A South Carolina mother says her son was suspended for drawing a picture of a cartoon bomb at home and bringing it to school.I'm sure I've told this story more than once on this blog but I'm going to tell it again. When I was very young, there was a local TV show called Miss Pat's Playroom. Children could send in pictures to Miss Pat and, if they were really lucky, Miss Pat would show them on TV. I sent in a picture once and was elated when Miss Pat showed it, saying something like this to describe my picture: "And little Darren Miller sent in this picture of an airplane bombing a house." No one panicked. No one called for Miss Pat to be thrown off the air. No one called for me to be psychoanalyzed. Back then people were smart enough to realize that boys draw such pictures and it's perfectly normal, just like playing cops and robbers or cowboys and indians.
Amy Parham told FoxCarolina.com her 13-year-old son, Rhett, was suspended from Hillcrest Middle School after showing the drawing to classmates, who reported him to administrators.
"They actually reiterated to me they knew he was non-violent," Parham told the station. "They knew he was not actually having a bomb, creating or making a bomb. But that they could not go with out making an example of him and take some type of action because they were worried about their perception."
Rhett, who has autism, was suspended indefinitely by school administrators.
Now we've taken what is perfectly normal and criminalized it, stigmatized it, and freaked out over it. Way to act like adults. Why would any kid think you have his or her best interest at heart when you do something this stupid?