Teacher Sues School over Suspension for 'Weapons' Charge: Showing Students Garden Tools

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Mike, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Only in Amerika could gardening tools become a civil rights issue ... :rolleyes:

    CNS News: Teacher Sues School over Suspension for 'Weapons' Charge: Showing Students Garden Tools

    Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have filed a civil rights lawsuit against a Chicago public school district on behalf of a second-grade teacher who was suspended after he displayed garden-variety tools such as wrenches, pliers and screwdrivers in his classroom as part of a "tool discussion" in his class.

    Despite the fact that all potentially hazardous items were kept out of the students' reach, school officials at Washington Irving Elementary School informed Doug Bartlett, a 17-year veteran in the classroom, that his use of the tools as visual aids endangered his students. Bartlett was subsequently penalized with a four-day suspension without pay - charged with possessing, carrying, storing or using a weapon.
  2. It's also a problem in Amerika, IMO, that we're referring to screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers as hazardous items. We bought my son a toolbox full of real kid-sized "hazardous" tools for his sixth birthday, as well as a pocket knife. Somebody please call CPS on me. So far he has failed to even scratch himself with any of it, and he's done several projects with his tools. He also learned how to ice skate at age two (with skates much sharper than a screwdriver) and is now a seasoned hockey player. And he still has all his fingers. Maybe it's an Alaska thing.
  3. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    No, I'm pretty sure it's a "Be a parent, not a furshlugginer wimp!" thing.
  4. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    This is why the FBI thinks the Boston bombs were "sophisticated devices". Apparently the ability to use tools is now a special (and dangerous to the nation) skill.
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