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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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.
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.