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    Quote Originally Posted by fuchsiasky View Post
    I have some big problems with guns, gun culture and gunplay. We don't allow toy guns in our home because we feel they are tools and not toys. And gunplay adds to the idea that they are toys. Also some of them look really real. I don't think they need to be in schools.

    But, if a kid wants to play guns they will. There is nothing anyone can do about that. A reminder that gunplay is not for school should suffice. Suspending someone for pretending is crazy.
    You don't allow toy guns in your home because they are tools? Not sure why that makes sense? You don't allow toy tools in your home?
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    I think with these suspensions they are missing opportunities for real conversations about violence and weapons, and completely misplacing their focus. Suspending little kids for pretending to shoot with their fingers or Legos is not going to change the violence in this country one iota, it's just going to whip people into a frenzy for no reason.
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    The whole concept of trying to control a child's imagination boggles my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    The whole concept of trying to control a child's imagination boggles my mind.
    I don't see it as controling a child's imagination. I see it as teaching them that there is a proper place & time for certain things, and school is not the place or time for gun play. It's helping them learn self-control and appropriate public behavior, and we already do it all the time with other things. We teach them not to fondle themselves at school, which is something that is perfectly acceptable at other times & in other places. We teach them not to bite one another at school; even if that's how they play with siblings at home, it's not acceptable at school. We teach them to sit still and be quiet when others are talking, regardless of whether their parents enforce that kind of thing at home. I see no difference in teaching a child that gun play at school is not acceptable. Do it at home, do it with your siblings or with your like-minded friends, just not at school.
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    I agree it is not controlling imagination at all.

    There is a time and a place for everything. School is not the time to promote violent behaviors.

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    I have no issue with the schools having rules about no fake weapons play. I DO have issue with suspending little kids because of it, instead of using those moments to have discussions about WHY it's a rule, and what's important about it. Suspending kids for behavior like that doesn't help anybody and doesn't change anything in terms of how we view violence. Having a rule about it and discussing it as it comes up? To me, that is helpful.
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