Sunday, March 10, 2013

Caro, Michigan: 9 Year Old Boy In Trouble For Plastic Green Army Men on Birthday Cupcakes

OK, now this stuff is just getting absolutely ridiculous. In the latest instance of a school official completely overreacting to a situation, a 9-year-old boy has found himself in some hot water for bringing his birthday cupcakes to school because they had… wait for it… plastic army men on top. From CBS Detroit:
A 9-year-old boy’s birthday cupcakes sparked a school controversy that just keeps growing, with scores of people lining up against a school principal who found the cupcake’s topping “inappropriate.”
The boy was chided, and so were his parents, for cupcakes featuring little green Army men on the top.
Schall Elementary School principal Susan Wright called the parents at home and said the cupcakes were insensitive in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting. School staff pulled off the Army men before they were served.
Of course the outraged parents decided they call the media about this ridiculous incident, so the principal issued this statement:
In the climate of recent events in schools we walk a delicate balance in teaching non-violence in our buildings and trying to ensure a safe, peaceful atmosphere. On one hand, there are those who advocate arming teachers, having armed security guards and creating a fortress of defense in our schools. On the other hand, there are those who feel that guns create fear in schools and we need to put solid security measures in place plus practice routines to be prepared in case an emergency should ever occur. Living in a democratic society entails respect for opposing opinions.
Umm, what? What does this have to do with army guys on top of cupcakes? I keep hearing about these ridiculous reactions by school administrators and am wondering if NOT having any form of common sense is a prerequisite for being a principal. I get that everyone wants to keep kids safe and all that, but no one is being well served by this kind of garbage decision making by principals. Most certainly not a 9-year-old on his birthday.

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