From our “Stop Being Cowards, Will Ya?” file

From our “Stop Being Cowards, Will Ya?” file February 3, 2015

Nine year old Texas boy suspended for “terrorism” for bringing One Ring to school

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  • Rob B.

    Once again, I find myself wishing that Texas would just secede from the Union…

    • Sue Korlan

      We didn’t let them leave when we had the chance. The US Constitution allows for states to be added but not for them to remove themselves once they have joined.

      • Rob B.

        Texas should never have been Reconstructed. There is a secession clause in its state constitution, if I recall correctly…

        • D.T. McCameron

          if I recall correctly…

          You don’t, but so few do, it’s nothing to feel bad about. I suspect there’s a conspiracy so that should the topic ever arise in earnest, the matter will be settled swiftly with everyone relying on common knowledge, being too busy to look it up.

          http://youtu.be/S92fTz_-kQE

          It does raise a question as to why this particular union of “States” should be eternal and indissoluble. Seems like thumbing one’s nose at fate, to me.

          • Rob B.

            Thank you for the fraternal correction.

            • D.T. McCameron

              Thank you for your magnanimity. My comment seemed pissy in retrospect.

              • Rob B.

                I try to give the benefit of the doubt to those who post. God knows I need it from them when I post… 🙂

    • Raphael

      …because you read something stupid done by a school administrator in a tiny town, in a news story that may very well be misreporting the facts? That kind of thing meets your threshold for wanting a bloody civil war to begin? Presumably you’re being facetious. Still, I’ve lived in Texas for many years, and my kids go to school in a town much smaller than Kermit. It is, on the whole, a very decent place to live, and inhabited by rational, good-willed people. It’s not just full of the wing nuts and secessionists the media choose to portray, as people who live here know. Is that something that needs to be said? Apparently so.

      • Rob B.

        I am being facetious. Lighten up.

  • Andy

    Interesting a pretend ring of power is a terrorist possibility, a gun not so much. And then people who are all gun rights wonder why there is so much concern about them. .

    • Alma Peregrina

      Have you ever seen LOTR? Those rings are dangerous…

      • Andy

        I actually have one of the original pirated copies of LOTR on my bookshelves – I love the books and enjoyed the movies. And Gandalf was right magic rings are rare and should be used on lightly’

    • Rob B.

      Actually, this is also how school administrators treat fake guns…

      http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/04/us/ohio-boy-suspended-finger-gun/

      • S. Murphy

        Ah, so the real problem isn’t rings or guns… it’s FINGERS!

        • Rob B.

          Fingers, half-eaten sandwiches, sticks on the playground, you name it!

          • S. Murphy

            Yeah, but they couldn’t pick up the sticks or sandwiches without fingers… think about it. If we got rid of fingers, all this would end – and also textingwhilecrashing, most online bullying, and um, yeah.

    • Cypressclimber

      If the boy had made reference to using a gun in relation to another student, no one would be mocking the school for moving swiftly. Maybe if the schools learned how to distinguish between real, meaningful threats, and alternate-universe threats, they might do better against the ones that matter.

      This isn’t about gun rights.

      • Andy

        Texas us now considering a aw to allow teachers to use deadly force to protect schol property. In Texas guns and gun rights are more important it seems then people, so yes the comparison between pretend rings if power and ral guns is apt.

        • Cypressclimber

          Is the proposed law actually about defending property — as opposed to fending off dangerous people? If so, I’d appreciate a link to such an astonishing proposal, that it’s lawful to kill to prevent vandalism or non-armed robbery of a school.

          • Andy

            It is HB 868 – allows teachers to use deadly force on students in the event of violence towards others an d to protect school property. – There were several articles about it – I am on my iPad right now so I will send you the links tomorrow when I can “multi-app”.

            • Cypressclimber

              OK, so what part of that do you object to? All of it? It’s not clear to me why having someone in a school trained and able to use a firearm — in extreme circumstances — is so terrible. How do you suppose they eventually deal with shooters who invade schools? I suppose it may be too loosely worded — as if to say, they can shoot someone stealing paper towel rolls (“property”) but I’m skeptical about that.

              • Andy

                First – trained police do not always respond well to a “violent” issue – not a race comment, nor an attack on the police, so please don’t say it is – and it the job of the police to know how to respond. Second what is violence – what are extreme circumstances – the law is vague about that at best. Third the role of teachers is to teach – a job that is hard enough without “packing heat” in case of violence. Finally although stealing a roll of paper towels seems to me rather “benign’ who knows how someone else will act. Finally the held safe concept – even if a mistake is made the teacher is held safe – I object to all of it.
                If we want armed personnel in a school – hire armed security guards, have them properly trained. But damn that might cost money, so lets arm non-well trained folks. And you are OK with that? IF so then we will have to disagree.

                • Cypressclimber

                  Well, I wanted to understand your objections, so I appreciate your fuller explanation. And I agree, police don’t always handle the situation well. Which leads me to say that it’s not especially concerning to me to know that teachers or administrators or coaches or people with any other job description in a school might be authorized to handle a weapon in the case of need. I.e., I don’t assume they will do worse than the police. If calling these folks “security guards” is better; fine. (I’m not sure that most “security guards” are all that well trained either.)

                  As far as cost…we spend a fortune on public schools — much of it misspent — so I’m pretty sure we could find the money in existing budgets. Replace one or two administrators with highly trained guards at the exact same salary.

                  By the way, the reason I’m not as concerned about an alleged lack of training is because the facts don’t seem to bear out that there’s a problem. We’ve had concealed-carry in a lot of states for a lot of years; and the explosion of problems that was predicted by opponents to concealed-carry (I’m not assuming that includes you, btw) hasn’t happened. No, not zero problems–zero is unrealistic–but the reported problems are pretty low.

                  That suggests the training they are receiving is pretty good; or else the need for training is overstated.

    • Artevelde

      It’s alright .. just slip the ring on … rings don’t corrupt men, other men do.

  • Cypressclimber

    I have to disagree. The Ring of Power is a mortal threat to us all, and school administrators are to be commended for their vigilance against it.

    • Andy

      Then shouldn’t they send it to Mount Doom and not to suspension or is there a desire on their part to obtain it?

      • Alma Peregrina

        The child wasn’t sent on a quest to Mount Doom, which would be the sensible thing to do. So there’s your answer right there.

        I bet the school pantry is filled with orcs.

        • Andy

          Orcs may be there – but the Nazgul are where?

          • Rob B.

            The administration wing…

            • Andy

              Will Saurun be there, and how will we know? I assume that Gollum is lurking on the staircase?

              • Rob B.

                Sauron is at district headquarters, in the superintendant’s office. Gollum’s the creepy janitor (every public school has one)…

                • Andy

                  Who then is Wormtounge? I guess it would be the Director of Student Services?

                  • Rob B.

                    Ehhh, he’s more likely a guidance counselor. Saruman is in charge of Student Services, writing up IEPs and 504 plans for students who don’t really need them…

                    • Andy

                      Saruman is writing them badly for those who need them as well – to save money just as writing them of those don’t need them makes money.

                    • Rob B.

                      Yeah, probably. I’m still trying to figure out a position for Denethor, though. Thoughts?

                    • K. Lundquist

                      Denethor’s the old, depressed, cynical social studies/history teacher who just lets the whole crisis spiral around him while he hopes he can hang on long enough to retire with his full pension.

                    • Rob B.

                      Gee, that sounds a little too much like me. I hope my story doesn’t end with me setting myself ablaze out of despair… 🙂

                      Shelob is obvious — cafeteria lady…

                    • Sue Korlan

                      Not a chance at my school. The kids call her Grandma.

                    • Rob B.

                      Lucky them! 🙂

                    • Andy

                      I was going to suggest Math teacher but Social Studies works just as well.

  • Michaelus

    In my state the kids know better than to express any individuality or mention anything at all to teachers, heroic first responders and school paramilitary officers.

  • Alma Peregrina

    Good thing he was suspended. He was a thief! Horrible, nasty thievseses! He stole it, he stole it, the precious! It was MINE… precious, the precious…

  • iamlucky13

    “Once again, Texas proves that it is an embarrassment to the nation.”

    You know, there are articles on this story available from actual news outlets, as opposed to clickbait spamming sites like addictinginfo that feel a compulsive need to make slurs against tens of millions of people of a very wide variety of backgrounds.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/texas-boy-suspended-bringing-ring-power-school-article-1.2099103

    • Andy

      Other than the comments about Texas – both report the same information.

      • iamlucky13

        In other words, there is no reason at all to support addictinginfo with more ad views.

        • Andy

          I think that addictinginfo, something I had never heard of before is not a site I would link to – I saw this info on RawStory,TPM, CNN and one or two other sites. I know nothing of addictinginfos MO so to speak are they liberal, conservative, satire – I don’t know. There are many sites I don’t like that are taken as gospel by one group or another – I don’t know that Mark’s use of them really gives them much credence.

  • Jonk

    Schools are sexist. They drug boys until they stop acting like boys, and, should they still manage to step out of line, they become terrified of such behavior and suspend them.

    • Alma Peregrina

      No. Schools aren’t sexist. They are racist. I bet that an elf could get away with it, but should a human child desire the One Ring everyone just goes nooooooooo.

  • D.T. McCameron

    Penny Arcade covered the topic with due and deserved attention.
    http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2015/02/04/precautions

  • Joseph

    Texas guy, here. The person who wrote that article is a d*ck. This *one* elementary school in a state 20x larger than Vermont or New Hampshire… wherever the hell he lives (where elementary schools suspend children for pointing their fingers and making gun noises with their mouths or pointing bananas at other schoolmate)… does not represent the state. I hate @ssholes like this.
    .
    As for the contents of the story, after purging all of the really stupid Texas comments, poor kid. If schools in Texas like this one wasn’t in such a hurry to adopt the PC characteristics of the education systems in New England, this wouldn’t have happened.