If cupcakes are topped with little green WW II soldiers, they somehow become dangerous or threatening if they’re brought into a school. Whatever the case, it was enough to get a Michigan 9-year-old and his parents into trouble with his school. It seems like another case of insane “safety” overreach by out-of-touch school administrators.
Casey Fountain’s third grade son brought cupcakes to school last week to share with his classmates in celebration of his ninth birthday. The boy’s mother made the cupcakes and decorated them with small green soldiers that the boy likes — very much like the G.I. Joe figures that every generation of kids has been playing with for decades.
But when the boy got to school with the “insensitive” cupcakes, they were confiscated because of the figures. The principal called the boy’s father and told him that it was insensitive because of the shootings in Connecticut last year. (Did army infantry invade the school? I must have missed that.)
The boy’s father called the media to complain, but the school refused to go on camera to talk about the case, issuing a strange statement instead. Here was the strangest part of the statement:
“On the other hand, there are those who feel that guns create fear in schools and we need to put solid security measures in place plus practice routines to be prepared in case an emergency should ever occur,” the statement said. “Living in a democratic society entails respect for opposing opinions.” [Emphasis mine.]
So this is the school’s way of showing “respect for opposing opinions”?
Schools have a responsibility to maintain a safe environment. It’s reasonable to keep weapons out of schools. But it falls into Crazy Land to attack a 9-year-old boy for tiny historical figures that happen to be holding guns. There’s not a person on the planet who rationally believes that green toy soldier is going to hurt anybody.
This isn’t about school safety or about respecting anybody’s opinions. This is about brainwashing children to believe that weapons are so evil that they can’t even be depicted. The school is engaged in unilateral political action to support a social outcome that the administrators favor. This has nothing to do with legitimate education. It has nothing to do with safety. It has everything to do with control.
As long as government owns the monopoly on schooling children, this sort of insanity is going to go on and there’s almost nothing parents can do about it. When you accept a one-size-fits-all system, you’re bound to end up not liking that monolithic system at some point.
The only solution is to decouple schools from government. We don’t need government-operated schools any more than we need government-operated grocery stores.