Caitlin Miller, a kindergartner who is just five years old, was playing a game of “King and Queens” with her friends when she found something that looked like fun on the school playground. Unfortunately, after she picked up her new treasure, school officials went berserk, forcing the child’s mother to defend her.
In the game, little Caitlin was a guard. It was her job to guard the Queen. She looked down in the playground dirt and found a simple stick to use as a prop. After innocently brandishing the stick as an imaginary “weapon,” school officials leaped into absurd action.
“One minute she’s playing with her friends, and the next her teachers are dragging her to the principal’s office,” the girl’s mom said, according to NY Daily News. “She’s confused. Nobody’s explaining anything to her.”
The school suspended Caitlin and stated that it stands by the decision because it does “not tolerate assaults, threats or harassment from any student.” Apparently, when a 5-year-old finds a “gun-shaped” stick on the ground, they are not allowed to play with it.
School officials are truly taking the hard-line approach with this little girl, making the following statement:
“Hoke County Schools will not tolerate assaults, threats or harassment from any student,” officials said. “Any student engaging in such behavior will be removed from the classroom or school environment for as long as is necessary to provide a safe and orderly environment for learning.” [Source: The Blaze]
Caitlin’s mother says that teachers should have explained to the girl what she had done wrong rather than immediately dropping a suspension on her. She reports that Caitlin was alienated by her friends and teachers and remains confused by the entire affair.
If these do-gooder government employees were so worried about sticks being used as pretend guns, why didn’t they clean them up from the playground, to begin with? Through the public education system, your tax dollars support this kind of absurdity.