Monday, June 2, 2008

Zero Tolerance = Zero Intelligence

Yet another week, yet another Outrage of the Week from the NRA.

Not surprisingly, this one deals with a school, a "zero-tolerance" policy gone horribly irrational, and the state of Massachusetts – once the cradle of freedom – now one of the hotbeds of the Anti-Civil Rights movement. In this case Winchendon, Massachusetts fourth-grader Bradley Geslak "was suspended from Toy Town Elementary School for bringing a Memorial Day souvenir to school." The souvenir – an expended blank cartridge from the town’s Memorial Day celebration. That’s right folks, it’s not a weapon, it’s not even a cartridge for a weapon, it’s an EXPENDED BLANK. When is this insanity going to end?

The youngster was suspended for 5 days for effectively holding this expended cartridge at lunch. According to his mother, Crystal Geslak:

"He was just playing with it at lunch. He wasn't showing it to anyone; he had it in his hand and was playing with it...

"I was totally shocked. I couldn’t believe this was happening. It was just an empty shell, not even from a real bullet. A sharpened pencil would be more dangerous than this piece of metal.

"He was so proud to have been given them. His dad’s a veteran, his uncle’s a veteran, both his grandfathers are veterans. Memorial Day is a big thing to us. It’s a very important holiday and we have a big celebration every year."

So you think that would be the worst of it, but no, the irrationality of this school district goes even deeper. Her son will now have a “weapon-related suspension” on his record and Bradley may have a probation officer, yes a PROBATION OFFICER, assigned to him.

If you agree that this is an outrage and would like to express your concern over the handling of this issue (or the fact that it was an issue at all), the NRA website provided the following contact information:


To leave a voice message for Brooke Clenchy, Superintendent of Schools, please call 978-297-0031.

I’m going to be leaving a politely worded, yet pointed message as soon as I can get my blood pressure back down to normal...

Until next time!

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