…to even talk about guns at school or on a school bus:
The father of a middle schooler in Calvert County, Md. says his 11-year-old son was suspended for 10 days for merely talking about guns on the bus ride home.
Bruce Henkelman of Huntingtown says his son, a sixth grader at Northern Middle School in Owings, was talking with friends about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre when the bus driver hauled him back to school to be questioned by the principal, Darrel Prioleau.
According to the father, what was his son’s crime? Was he threatening anyone? Not unless you call this a threat:
“He said, I wish I had a gun to protect everyone. He wanted to defeat the bad guys. That’s the context of what he said,” Henkelman said. “He wanted to be the hero.”
The boy was questioned by the principal and a sheriff’s deputy, who also wanted to search the family home without a warrant, Henkelman said. “He started asking me questions about if I have firearms, and [the deputy said] he’s going to have to search my house.
To its credit, the ACLU seems to be backing the father up in his story, and protesting the boy’s suspension.
Next up: the Thought Police, enforcing penalties against thoughtcrime, coming to a school near you.
Now, why would anyone think they’re trying to take citizens’ guns away?
ADDENDUM: On a lighter note, a comment here by “MollyNH” made me recall how often we played with toy guns in our Western-oriented youth. Didn’t seem to hurt us any.
Here’s the very young neo in her previous cowgirl life. The holsters don’t show in this picture, but I had em, along with the cap pistols and the caps, which made a satisfying and aromatic bang: