A seventh grade student in North Carolina was recently kicked out of school for drawing a picture of a stick man holding a gun.
In another display of what as become routine irrational hysteria over guns in the U.S., a 13-year-old student at Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School (RSMS) was suspended for multiple days for drawing the picture below.
The child’s father, James Ray Herring Jr., told local media he doesn’t believe the school’s decision is fair.
“I don’t see anything violent about the picture at all,” Herring told The Sampson Independent. “He’s just expressing himself and that’s what normal 13-year-olds do.”
“I can see if he had it where he was blowing up people, had some hate words or something like that, but that picture is totally innocent,” the father added.
According to Herring, school officials refused to reconsider the punishment when he expressed concerns.
“They could have at least given him a warning and said don’t draw that picture,’” Herring said. “My son is a very loving son. My son cried for two days because of this. Every day he would say ‘all of my friends are at school and I’m here.’”
The father also noted that history lessons are often filled with depictions of firearms, as they have played a major role in U.S. history.
Unfortunately, the school’s superintendent doesn’t care for reason. Students who draw guns on paper, he said, are a threat.
“There are some things that list possible threats or things like that. We have categories – category one, two, three and four – which sort of grades potential incidents and the level of seriousness,” said Sampson County Superintendent Eric Bracy.
“Due to everything happening in the nation, we’re just being extra vigilant about all issues of safety,” Bracy explained.