Child Suspended From School For Miming Shooting An Arrow


Rights group intervenes in ludicrous ‘zero tolerance policy’ trend

Steve Watson

A 10-year-old has been suspended from school and threatened with expulsion for firing a make-believe arrow at a classmate, prompting a rights group to step in and demand the incident be stricken from the record.

The Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties watchdog group, has intervened in the case of Johnny Jones, a fifth grader at South Eastern Middle School in Fawn Grove, Pa., who found himself in trouble after violating the school’s zero tolerance policy on weapons by miming the action of shooting an arrow from a bow with only his hands.

According to the report, Jones was in class when a classmate held up his folder like an imaginary gun and “shot” at him while he was retrieving a pencil from the teacher. When Jones drew back the strings of an imaginary bow and “shot” back, a girl in the class altered the teacher.

The teacher then passed the matter on to the principal, saying that “firearms” had been involved in the play fighting. Sure enough, instead of using common sense, the principal suspended Jones for a day, contacted the boy’s parents, and threatened expulsion for “making a threat” to another student using a “replica or representation of a firearm”.

A portion of The Rutherford Institute’s letter to the school regarding the case.

Demanding a response by December 13, The Rutherford Institute’s letter (PDF) states “We request that you rescind the suspension and immediately remove all reference to it from Johnny’s permanent school record.”

“There is no reason that Johnny should be stigmatized and branded a miscreant due to the school’s unreasonable application of its zero tolerance policy against him,” notes the letter, signed by Rutherford Senior Staff Attorney Douglas R. McKusick.

The group routinely intervenes in such cases. President John W. Whitehead, describes the school’s response to the incident and others like it as an ongoing effort to “criminalize childish behavior and punish all offenses severely, no matter how minor or non-threatening the so-called infraction may have been.”

“We all want to keep the schools safe, but I’d far prefer to see something credible done about actual threats, rather than this ongoing, senseless targeting of imaginary horseplay,” he added.

While the school district’s zero-tolerance policy encompasses a prohibition of almost any kind of weapon, Rutherford attorneys state that it is ludicrous to consider an imagined weapon a violation of the policy.

“No reasonable argument can be made that the imaginings from the mind of a 10-year-old boy, completely lacking any actual, tangible device, represented a ‘replica’ or a ‘look-alike’ of an actual gun,” they write.

“This atrocious misapplication of rules originally intended to protect students while on school grounds is foolish and actually damages the futures of the children meant to be protected. Moreover, Johnny’s rights were trampled without the due consideration.” the letter concludes.

Once again, these daily incidents all across the country highlight how, in many cases, positions of authority in society have been filled by spineless jellyfish who would rather see kids grow up as mindless automatons than experience the joy of youthful imagination.


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, and He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.

With permission
Source: Infowars

  • desertspeaks

    more of eric holders brainwashing to make people fear guns..

  • PGTF

    Obviously neither the teacher nor the principal know the difference between play and violence.

    Violence is what cops would do to the teacher and principal if they behaved like the idiots that they are during a routine traffic stop.

    Play is what the media does to the general public on a daily basis.

    You do not waste your time trying to explain logic to dullards. This is the kind of business that when men were men, was typically resolved in a parking lot.

  • Gordon Klock

    Messing with kids for political reasons,(often behind the parents back) & they play these blatantly ridiculous fear games.Why are these people even allowed to be alone with children in the first place? (their malevolence is obvious)

  • Justin

    They were afraid he’d incite an Indian uprising?

  • It is I only

    What is needed here, is that some concerned people take a baseball bat & have a robust conversation with those kind of teachers & principals!
    When that will become common knowledge, then this type of idiocies will stop!
    There’s is nothing like the sight of a baseball bat to implement a logical thinking in a libtard. Except maybe a 12 gauge shotgun!

  • dslarsen

    Why is it that parents are forced to surrender their children to be “educated” by a confederation of idiots?

  • Chipper

    Schools are behavioral “science ” labs and indoctrination job rewards meted out to good little sycophant mediocrities of the Ministry of Truth. Given a choice, a REAL choice no one would sit in a room like a prisoner for 6 hours five days a week for the torture time provided by repeater know nothings to exercise looking the fools they are.

  • R.Sooriamoorthy

    That’s the US, the land where children are not allowed to play, but where teachers have the right to be morons and where pigs are rewarded for murdering human beings.