Oklahoma bill would ease school policies on imaginary, toy guns


Schoolchildren in Oklahoma could not be punished for chewing their breakfast pastries into the shape of a gun under a bill introduced this week by a Republican legislator.

Rep. Sally Kern said Wednesday her measure dubbed the Common Sense Zero Tolerance Act was in response to school districts having policies that are too strict or inflexible.

Kern cited a recent Maryland case that gained national media attention where a boy was suspended after his teacher accused him of chewing his Pop Tart into the shape of a gun.

“Real intent, real threats and real weapons should always be dealt with immediately. We need to stop criminalizing children’s imagination and childhood play,” Kern, Republican from Oklahoma City told News9.com.



Not worth making the news, imo.


Not unless your kid gets suspended from school or worse.


When Pop-Tarts are outlawed, only outlaws will have Pop-Tarts. We absolutely do need some “common sense” restored to this whole area, so we pull back from criminalizing childish play.


What’s ridiculous is that no tolerance school policies have gotten so bad that state lawmakers are getting involved.


Common sense in the public schools – what a novel concept! :rolleyes:


Don’t people think that it takes a little more than someone making a gun shape as a precursor to going on a shooting rampage?


Pop-Tarts® don’t kill people. People kill people.


If someone eats enough of them, they can kill :smiley:

Back on topic, one has to wonder how this picayune bovine fecality affects the children who are victimized by it. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that some of them develop a very jaundiced view of school in general.


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