I wielded a loaded gun not 10 feet from Tucker Carlson, and yet no one stopped me.
I was appearing on Sunday’s Fox & Friends to talk about the six year-old boy who was suspended from school for pointing his finger like a gun at a classmate. You know, like we used to do when we played Cops & Robbers on the school playground.
At one point during the interview (which I’d love to embed, but WordPress is just not having it today), I demonstrated how my son and his kindergarten friends had wielded their own finger guns one day in class. Only, I just found out about that, some 10 years later. No one got suspended for playing like kids play. The teacher told them to stop, and they did.
We talked about all that on Fox yesterday, but what we didn’t have time to mention were these points:
- What’s the back-story? We don’t know if the child who was suspended had a history of finger shooting that, especially in the wake of the Newtown shootings, turned out to be too much for the administrators.
- Should he be on TV? Why would the parents put him on TV? To be fair, my kids have been on TV, but they weren’t accused of a “terroristic threat,” as this boy’s finger gun incident is reported to have been cited on (and later removed from) his school records. For this one, I think I’d skip the TV cameras in the living room.
- Boys can’t be boys. Honestly, elementary school isn’t boy-friendly. A new study by the University of Georgia has found that boys’ grades in elementary school tend to lag behind girls’ because of boys’ “classroom behavior, which may lead teachers to assign girls higher grades than their male counterparts.” In other words, boys tend not to sit still and listen as much as girls do, something now required of kids as young as 5. Also, they sometimes point finger guns.
Tucker Carlson didn’t seem worried that I was waving around my finger gun, and I made it past the Fox News headquarters’ security guards and into the awaiting limo, which I commandeered through a Starbucks’ drive-through just for grins.
What say you? Did the time fit the crime for this boy?