School officials snipped off toy soldiers’ weapons on the mortarboard caps of fifth-grade boys graduating from a California elementary school. The tiny plastic rifles violated the Rancho Palos Verdes school’s zero-tolerance policy for weapons on campus, reports the Daily Breeze.
Each year, students decorate wide caps with princesses, football goal posts, zebras, guitars and other items to express their personalities and career goals . . .
On Thursday, before the ceremony, one boy was told he couldn’t participate unless he agreed to clip off the tips of the plastic guns carried by the minuscule GIs on his cap. Ten others complied with the order before the event.
Two of the boys said they wanted to wear the toy soldiers to show support for the troops in Iraq. One of the boys had a clever response to the principal’s order:
To treat the “injuries” caused by the order to remove the offending weaponry, Austin wrapped the plastic stumps in white gauze and painted on faux blood.
Sparks From the Anvil has a close-up of the wounded toy soldiers.
Classical Values worries about the desire to neuter the American boy.
I think the larger issue is an anti-military, anti-boy mindset, and I see the cutting off of the tiny plastic guns as a perfect example of the bureaucratic eunuchoid class run amok.
I predict the school will stop letting students decorate their caps at the promotion ceremony.
Update: Some states are relaxing zero tolerance rules so that kids can carry their asthma inhalers and use a plastic knife at lunch.