Colton Southern is a good kid, by most accounts. He’s also a big fan of Star Wars. Last, but not least, he’s the latest example of how school administrators have lost their ever-loving minds when it comes to so-called “Zero Tolerance” policies.
The trouble began Thursday after Colton wore a shirt to school depicting a “Star Wars — The Force Awakens” logo that included an image of a Stormtrooper holding a weapon, the station reported.
Joe Southern told KTRK that his son has worn the shirt on several other occasions without a problem, but this time was different. School officials, Southern told KTRK, informed the boy that the shirt was banned because it included an image of a weapon. Instead of sending him home, officials forced the boy to cover up the T-shirt by zipping up his jacket.
The problem here is that the shirt doesn’t depict a weapon. It depicts a movie prop that’s used as a weapon. Trust us, if you go into a gun store and ask for a blaster rifle from The Force Awakens, you are going to get laughed at. It’s because the “weapon” doesn’t freaking exist. It never has. It’s quite probable that it never will.
Not that school administrators ever care about that.
Southern’s father was furious, and for some pretty understandable reasons. Southern pointed out that the shirt was about the biggest movie of the year, one that millions of people are counting down the days for–not that we are or anything…December 18th is etched in our brains for no reason in particular–and not some kind of political stand or anything else.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post felt the need to include this:
The incident comes at a time when schools across the country are on high alert because of a spate of mass shootings. A little more than a week earlier, two Islamic State-inspired terrorists killed 14 people and injured 22 during a shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. Days earlier, Robert Lewis Dear allegedly stormed inside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs and began shooting, killing three people, including a police officer.
Since 2013, according to the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, there have been at least 161 school shootings in America — an average of nearly one a week. As The Washington Post reported last week, there has been more than one mass shooting a day in the United States this year.
The Post neglects to mention whether Syed Farook, Tashfeen Malik, or Robert Dear wore Star Wars shirts prior to either event.
That’s the problem, however. T-shirt for science fiction movies are not now, nor have ever been, the problem. It’s a movie for crying out loud. It’s not advocating for violence, it’s advocating people go watch a movie franchise that thrilled millions, despite the much despised prequels.
Of course, it’s also not the only case of these we’ve seen. For example, one student got in hot water for wearing a shirt supporting US troops…because it had a gun on it. Another school decided against a 21 gun salute for Veteran’s Day. Possibly the dumbest example is the young boy who ate his Pop Tart into the shape of a gun and was suspended. It’s either that or the kid who was suspended for possessing a firearm…that he got when he disarmed a would be shooter.
The problem here is that administrators either can’t or won’t use their own brains. These are college educated people who can’t seem to muscle up enough cognitive power to comprehend how stupid some of this is and either go along with the program, or use it as a shield to defend their ridiculous decisions. Seriously people, wise up.
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