reality that they are unable to process. Playing shooting and hiding and that sort of games doesn't hurt them at all, and lets them feel powerful for a few minutes within their natual setting. Kids are able to imagine all sorts of things, and thereby learn to sort them out.

The lady said the kids might be scared if they see someone with a toy gun. If we're going to protect kids from learning to separate what's imaginative fun from reality, actual terror from play terror, we're doing a horrible job of getting them ready to be handle the world they'll inhabit.

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Just wait until the National Lego Association hears about this.

"Legos don't kill people. People...well, I guess Legos could be a choking hazard, actually. And they hurt like hell when you step on them in bare feet. I suppose you could melt them down, mold them into a plastic bullet, and shoot it out of a gun. But, really, who does that? Besides, the pressure and heat involved would melt the...wait, what were we talking about, again?"

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Voices of reason...let's hope they prevail:

http://news.yahoo.co...-195101197.html

Great article, Chris. Definitely the Voices of Reason. I played with toy guns when I was a little kid – but never at school (I went to a Catholic elementary school and "playing with guns" wasn't allowed). I have no desire to go out and shoot up a theater or a school.

Colin :icon_geek:

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My mommy told me never to point at someone because it was rude.

I often wonder if that was what made me gay, because when I reached puberty I started to point at all the guys and that led to me doing very rude, but nice things with them.

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