The anti-gun hysteria in U.S. public schools continues apace. In the past week at least two boys have been suspended for bringing something resembling a firearm onto school grounds, notwithstanding the fact that neither of them posed any threat to other students and one boy’s “gun” consisted solely of his thumb and index finger.
On September 26, 12-year-old Joseph Lyssikatos got the heave-ho from administrators at Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School in Coventry, Rhode Island, for the crime of showing up at school with a pistol-shaped keychain that he won at an arcade.
Joseph told Providence TV station WJAR that the keychain, which “is slightly larger than a quarter,” fell out of his backpack at school, whereupon “a classmate picked it up and started showing it to other students.”
“This boy was the one waving it or showing it to other kids. Not Joseph. Joseph wasn’t doing that so why weren’t both of them reprimanded?” Joseph’s mother, Bonnie Bonanno, told the station.
An eagle-eyed teacher “confiscated” the keychain, reported WJAR, “and before Joseph knew it, he was suspended” for three days for violating the school’s zero-tolerance policy regarding firearms. On top of that, he was also barred from attending a class field trip.
“That’s disgraceful,” Bonanno said, “because, OK, being suspended for three days, and this big punishment is enough for him mentally.”
“I’m missing the NECAP [New England Common Assessment Program] testing and I’m in advanced math so I’m going to have to re-do all the homework I’m going to miss for advanced math,” Joseph told WJAR. And as everyone knows, any kid who worries about missing out on tests and homework is undoubtedly a huge threat to his classmates.
In a statement, the school said: “Because this is a student discipline issue, we cannot comment on any specifics.” All they would say is that the principal determines suspensions.
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