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School Bans Child’s Hat Due to “No-weapons policy”

06/17/2010

From the Associated Press:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Christan Morales says her son just wanted to honor American troops when he made a hat decorated with an American flag and small plastic Army figures.

But the hat ran afoul of the district’s no-weapons policy because the toy soldiers were carrying tiny weapons.

“His teacher called and said it wasn’t appropriate because it had guns,” Morales said.

Morales’ 8-year-old son, David, was assigned to make a hat for the day when his second-grade class would met their pen pals from another school. She and her son came up with an idea to add patriotic decorations to a camouflage hat.

The principal told the family that the hat would be fine if David replaced the Army men holding weapons with ones that didn’t have any, according to Superintendent Kenneth R. Di Pietro.

Di Pietro said the district does not allow images of weapons or drugs on clothing. For example, it would not allow a student to wear a shirt with a picture of a marijuana leaf on it.

Really?  Little plastic army violate a zero-tolerance policy on weapons?  Parallel to the Progressives’ intention for the real US Military, the school would rather the little army men be void of weapons; the military is only acceptable when they cannot hurt anyone with their weapons.  A demilitirized military stands on higher moral ground than one who can actually do their job.

Though not the goal or intention of the policy, the concept of removing an admirable armed military from the eyes of children fits perfectly into the demasculinization of men in our culture.  Boys can’t be boys anymore, can they?

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