The old adage that "boys will be boys" doesn't mean much anymore -- especially in schools that owe their allegiance to Political Correctness.
I don't understand how teachers today can't understand that students, both boys and girls, can be so immature that they act out in irresponsible ways.
Why is it so surprising to teachers when students, especially young boys who have not matured yet, behave in a way that's uncalled for.
And no, I'm not making excuses for bullies or violent behavior -- I'm talking about kids acting innocently and not thinking when being kids.
Take for example the South Carolina high school freshman who was arrested, and suspended for using the word "gun" in classroom assignment.
On August 24, 2014, it was reported that a South Carolina high school student was arrested and suspended after handing in a class assignment in which he wrote about killing his "neighbor’s pet dinosaur" with a "gun" he purchased to "take care of the business."
Freshman Alex Stone said it was only a joke. But what he didn't understand is that in today's schools words are banned -- especially the word "gun"
And yes, I can't help but wonder what the school would have done if their students had to write about the Minute Men who carried "guns"?
Or if they had to write about the bombing of Pearl Harbor and tell the story of how the sailors and Marines ran to man the ship's "guns"?
In an America where teachers are no longer educators and are instead Political Correctness Police, more and more we see why schools are failing.
Alex's mother, Karen Gray, was irate after hearing about her son being arrested for such silliness.
Mrs. Gray said Summerville High School administrators acted rashly when they reported her son to cops last Tuesday on the second day of school.
"I could understand if they made him rewrite it because he did have ‘gun’ in it. But a pet dinosaur?" Mrs. Gray told CBS affiliate WCSC.
"I mean first of all, we don’t have dinosaurs anymore. Second of all, he’s not even old enough to buy a gun."
Alex, 16, got in trouble after he and his classmates were told to write a Facebook-like update about themselves in a few sentences.
And no, don't think Alex has not learned a lesson here.
"I regret it because they put it on my record, but I don’t see the harm in it," Alex told the station.
"I think there might have been a better way of putting it, but I think me writing like that, it shouldn’t matter unless I put it out toward a person."
Yes, instead of telling him to rewrite his paper -- he was arrested. Yes, even a 16 year old can see the absurdity in not asking him to simply rewrite his assignment or being arrested.
His lawyer, David Aylor, said in a statement Thursday that Alex’s arrest “is a perfect example of ‘political correctness’ that has exceeded the boundaries of common sense.”
After cops were called they searched Alex's locker and book bag. The school suspended Alex for three days. He returns to school Monday.
To no one's surprise the Summerville Police Department defended the arrest.
They said Alex was charged with disorderly conduct when he became disruptive after school officials confronted him about what he wrote.
"The charges do not stem from anything involving a dinosaur or writing assignment, but the student’s conduct," said Capt. Jon Rogers in a statement, according to WCSC.
So let's see, the police were called because he wrote the word "gun" in a writing assignment and because he protested -- he was arrested.
It amazes me to think what our schools are teaching our children these days.
They fail to understand that the lesson Alex learned by their over-reaction to enforce political correctness is one that Alex will surely remember all of his life.
The police, the school, the teacher involved gave Alex a lesson in absurdity -- the quality or state of being ridiculous or wildly unreasonable.
It is a lesson that Alex will most likely remember when dealing with their ilk in the future.
And yes, that's just the way I see it.