This is a discussion on kid with toy soldiers- banned in school within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by msgt/ret EarthLink - Top News Very cool! Glad someone recognized the young boy!...
Now if we could get others to rethink their Zero Intelligence (tolerance) policies.RI school to alter policy that banned soldier hat
COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) — The superintendent of a Rhode Island school district that banned a second-grader's homemade hat because it displayed toy soldiers with tiny guns said Saturday he will work to change the policy to allow such apparel.
Ken Di Pietro said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that the no-weapons policy shouldn't limit student expression, especially when students are depicting "tools of a profession or service," such as the military or police.
"The event exposed how a policy meant to ensure safe environments for students can become restrictive and can present an image counter to the work of our schools to promote patriotism and democracy," Di Pietro said.
David Morales, an 8-year-old student at Tiogue School, made the hat after choosing a patriotic theme for a school project last week. He glued plastic Army figures to a camouflage baseball cap. But school officials banned the hat, saying the guns carried by the Army figures violated school policy.
The decision prompted criticism of the school and support for Morales. On Friday, the boy received a medal from Lt. Gen. Reginald Centracchio, the retired head of the Rhode Island National Guard. Centracchio said Morales should be thanked for recognizing veterans and soldiers.
"You did nothing wrong, and you did an outstanding job," Centracchio told the boy.
Di Pietro said Centracchio met with school officials and asked them to change the policy, and Di Pietro agreed to work with the school committee on a revision. Di Pietro said the incident obscured the district's strong support for the military.
When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
"Don't forget, incoming fire has the right of way."
Wow, thats good news. I'm curious to see how the revised policy will read.