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Seven-year-old punished at school for bringing in souvenir shell casing

Editors Opinion – This is two things in all likelihood.  The first is another example of zero tolerance run a muck.  Right on par with a child suspended for a gun shaped pop tart or considering twirling a pencil making a gun threat!  The second is likely ignorance!  It is likely that the idiots running this school really do believe some how an empty piece of brass can actually pose some sort of threat.  I mean I have had box store employees tell me you can’t bring a propane tank for your grill that you are exchanging inside the store because and I shit you not, “it might blow up”.

As an NRA Member I was at one time sent a replica of a piece of 45 APC ammunition, it was a solid piece of metal with a signature of Charlton Heston engraved on it.  The keys themselves represented a greater threat than this little fob.  Yet it took 10 minutes to convince an airline security person that it wasn’t dangerous and it was okay for it to be on the plane.  Oh by the way, this was BEFORE 9-11, about 1999 if I remember correctly.  So yes likely ignorance and zero tolerance both combine on this one.

The fact is this empty piece of brass posses less of a threat to student safety then the school lunches this place feeds this kids.  This is what happens when people make rules for things they are ignorant about.

Source – Fox4KC

“NORBORNE, Mo. — Sherry Falke  said her seven-year-old son came home from school Tuesday crying hysterically. She thinks the school went overboard with a punishment her son received at s bringing in a souvenir shell casing.

“He felt it in his pocket, and he took it out and was showing some of his friends at school,” Falke explained.

She says her son Zane forgot he left the shell casing in his pocket, a souvenir he received at the 9/11 ceremony from the VFW in Carrollton, given to him and his Cub Scout group.

“The principal proceeded to reprimand him as though he were bringing live ammunition to school. I understand that’s in the policy, in the handbook, that they can’t bring guns to school, I fully support that, but it’s an empty blank casing,” Falke added.

Zane’s teacher took the shell casing, and took him to the principal’s office. Falke says they told Zane he could be suspended from school for 10 days, but instead gave him a silent lunch where he sat by himself, and missed two recesses.

“In today’s society, unfortunately, we do have to be concerned with those types of things in schools,” said Dr. Roger Feagan, the superintendent of the Norborne R-VIII School District.

He says while the shell casing is not a huge deal, the safety and security of students is their number one priority.

“Though this seems minor, if we don’t handle the minor things, they can unfortunately escalate into major things down the road,” added Dr. Feagan.”

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