TICK TOCK I’M JUST A
The following is the opinion of a
cranky old man with limited knowledge of all the facts. Opposing views will be tolerated, but please,
no name calling, and that means you, you big stupid head!
school kid shaped a piece of bread like a gun and was suspended…zero tolerance.
grader pointed his finger like a gun and was suspended…zero tolerance.
kissed a little girl on the cheek and was suspended…zero tolerance.
suspended for wearing a shirt with a gun, having a religious symbol, or
bringing a pen knife to class…zero tolerance.
asked, you know the rules…zero tolerance.
A kid named
Ahmed Mohamed brings a “clock” in a case with wires and plugs and circuits that
looks way more like a bomb than any piece of bread has ever looked like a gun
and the country is outraged when he is suspended. Apparently zero tolerance is suspended if it
might offend someone named Ahmed Mohamed.
seems very nice. He has not caused any
problems that have been reported, but then every time some nut job comes out of
left field and starts killing people all you hear from his neighbors and
friends is, “I would not have expected something like this in a million years,
he was such a nice, quiet kid.”
just suppose the teacher said, “Hey, he says it’s a clock, it’s probably a
clock,” and the friggin clock turns out to be a bomb and a whole bunch of kids
are hurt. I’ll bet that teacher would be
in hot water.
|Real suitcase bomb|
think the school overacted to this bomb looking clock. They could have called in an expert to confirm
the device was not a bomb. When it was
determined it was safe they then could have advised Ahmed that it was
improper in this day and age to bring to school something that looks like a
bomb. There are many reasons it is a bad
idea to bring a bomb looking device to school and there are many reasons a
school has a zero tolerance rule.
I think zero
tolerance should have warnings, and provide for a modicum of common sense. A kid should get a warning about shaping
bread into a gun, pointing his finger or kissing a cheek, and if a kid
innocently brings a clock to school that looks like a bomb he should get no
more than a slap on the wrist.
I also have
to ask, “Who told him to bring a clock to school? Was it part of a project? Did he tell anyone he what he was bringing in
to school?” I don’t think so, not from
any reports I read. I also get the
feeling from what I read that Ahmed had a bit of attitude when questioned. He just said it is a clock and was a bit
annoyed that he wasn’t automatically believed.
So a kid
chews a piece of bread into the shape of a gun and is suspended and people
think it was ridiculous, but no one raised any money for him or offered him a
job, or gave him an invitation to meet the President.
A kid walks
into school with a clock which, and I have seen the pictures, God Dammit it looks like a friggin bomb, and
not like any clock I’ve ever seen and there is thousands of dollars raised for
him, a Facebook executive offers him a job, and the President asks him to come
to the White House.
And by the
way, in what universe is it a great scientific achievement to builds a clock
that is as big as the suitcase it came in?
Have you seen a wrist watch? They
are pretty small. Do you know that most
cell phones also tell time? Why are
people all gaga over a kid that has built a clock that needs a handle to be
carried? Why is he being treated so special?
I’ll bet if
his name was Bob Peterson the school’s reaction would have been no different, and it wouldn’t
have been a story.
The preceding was the opinion of a
cranky old man, and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.