A Fourth-grader at Toy Town Elementary School in Winchendon, MA was suspended for five days for showing his friends an empty shell casing to some friends at lunch. According to the NRA-ILA, Bradley Geslak had been given the casing — from a blank fired during Memorial Day — by a US veteren. He was given two, one of which he gave to his grandfather, also a veteren.
He was showing his souvenier off to some friends during lunch when a teacher confiscated the casing and called the boy’s mother to take him home. He’s also been told he won’t be getting the very dangerous shell casing back.
This is getting beyond the point of ridiculous, and it is time for citizens who care about freedom to step up to the plate. So frightened of another Columbine situation are school officials that children are being suspended for even drawing pictures of guns. Schools are overreacting, and creating new problems — and worse, these naive and idiotic new rules provide a false sense of security. Keeping a kid from drawing a picture, or bringing empty shell casings to school, will not prevent another Columbine. All it does is punish good kids.
It’s time to tell school officials that there are appropriate ways to safegaurd the safety of students, and that punishing them for innocent and harmless acts aren’t among them. Rather, this sort of response is a copout to the real work that needs to be done. Instead, they could actually do their jobs: educate teachers, parents and counselors on recognizing warning signs, be on the watch for actual weapons entering the premises and work with local police to provide an armed safety officer during the school day.
We who love liberty cannot any longer stand quietly by and let things like this happen. Freedom, no matter where, is everybody’s business.
Let Winchendon Public Schools know how you feel about their punishing a young boy for nothing. The school needs to give this student a public apology, and expunge this incident from his record. And, if they have it, they need to return the boy’s property. Tell them about the appropriate ways to keep their schools safe. It only takes five minutes to draft and send an email — even less time to leave a voice mail.
To email Superintendent Brooke Clenchy: firstname.lastname@example.org
To leave a voicemail: 978-297-0031
There is no change without action.