An elementary school will hold a toy gun exchange Saturday, offering students a book and a chance to win a bicycle if they turn in their play weapons.
Strobridge Elementary Principal Charles Hill maintains that children who play with toy guns may not take real guns seriously.
"Playing with toys guns, saying 'I'm going to shoot you,' desensitizes them, so as they get older, it's easier for them to use a real gun," Hill said.
Is there any evidence that all those kids with their Daniel Boone caps and play rifles in the 50s grew up to be mass murderers? How about my generation with our cap guns?
Perhaps Mr. Hill and the gang at Strobridge Elementary should be focusing on academics and not the firearms bugaboo. After all, a quick search of the California Department of Education web site shows Strobridge to be a 1/1 school. The first 1 means that, in terms of academic performance, their school is in the lowest decile of all schools in California. The second 1 means that if, instead of being compared to all schools in the state they're only compared to schools with similar demographics, they're still in the bottom decile.
Actually, given this information it's now obvious why they'd rather focus on toy guns.
Hat tip to Instapundit for the original story.
Update, 6/10/13: Instalanche! (Thanks, Glenn). Check my Stat Counter (at left) to see what an Instalanche looks like on a small blog like this! Since you'll only be able to see it for a couple days, I'll post a screenshot later.
Update #2, 6/12/13: Screen shot here.