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    4 Dec 2014

    Texas files "Pop Tart Gun" bill, that would prohibit schools from punishing students who use their hands, playthings and even pastry items to mimic firearms.

    If you think it's a half-baked idea to legally protect kids' rights to play with their food, think again, says one Texas lawmaker.
    Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, has filed a bill that would prohibit schools from punishing students who use their hands, playthings and, yes, even pastry items to mimic firearms. The proposed legislation also would protect students through the fifth grade who play with toy guns or draw or possess pictures of guns.
    Guillen said he filed the bill after a second- grader in suburban Maryland was suspended for two days in March 2013 for chewing his Pop- Tart into the shape of a gun. A similar situation has not arisen in Texas.
    "Texas students shouldn't lose instruction time for holding gun-shaped Pop-Tart snacks at school," said Guillen. "This bill will fix this."
    The story of Josh Welch, who finished out the year in his Anne Arundel County school, grabbed national headlines and even netted the now 9-year-old a lifetime membership to the National Rifle Association. His teacher said the suspension followed a history of problematic behavior, but Welch's case became a rallying point for gun rights advocates after his parents said the punishment represented a gross overreaction.
    The incident was soon followed by similar cases in Virginia and Florida, where students were punished for mimicking gunplay with their fingers or toys. State lawmakers reacted, some passing so-called "Pop-Tart gun" bills to protect students from this type of punishment.
    Sen. John Whitmire, who has filed legislation again this year to soften Texas' harsh "zero-tolerance" disciplinary policies, said Guillen's bill has the right intention but could have unintended consequences.
    "If I was voting today, I would vote against that bill," Whitmire said. While he has not read the legislation, the Houston Democrat said he would be reluctant to place any restrictions on local school officials to determine proper disciplinary procedures. Guillen's legislation includes flexibility for a school to discipline a student who "disrupts learning" or causes harm or the fear of harm to an educator or another student.
    "I believe strongly that common sense should be the guide," Whitmire said. "I just think you have to, in my judgment, leave it to local administrators and school campus administrators to weigh the circumstances."
    While her organization has not taken a stance on Guillen's bill, Mary Mergler of the Austin-based advocacy group TexasAppleseed said most efforts to move away from zero-tolerance school discipline policies are positive.
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    12 comments:

    1. lata ta birdofpeaceDecember 04, 2014

      Where is the United States on this list. Where are the members of the European Union. Its easy to kick third world countries. But who authorizes 27 trillion dollar bailouts to private banks. Who condones and protects organized pedophilia and child molestation rings. Who supports drug manufacturers and forces our childred to take dangerous and lethal vaccines that are known to cause autism and other illnesses. Who funds the insurance industry to mandate personal, auto and property coverage. Who uses the police to enforce that coverage. Who sends soldiers, tanks, destroyers, bombers and drones around the world to steal other peoples natural resources, force open their markets to our chinese made goods, and most importantly accept our crooked, fraudulent private central banking system based on debt and usury. Forgive me but one nation tops that list and their dozen more eager to climb on board. Look in the mirror America, you are a disgrace to the values and efforts of your great great grand parents.

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    2. The only thing that keeps the US off this list is that we simply legalize our corruption and call it "campaign donations" or "lobbyist gifts". Every thinking person knows this is true. We are rapidly sinking into Third World status as our political and economic institutions shift from being pluralistic and inclusive to being extractive and monopolistic. Read _Why Nations Fail_ for a better understanding of this process.

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    3. Seriously? If you have to make a "law" about this you are seriously depleted in the IQ department. Maybe if they started selecting cops with more than just above average IQ's stupidity like this would never be needed. Are they really THAT dumb?

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    4. Funny how most on this list were/are being destroyed by or are at WAR with the US. Or worse yet, are under US control as this list was posted.

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    5. Correct. This speaks volumes as to how we've decayed as a nation. If the states have the kid's best interest at heart, they should boot the feds out of our education system...unless common core has become the acceptable norm.

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    6. Just because they do not share the "Western/Calvinistic" mindset, and they have a completely different culture makes them "corrupt" in US/Western eyes.

      You will also note that these countries are the ones that have told the Corporates to get lost. thereby ensuring enmity of the western governments.

      The discrepancy in wealth and access to schooling and health is no greater than in any other country.

      Some 50% of American government spending is to the MIC, Sept 10 2001, Sec of Defence "there is $2.3 trillion missing."

      Not to worry, we just killed 3000 people to take your minds off of it.

      And they have the temerity to point fingers at others.

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    7. Maybe the folks of Chanute don't like taking it in the shorts by big monopolies. Maybe they don't want to do business with someone who assists the feds with their spying operations. Maybe they don't want to waste money on something they can do cheaper themselves. Whatever happened to freedom of choice? Oops, forgot Obamacare

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    8. desertspeaksDecember 04, 2014

      Fork at&t! those greedy bastages don't want competition!

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    9. I call BS!!! the USA is the number 1 most corrupt nation in the world hands down..

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    10. It's the commie teacher's unions. They train teachers that, since all kids are taught alike from birth (with no gender differences), NORMAL little boys will not be drawn to violent things like guns, swords, bombs, bow-and-arrows, etc. Therefore, if any boy draws such things, he is obviously a psychopath.

      It's the individual deluded teacher who makes the decision to report such drawings.

      I saw a funny mothers-day-card this year made by a 4th grader. It was covered with the above things, plus King Kong and Godzilla fighting (shouldn't those be banned too?), a pirate's ship, a tank, a nuclear bomb, erupting volcano, and a fighter jet (he was trying to cover all eras of destruction in one picture), and at the last minute he added a tiny "Happy Mother's Day" at the top. I was the substitute teacher that day, and I thought his picture was great. I bet his mom liked it, too.

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    11. What no mention of Ukraine?

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    12. I dont see the US and Israel in the list? The forgot to put them there.

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