From all the way across the pond, FWIW’s Irish correspondent espied this latest bit of idiocy. Kindergartener suspended for threatening to bring her Hello Kitty bubble gun to school and shoot herself, classmates.
MOUNT CARMEL – A 5-year-old kindergarten student at Mount Carmel Area Elementary School was suspended last week for allegedly telling classmates she was going to shoot them and herself with her pink Hello Kitty Bubbles Gun.
She was reportedly questioned for three hours before her mother was contacted, said Robin Ficker, 69, an attorney from Bethesda, Md., who is representing the family.
“This is an innocent child who was made to cry while being questioned for three hours about something she said that she doesn’t even understand,” he said.
Ficker said the girl, who did not have the toy in her possession at school, was initially suspended for 10 days by Mount Carmel Area Elementary School Principal Susan Nestico in what the school classified as a “terroristic threat.” The suspension was later reduced to two days and labeled a “threat to harm others.”
During a telephone interview with The News-Item Friday, Ficker said the 5-year-old girl was playing with two friends while waiting in line for the bus while still inside her classroom and spoke about her Hello Kitty gun, which shoots bubbles.
Ficker said the kindergartner mentioned she was going to shoot one of her friends and then herself with the bubble gun so that they could all be together. Then, she was going to shoot herself again when she got home.
Ficker said someone at the school became aware of the conversation and reported it to administrators. The next day, the attorney claims, officials at the elementary school questioned her for three hours before suspending her. Ficker claimed the girl’s mother wasn’t contacted about the incident until after the girl was questioned.
Two thoughts: Tar, feathers; home schooling. Okay, a third thought: this is what’s produced by a modern day advanced degree in education.
UPDATE: Oh, this is just too good. Here’s all you need to know about this assistant principal, Susan Nestico.
And so it began. About three weeks ago marked day one of a journey on the academic highway to a second Master of Science degree, this time in Educational Leadership. While I am a teacher, I am first a learner, so these opportunities are intrinsically motivating for me. Learning is something I am most passionate about and never pass up the opportunity to learn more, do well and be better.
For some time, others, including my own superiors, have occasionally commented, “You’d make a good principal. Are you going to get your certification?” I can easily visualize myself in that role as I have teacher-led a number of technology efforts in our districts, I help oversee a variety of programs, and I lead students by example in teaching from a global perspective with many real-life participatory citizenship opportunities. I’ve affected change somewhat among my students. I get a bit dreamy and euphoric about it, you know. I think, “Heck yes, I can make a difference!”
And there’s this:
ABOUTPositive, progressive, public high school Social Studies teacher committed to making the best of my students’ time in my classroom [or while being grilled in the detention cell - Ed] through all things technology, digital citizenship, and global collaboration.