A 6 year old Ionia, Michigan boy was reportedly suspended from kindergarten for making a pretend gun shape with his hand:
When Mason Jammer, a kindergarten student at Jefferson Elementary in Ionia, curled his fist into the shape of a gun Wednesday and pointed it at another student, school officials said it was no laughing matter. They suspended Mason until Friday, saying the behavior made other students uncomfortable, said Erin Jammer, Mason’s mother. . . Jammer says her son isn’t violent, and there are other, more effective ways of teaching him not to make a gun with his hand. “Maybe what you could do is take his recess away,” suggested Jammer, adding her son doesn’t have toy guns at home. “He’s only six and he doesn’t understand any of this.”
I’ve previously schools’ “zero tolerance” polices, and the injustice which can result; however this is a new low. Here we have a kindergartener who didn’t harm anyone and didn’t possess any real (or toy) weapons. He simply made a gun shape with his hand, as countless other children do on a regular basis. Indeed, thinking back to my childhood, my kindergarten had toy guns for us to play with. In first grade, the parochial school I attended also had toy guns, and we would play cowboys at recess. (Note that I’m 25 years old as I write this article). Suspending a 6 year old boy for making a toy gun shape with his hand is simply ridiculous.
It is worth noting that the injustice of this suspension may linger with this boy for decades to come. Many professions that require the professional be trustworthy and of good character (e.g. attorney at law) have very involved background checks. In order to become an attorney, I had to submit to an extensive background check, and disclose any disciplinary actions taken against me by any school I had ever attended. Had I ever been suspended, I would have needed to disclose that fact, and then possibly go in for questioning about my character and fitness to practice law. To give an idea about the extent of the investigations that are performed, I had to disclose that I received a speeding ticket back in my sophomore year of college. The ticket was no big deal – I paid the fine and got court supervision, so the ticket didn’t even end up on my driving record (which is spotless by the way). However, when it came time to apply for admission to the bar, I had to gather pages of documentation on the matter and present it to the character and fitness committed, which reviewed it before they were willing to certify me as fit practice law.
Those who would like to politely voice their opinion on this matter to Matthew Vogel, the principal of Jefferson Elementary, can find his contact information below:
420 N Jefferson St
Ionia, MI 48846
Phone: 616-527-2740 Extension 3305
Cases like also underscore the importance of joining the NRA. In numerous cases where students have been wrongly disciplined under misguided anti gun policies, the NRA has come to the defense of those students. If you’re not yet an NRA member, please join today.