So, make this furriner understand: you have this zero tolerance policy for primary school kids making nonsensical decisions, and some of you have this idea that more guns should be in school to prevent another Newtown-like massacre?Ahem. Y(our) society appears to be suffering a multiple personality disorder.
@ mickey1339 In a playpark once, we saw a youngster, about age 7, with a small rubber or plastic dagger, about 15cms/6 inches long, playing some “catch-’em” game with his mates. A few of them had the usual pistols and the like. My wife & I raised our eyebrows as at times they were very aggressive but left them well alone as their parents were watching and kept our kid well away. But what we were astounded by was when later, in the usual scuffle & shoving for a place at the slide, the kid repeatedly stabbed another kid, who had shoved his way in front of him, with his rubber/plastic dagger. I had to step in to prevent the 2nd kid getting injured. Nary a reproving word from the aggressor’s mother.Now, kids will use twigs & branches and pretend they’re rifles, guns, swords or knives; I get that. We’ve been doing that since year dot, emulating our past need to hunt etc.
I get it that zero tolerance policies are designed to make kids understand that weapons are bad, even pretend ones. But when we, as a society, make toy weapons to look so realistic, allow our kids to enact games where hand to hand combat is emulated (sword play can be included), never-mind distant non-personal killing (guns), but at the same time in our schools then tell them it is bad to draw guns, or make our fingers or pop tarts look like guns…what exactly are we telling our kids?
I know: That our primary school teachers should be armed, too. :-|