Student in Madison City Schools allegedly suspended for “extensive knowledge of firearms”…

Here is an e-mail I received last night…

Dale,

A Madison City School suspended a seven-year old boy today for having a piece of paper with drawings of firearms on it. His father was told he was being suspended for one day for “extensive knowledge of firearms” and for possessing drawings of guns on a piece of paper. His father is a Federal Agent and a firearms instructor for his agency, so naturally his son has knowledge of firearms, what to do if he sees a gun, etc.

When the father got to school, his son began crying because he thought his dad was being arrested. A school resource officer was present, and another police officer had been called to the scene. The child’s bag had been searched for weapons. The principal began to question the father about whether the son has access to firearms in the house, how many firearms are in the home, etc. (The father has no personally-owned weapons – only weapons issued to him by his employer. All of his weapons are secured in a safe and his son has no access to firearms.)

Apparently, the incident occurred because the child had drawn pictures of guns on a piece of paper and another boy wanted the drawings because he liked them. When the “offender” did not want to give away his drawings, the other child told on him for not sharing (not for possessing drawings of guns). The teacher investigated and sent the child to the principal when she saw drawings of guns. There was no indication of a threat and the principal never articulated that anyone at the school felt threatened or viewed the child as a threat.

I’ve reviewed the Student Code of Conduct (attached) and I am unable to find a policy the child violated. On page 21, there is reference to correspondence, notes, etc that suggest violence, but that was not cited by the principal and clearly does not apply here.

There may be some “catch all” violation, but the school’s investigation clearly sought to determine the seven year-old’s access to firearms. This is clearly a mindless, knee-jerk reaction to last week’s horrible shooting in CT. Victimizing seven year-old boys for being boys is not going to fix this. The father is trying to explain to his child that he did nothing wrong, but he was still suspended from school.

FYI – like most boys, I grew up playing cops and robbers with toy guns. I doodled pictures of guns in the margins of my notebooks while in school. My father gave me a shotgun for bird-hunting when I was a teenager, and I purchased my first firearm at 21 years old. I have carried a gun professionally for nearly 17 years and I have never shot anyone. Who would have guessed a boy that doodled guns in the margins of his notebooks would NOT grow up to be a killer? I mean – all the signs were there….

We are working on getting the father on the air and trying to get more information.

The overreaction to this is beginning but only because the public is demanding it.

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43 Responses

  1. As a parent of 2 boys attending a Madison City elementary school, I REALLY want to know which school did this to the 7yr. old boy.

  2. I’m going to love hearing Madison Schools response to this.

  3. “Apparently, the incident occurred because the child had drawn pictures of guns on a piece of paper and another boy wanted the drawings because he liked them. When the “offender” did not want to give away his drawings, the other child told on him for not sharing (not for possessing drawings of guns). The teacher investigated and sent the child to the principal when she saw drawings of guns”

    I find the actions of the classroom teacher totally appropriate in light of the present climate. Mind you, these are the same teachers you want to arm.

    • “I find the actions of the classroom teacher totally appropriate in light of the present climate.” – So it would not be appropriate in some future time? How about the suspension of the child for “knowledge”? Does your disdain for supporters of the 2nd Amendment mean you support the thought police and the questioning of the parent? How about punishment of a 7 year old, at what point does your lemming support of liberal philosophy become outright disdain of the Constitution and admit to the fawning support of your urban messiah? Knowledge is now on trial in Obama’s America it seems and you must support it ,,,,, or else.

      • Excuse me Douglas Meeks, I don’t have “disdain” for supporters of the second amendment, the constitution, an urban messiah, or anyone else. And yes, I find the questioning by the principal of the child and the parent appropriate in light of the present climate. If the principal felt the need to suspend the child (regardless of age) I have to respect their judgement.

    • I don’t wish to arm ALL teachers RedEye, only those whom I would trust with my child.

  4. my god, they should praise the kid for this knowledge.and the parent for educating him on proper education.
    you don’t give someone keys to a car without training ?!?

  5. This report is not true. No student was suspended in relation to any drawings at a school. Our administrators and school resource officers investigated, as they would with any such case. No threat was found to exist, and the child did not violate our policies.

    • Thank you for clearing that up Mr. Peck.

    • Only threatened with suspension, investigated, and parent questioned by the police? Please explain how the entire process unfolded, and how you guys aren’t guilty of, at a minimum, of wasting the parent’s time over something extremey trivial.

    • So why then, were the police called in, the parent questioned, the child told it would be better to leave for the rest of the day? This is a “nice” spin on the events, but when you are trying to backtrack and cover up what happened, it simply doesn’t fly. Another principal stated that school policy was that if a gun was drawn, then the student would be suspended.

    • Mr. Peck,

      If the child was not suspended, why was he sent home with his parents? I know the parents and they both thought their child had been suspended.

  6. Mr. Peck,

    If the child was not suspended, why was he sent home with his parents? I know the parents and they both thought their child had been suspended.

  7. one simple word STUPID!!! Makes me think of a teacher at MXR wanting to suspend my 3rd grader for saying “fart”, Come on now lets focus on more important things than kids being kids.

  8. We checked our kids out of school this morning because of this (yes, even though it is finals). Advising them not to talk about hunting trips, video games, Army, etc, for fear of reprecussions for “extensive knowledge”. I can not believe the rights of our children and parents are being violated like this out of fear.

  9. Was the gun depicted in the drawing an assault weapon?

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  11. I am a mother of a twelve year old. When he was 7 he drew pictures of guns. I am thankful that my sons teachers had common sense. It is terrible this is where we are at in this society. The Child did nothing wrong. The school needs to step up and admit they were wrong. If a child wrote in his journal about hunting with his dad to feed his family would he be suspended by this teacher and principal? Our children should not be afraid to be a kid. They should not have to walk on eggshells for fear of suspension.

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