Outrage Of The Week - Mass school expels 10yo over brass case

Outrage Of The Week - Mass school expels 10yo over brass case

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    Outrage Of The Week

    This week’s outrage comes to us from Winchendon, Massachusetts where, in yet another case of “zero-tolerance” enforcement defying common sense, fourth-grader Bradley Geslak was suspended from Toy Town Elementary School for bringing a Memorial Day souvenir to school.

    According to a May 29, Telegram.com article, a uniformed veteran gave the 10-year-old two empty rifle shell casings from blanks used during the town’s Memorial Day celebration Monday morning. Bradley gave one of the empty casings to his grandfather and kept the other as a souvenir. The trouble began when he took his souvenir to school the next day.

    “He was just playing with it at lunch,” explained Crystal Geslak, Bradley’s mother. “He wasn't showing it to anyone; he had it in his hand and was playing with it.”

    A teacher saw him with the harmless piece of brass and confiscated it. Ms. Geslak was then called at work and told to come and pick up her son, who had been suspended for five days!

    Ms. Geslak arrived at the school to find her son in tears. “I was totally shocked. I couldn’t believe this was happening,” she said. “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,” Ms. Geslak said.

    Ms. Geslak, who will be forced to miss work in order to stay home with her son, says she is worried about what having a “weapon-related suspension” on his school record will mean to his future.

    To add insult to injury, the family says a school official told them that the shell would not be returned, and that the next step might involve assigning a probation officer to Bradley! Yes, you read that right, a probation officer.

    A young boy punished over a harmless souvenir. By any standard, that’s outrageous.

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    Well, Dave, I gotta agree with you...
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    Grr, I wish that I could get a giant eraser and just erase the school for their stupidity.
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    That does seem over the edge. It seems as though common sense has taken a back seat to political correctness... even when it's not necessarily correct.
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    You gotta think that all these pinheads are trying to one-up eachother with their zero tolerance suspensions. "You sent a student home for wearing a shirt with a picture of a gun on it?" "Oh yeah, well I suspended a fourth-grader for thinking about Memorial Day!"

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    Funny how in HS, there are shop classes with saws, screwdrivers, drills, arc welders, and all sorts of dangerous goodies that could be used as weapons, and yet if you're wearing or even drawing a picture of a gun or bullet, you get suspended.

    This 0 tolerance BS is really ruining future generations.
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    The ludicrous thing about this is that the harmless piece of brass is no more dangerous than, say, a WWII helmet that had been pierced by shrapnel. Both have something to say about the price of freedom. Little Johnnie's dingleberry school "authorities" just taught him another important lesson about living amongst the brain-dead. If his parents are smart, he'll learn the appropriate lesson about what constitutes threat in our lives.
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    I can understand something like this coming from a liberal city and state like Winchendon, Massachusetts. The problem is the faculty and administration of that school probably have never seen an expended cartridge in their lives, especially a blank cartridge. If one of the administration there had any IQ at all they could have looked at the primer, saw that it had been fired, looked at the front of the casing and saw that the crimping had opened and nothing was inside the casing, then handed it back to the student and said something like "that's pretty neat! Why don't you put it back in your pocket so you don't lose it, then you'll have it when you get home."...obviously the adults at the school are not smarter than a fifth grader!
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    Outrage Of The Week

    This week’s outrage comes to us from Winchendon, Massachusetts where, in yet another case of “zero-tolerance” enforcement defying common sense, fourth-grader Bradley Geslak was suspended from Toy Town Elementary School for bringing a Memorial Day souvenir to school.

    According to a May 29, Telegram.com article, a uniformed veteran gave the 10-year-old two empty rifle shell casings from blanks used during the town’s Memorial Day celebration Monday morning. Bradley gave one of the empty casings to his grandfather and kept the other as a souvenir. The trouble began when he took his souvenir to school the next day.

    “He was just playing with it at lunch,” explained Crystal Geslak, Bradley’s mother. “He wasn't showing it to anyone; he had it in his hand and was playing with it.”

    A teacher saw him with the harmless piece of brass and confiscated it. Ms. Geslak was then called at work and told to come and pick up her son, who had been suspended for five days!

    Ms. Geslak arrived at the school to find her son in tears. “I was totally shocked. I couldn’t believe this was happening,” she said. “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,” Ms. Geslak said.

    Ms. Geslak, who will be forced to miss work in order to stay home with her son, says she is worried about what having a “weapon-related suspension” on his school record will mean to his future.

    To add insult to injury, the family says a school official told them that the shell would not be returned, and that the next step might involve assigning a probation officer to Bradley! Yes, you read that right, a probation officer.

    A young boy punished over a harmless souvenir. By any standard, that’s outrageous.


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    This is rediculous!

    Brings up a memory from my high school days.

    I took a small handfull of .22 LR rat shot into class one day. I was bored. I peeled back the crimp and took out the shot. I was tossing them at the teacher while she was at the blackboard. Took her a while to figure me out but she did eventually. Took my .22 rat shot away from me and made me move to another seat where she could watch me.

    Next year, I brought Dristan Nasal Mist bottles slightly filled with Ronson lighter fluid. Got my buddies together out in the common area, lit a lighter and squirted the fluid up into the air. Made a huge fireball mushroom cloud! Principal saw me through his office window. Took my stash and gave me a paddling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spyderdude View Post
    Funny how in HS, there are shop classes with saws, screwdrivers, drills, arc welders, and all sorts of dangerous goodies that could be used as weapons, and yet if you're wearing or even drawing a picture of a gun or bullet, you get suspended.

    This 0 tolerance BS is really ruining future generations.
    Micky mouse cartoons had mickey using guns... now look what you get with decades of political correctness, stupid is an infection.

    If the boy had a condom in his hand along with a Banana to try it out, nothing would have happened...
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    It's evil brass case,that at one time was an evil blank bullet fired in an evil rifle,I think people are amazed at the slippery slope society has been sliding down ever since they crammed the zero tolerance policy down their throats,If it was in force when I was a kid I'd be doing time talking to shrinks trying to figure out why I was drawing pictures of planes and tanks and army guys shooting and blowing stuff up.And look at me I turned out alright according to the other patients
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    Just in case anyone wants to email their opinion, like I did, here's the name and email address:
    Brooke Clenchy, Superintendent of Schools
    bclenchy@winchendonk12.org
    Lets flood his mailbox
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    ...and these are the people "educating" the next generation?

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