The Water Cooler – Punishing Kids for Playing Modern Day Cops & Robbers

February 6, 2013 12:07 pm · 114 comments

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Earlier this week, A 7-year-old Colorado boy was playing “rescue the world” during recess at his elementary school when he threw an imaginary grenade and made a sound like the grenade was blowing up. Now he’s been suspended for pretending to have a weapon on campus, even though he didn’t actually throw anything, and never had anything in his hands.

He was pretending to be a soldier, and wasn’t throwing the non-existant grenade at a person, he was  throwing the imaginary device into an imaginary box that he said contined evil forces.

Do you think the kid should be punished, or is he just doing what little boys do?

Talk about it….

1 J. February 6, 2013 at 12:09 PM

He should be whipped with an invisible switch.

2 Anonymrs. February 6, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Suspension is a little extreme. Why couldn’t someone just tel him that’s not appropriate and give him a time out. Although, only one side of the story is presented here. Maybe he has been told over and over and over that that is inappropriate and continued to do it anyway. In which case, maybe he needed to be suspended. It’s hard to say when you’re only hearing one side…

3 Wisecracker February 6, 2013 at 12:24 PM

I agree, there may be more to this story.
The first thing that came to my mind, however, was here we have a 7-year old playing who may have quite simply been using his imagination, something you rarely see nowadays, and he’s about to be punished for it.

4 ChampagneKitty February 6, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Oh, for crying out loud! The kid is being suspended for using his imagination during recess? No, he shouldn’t have been punished, yes, he was just doing what little boys do. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

5 Mika February 6, 2013 at 12:25 PM

The evil forces are the administrators who suspended him. If he was playing cowboys and indians, would he be charged with a hate crime? The boy was modeling what our armed forces do every day I the Middle East. This is ridiculous. Save your suspensions for the real offenses. I’d give him credit for his imagination.

6 Dee February 6, 2013 at 12:25 PM

No. Kids have been doing this for years like playing cowboys and Indians and cops and robbers. It’s called using ones imagination a thing that most kids now days don’t have and that is really sad. All this is PC BS ad turning all the kids into little robots …This country is getting pathetic sad to say

7 The Closer February 6, 2013 at 12:28 PM

This is BS political correctness on steroids gone amok.Lets just put him in a dress and give him a dolly so he grows up to be a useless girlyman eunuch. The only punishment should be towards the school.Pull him out of school and home school him.F%#$ this school. As soon as I calm down I’ll tell you how I really feel.

8 Mac February 6, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Dang, i guess playing GI Joe is now a crime.

9 JW February 6, 2013 at 12:40 PM

When I first read this story I felt this incredible sense of anger at what our educational system has become. These are games that kids play. Yeah, society has some problems but you can’t just hide them by being pc and pretending like they don’t exist. This kid was playing a gmae that we all have at some time. My friends and I used to play Star Wars and gun eachother down on the play ground. I had one friend and we even played Cheech & Chong. I wonder how people would react to kids doing that now. The teachers used to tell us to stop being silly and we would. Absolutely laughable.

10 Enfield303 February 6, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Boys will be boys.It’s a normal and healthy use of a boys imagination. He’s not harming anyone and should be left alone. This is the BS thinking in our school system that is ruining our country. Harass someone else.

11 Julio-Antioch February 6, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Just plain dumb. In Brentwood they can’t punish a teacher for kicking etc, a child but in Colorado a child gets suspended because he can make very real fun explosion sounds. This country is so wacked out of balance by being politically correct and listening to the ACLU. We have got to stop this!

12 Jim February 6, 2013 at 12:46 PM

This is what you get when you have a liberal president….We always played those games as a kid…if they teach the kids early enough about the “evil guns” the kids will grow up like the liberal parents….and eventually guns will be outlawed….People llok at history would you?….take a look at the rise of Hitler…you will see he came to power by the use of propaganda….his “media” machine”….just kept hitting at the people time and time again…the economy of Germany was not growing and he had all the answers and who to blame…sound familiar?….it should….Obama has been keeping the economy from growing and blaming the republicans and evlhas the propoganda machine in the liberal media supporting him…he continues to campaign…how are folks so blind…”Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” …if you don’t think it could happen better keep your eyes’s already happening

13 Chris February 6, 2013 at 12:47 PM

He deserves and imaginary suspension for an imaginary grenade! It must be nice to live in a place where this qualifies as an actual problem. As a contributing member of society who works, raises kids who are responsible and gives back to the community, I must have been very luck to turn out the way I did. I used to play “war games” and “guns” all the time as a kid, and I never once killed someone or robbed a bank! I think it’s time for some new school administrators.

14 Killjoy February 6, 2013 at 12:48 PM

This kid was doing what little boys have done for decades.
He was playing war. Not a damned thing wrong with it.
As others have said, he was using his imagination.
The problem is with people being too sensitive over things like that.

15 RaD February 6, 2013 at 12:48 PM


Is this for real? Even if the little boy was told time and time again not okay to do at school, why is it so bad? Does he have a daddy in the military? An Uncle? A Brother?

If that were me I’d be pulling my kid out immediately.

16 bj February 6, 2013 at 12:50 PM

A free society can continue to exist with more and more people thinking like this. They now are in charge.

17 Mr. John February 6, 2013 at 12:51 PM

There is clearly more to this story. Judging it based upon limited information is a waste of time.

However, in general, if my kid was aware of a school rule that said no imaginary weapons and my kid decided to play with imaginary weapons, I’d have no problem with the school disciplining my kid. Rules like these are set up for a community. They might not make sense to certain individuals, but we need to make accomodations to be part of a community. If you don’t like the way your community sets rules, you’re living in the wrong place.

18 @sfsean February 6, 2013 at 12:53 PM

This is absolutely absurd. If he were pretending to hang black people or something, I could see a suspension and a serious talking-to. But playing Army? Give me a break. The kid didn’t do a damn thing wrong.

19 Oops February 6, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Didn’t mean the “@sfsean”. It was already in the subject field when I posted. Sorry.

20 Jeff February 6, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Lock the administrator up.

21 Noj February 6, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Eric Holder’s tactic is to shame gun owners and anyone exhibiting an attraction to guns. It’s what Hitler did. Wake up sheeple.

“The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow
the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all
conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms
have prepared their own downfall by so doing.” -Adolph Hitler

22 Howard K. Mullins III February 6, 2013 at 1:03 PM

This is what the left sees as a danger.

Imagination, courage, originality, manliness. Scares the hell out of them.

Of course the boy should not be punished. The damned school administrators should be horse whipped, tared and feathered and run out of town on a rail. Or simply fired to being such piss poor administrators of the school.

The left does have a lot to fear. People are getting tired of the one way street crap and political correctness.

When law abiding citizens are punished for the actions of a few insane, then the entire political and legal system is corrupt and needs to be replaced.

23 Bob H. February 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM

I think that the person{s} who decided this child should be suspended, should be fired with no questions asked. Have We gotten to the point where a young child should not have a imagination. I think Political Correct has advanced to Political Stupid !!

24 annon February 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Yesterday Mr. Mayor, you might have posted your question like this:

“Should students be allowed to break school rules because I don’t agree with the rules?”

The rules are clearly posted on the school’s website. Sadly, this is a case where individual feelings of entitlement will undermine authority. Schools, teachers and education continue to be disrespected by many people.

Next thing you know, criminals will be flipping off judges in court!

25 Anon February 6, 2013 at 1:08 PM

This is absolutely ridiculous. What is this world coming to? If a kid can’t play around and use his imagination without getting in trouble, something is terribly wrong.

26 TooStupid February 6, 2013 at 1:09 PM

That’s pretty stupid. What is wrong with this country.

27 Bilbo baggins February 6, 2013 at 1:20 PM

They are already smoking to much weed in Colorado to do this! What a joke, curse him for his imagination

28 BCuzItzClaycord..... February 6, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Good Gawd on Friday………………No he should not be suspended. And Americans wonder why so many other places in the world look at us and laugh. Let’s see………..hmmmmmmmmm……we have drug dealers, rapist and other who commit crimes that we can’t even keep in jail and yet we suspend a kid for playing army??? REALLY????????????

29 Reality says... February 6, 2013 at 1:27 PM

The pussification of America continues.

30 Reality says... February 6, 2013 at 1:31 PM

“Celebrating birthdays at school just got a little less fun for kids in Australia. New guidelines issued Tuesday by the country’s National Health and Medical Research Council say that children can no longer blow out the candles on cakes at school because doing so spreads too many germs.”

Gimme a fckin’ break! Let’s just wrap everyone in bubble wrap.

31 Dorothy February 6, 2013 at 1:32 PM

I’m sure he was just copying what he sees in movies, on TV, and the games he might be playing. I want to know if they will suspend a girl for the same thing. After all, women are allowed to be in combat now.

I remember playing “war” with neighborhood boys, toy soldiers and all.

32 Armyanon February 6, 2013 at 1:33 PM

@Mr John#17 I call BS and epic FAIL. School rule of no imaginary weapons??? One can only have pure thoughts of flowers and unicorns. Put the bong down and snap back to reality. I don’t know what bizzaro “community” you come from, but stiffling thoughts of a seven year old boy is extreme indoctrination and has no place a school.

33 Elwood February 6, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Ridiculous! PC run amok!

When I was a kid I spent countless days playing “guns” and to date I have not shot anyone nor to my knowledge inspired anyone else to do so.

What the hell is wrong with people?

34 Let's get real February 6, 2013 at 1:35 PM

What has happened to society that our children can no longer be imaginative? We chose not to allow our child to play with toy guns as we felt it was not appropriate since we had real guns in the house – but we never stopped him from being imaginative. These same children play video games where they shoot at people and that is considered ok? We can’t have it both ways. If that were my kid, at the end of his suspension, I would find a new school to place him in or home school him. The administrators should be embarrassed at their actions – this is a 7 year old boy! And, it doesn’t matter what the rest of the story is – again – this is a 7 year old boy!!!!

35 aannoonn February 6, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Sadly, what is considered “imaginative play” these days is all about shooting, bombing, blowing things up, explosions, killing etc. No wonder kids don’t see the reality of the after-effects of these actions in real life…it’s all a game. After all, it’s all they see on TV, at the movies and in their video games…..LETS DESTROY SOMETHING! MOST PEOPLE DEAD WINS THE GAME !!!!

36 Enfield 303 February 6, 2013 at 1:38 PM

A rule of no imaginary weapons?WTF

37 Pyrrhus February 6, 2013 at 1:41 PM

@Jim you sound like a crazy man. It is Obama’s fault for the way kids are these days? Are you insane? I guess we should blame Republicans that kids aren’t allowed to high five or give hugs? An article from 2007:

We have a generation problem, and it isn’t the kids, it’s their parents. Helicopter parents are destroying the youth’s ability to be self reliant. Ask those darn liberal teachers. They’ll tell you that the students don’t come to class ready to think. They want to be told what to learn and how to learn it. Furthermore, teachers have zero incentive to teach students how to think because they have to prepare their students for standardized testing under the No Child Left Behind Act. I put the blame of that on both Republicans (Bush) and the Democrats (Senate).

Back to the topic on hand. Helicopter parents and lazy administrators are the ones to blame. It is easy to have a zero tolerance policy than actually deal with problems a child may face. It is also easier to send a child home then have the wrath of a parent who can’t believe that their little angel was punished with stern talking/trash cleanup/detention.

38 Anon2you February 6, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Just another example of how screwed up the country is…This is so crazy and bizarre I think that the Teacher/Yard Supervisor, Principal and anyone else involved should be immediately removed from their position and sent to the worst school in the district. Maybe they would get some experience with REAL weapons at school…

39 Future Cat Lady February 6, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Just when you think cannot get any more ridiculous something like this occurs! And it has nothing to do with having a liberal president. During the Bush years my then elementary school son was asked to help make props for a class play. This included cardboard “weapons” like swords & knives. After the play was done, I had to accompany my son from the classroom and carry said “weapon” off school grounds. I asked the teacher if she was kidding. No, she was very serious – even though she was the one who had my kid make the darn thing in the first place!

40 beeper February 6, 2013 at 1:42 PM

It’s absurd that her was suspended!

41 beeper February 6, 2013 at 1:43 PM

I meant he

42 The Closer February 6, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Good lord, we made forts and threw dirt clods at each other at recess. Getting suspended for making grenade “noises”. Heaven help us.

43 Antler February 6, 2013 at 1:48 PM

We are not privy to enough information re the standing school rules, prior warnings, possible actual aggressive behavior by this child, etc.. I did notice the fabric of the boy’s pants: perhaps the boy sees a lot of war movies at home? … is over-stimulated by war gaming?…. are his parents pushing the military life too excessively?…perhaps the school needs a dress code if their policy is SO punitive?

Imaginary games (as I recall from my own childhood and the extensive wielding of my Wonder Woman lasso) are one huge amount of fun. But might be this particular boy be stuck in “war hero mode” ALL the time? We just don’t know enough to judge.

44 It depends on whether it's something discussed with him before February 6, 2013 at 1:51 PM

If he did not know it was ‘wrong’ or something that was not allowed, and why, he should not be suspended, but should be educated. Perhaps write a report about why it might not be allowed, after it is discussed with him. Perhaps have a policeman come to the classroom and discuss rules with the class so that they understand the importance and reason for the rules.

I am a female who certainly played cops and robbers at school. And if I had young kids, I would let them play cops and robbers at home…with supervision and discussion. Still, I can understand why they might want to make a rule about no longer allowing such activities at school, but likely the kids don’t know or understand there is anything wrong with it.

On the other hand, if the kid knew it was against the rules, and had been warned about it in the past, and it had been explained to him in the past, some sort of corrective measure is appropriate…although probably some assignment would be more productive than suspension. If the kid was blatantly and purposefully and repeatedly being disobedient and disrespectful of rules, regardless of what the rules, some sort of corrective action would be appropriate.

45 anonanonagain February 6, 2013 at 2:00 PM

We’ve gone overboard. Cowboys and Indians no longer politically correct, playing a soldier who fights the bad guy is no longer appropriate behavior. Is Buzz Lightyear and his laserbeam arm probably is now banned. I notice that the over-glorification of princesses and overly permissive stereotypes for girls are still allowed. What does this say about our society right now??

46 Anon February 6, 2013 at 2:03 PM

@2 Anonymrs….really…I think no matter how manyt times he’s been told…it’s just playtime…my friends and I played this for years and years and I’ve never had any fear that I’d do this in real life….the point is boys should be boys and if the liberal teachers don’t like it then find another “calling”…rediculous

47 Bob H. February 6, 2013 at 2:04 PM

@43 -We do know enough to know that stripping a child of his imagination will lead our country to a disastrous end !

48 inmotion February 6, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Extremism taken to absurd levels, if you do a little research you’ll find kids being punished for talking about toy guns, drawing guns on paper, pointing fingers at other kids in the form of a gun, having gun screen savers, etc. It’s conditioning the populace that all guns are bad and those who own them are promoting murder and terrorism. FEAR is what is being promoted and used to take away our freedoms and slowly turning our country into a police state. Anyone who dares to speak up against the system, thanks to NDAA, can be called a terrorist and locked away indefinitely.

49 Anon February 6, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Sounds like a Star Wars fan. My young nephew is a huge Star Wars fan and this is something he would do, and battle with imaginary sabers. Suspension, really??

50 The Real McCoy February 6, 2013 at 2:06 PM

This is a great way to turn an ordinary kid into a future shooter.

51 Jim February 6, 2013 at 2:15 PM

@37 Pyrrhus ….insane…not at all…I’ve studied facism in depth…and what we are seeing is exactly what happened in Germany…you need to read some history…it’s very similar…those that control the message control the masses

and yes I blame the liberal teachers for letting kids over years get away with not being prepared and now they have created their own monster…for a generation or more kids were “passed” and now those kids have kids…and they are only doing what they are taught by their parent WHO were “passed” by the liberal teachers….had they done their jobs in the 60’s and 70’s and 80’s we wouldn’t have needed no child left behind…they simply chose the path of least resistance and created lazy parents and now they have no tolerance for the monsters that they actually help create. We need teachers who teach and if someone is struggling enough balls to tell the parents…again teachers are to blame for not taking the responsibilty for talking to the parents…today the parents still don’t want to hear it….until someone breaks the cycle and demands that teachers get compensated without the threat of a damn CTA holdng the liberal politicians arms behind their backs we will continue to see these kinds of problems.

52 Anon2you February 6, 2013 at 2:17 PM

@Antler – REALLY? We don’t know enough to judge?

Imaginary grenade, imaginary enemy, imaginary game on a playground…enough said. I don’t care if the kid is stuck in some sort of “war hero mode”, good for him if he is. He is a KID…in elementary school, remember being a kid, remember not knowing what was “appropriate” or not, and just having fun. We didn’t sit around debating if Cowboys and Indian would offend a segment of society, or if Cop and Robbers was unfair to a segment of our neighborhood, or if WAR was right or wrong, or if we were fight WAR for the right Geo-political reasons…Hell NO, we picked sides and started playing…Let the children play!!!

53 Society's Slave February 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM

That is THE most absurd thing that I have ever heard of !!!!!! How long have boys & girls been playing cops & robbers, cowboys & indians, etc.. etc..? Heck, I still play those games with my kid! We used bundled up socks to throw at each other while we fold the laundry… Does that make me an “unfit parent” ?
When administrators & teachers have the power to make a 7 yr. old feel guilty or bad for playing “save the world” there is definitely something wrong!
If that was my child I would be writing a slew of letters, get a petition started and demand an apology from the power hungry person(s) who suspended my son. Obviously, they feel the need to make up for their lack of confidence or power by using their position to feel like somebody important. They should not be working with children in my opinion.
All of this PC baloney has reallly got out of hand in this country. Everyone is afraid to speak their mind now, out of fear of saying something that may be interpreted incorrectly. What ever happened to free speech? What IS ok for a 7 year old to play? Football is violent, dodgeball is violent, books should be censored, COME ON, FOLKS! GET OVER IT!!! Let kids be kids because all too soon they are going to have to start worrying about this BS and then what? I seriously doubt that kids playing war or whatever is hurting anyone, maybe that is why some of these people go crazy and end up really hurting people when they get older?
Sounds like oppression to me. What a joke!

54 What Security February 6, 2013 at 2:38 PM

School rules are school rules send his butt home. I don’t care what he was playing No special treatment. We don’t live in the time you can play cops and robbers and point a gun a cop and say stickEM up!

Sorry the good o”l days are over. We have to lock our front doors and buy massive amounts of weapons to “protect our piss holes”

O yeah and don’t wear an American Flag T-shirt at school or say the pledge o in school we might offend a muslin or something. Man I sound a little neckish.

55 The Mamba February 6, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Utterly ridiculous, and it seems like more of these stories are happening every day.

56 Who's Crazy? February 6, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Lunatic-Left-Weenies on another PC rampage. Why is anyone surprised?

57 Long time Reader February 6, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Give me a break. The kid is doing kid things. He isn’t violent toward anyone or has one of the many acronyms that kids are labeled with these days. So enough is enough.

58 The Closer February 6, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Can someone please enlighten us on the wording of the “rule”

59 Rob February 6, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Grenades don’t kill people, people kill people…

60 @ What Security February 6, 2013 at 3:00 PM

“O yeah and don’t wear an American Flag T-shirt at school or say the pledge o in school we might offend a muslin or something.”

Yeah muslin is very temperamental. Corduroy is so much easier to work with……

61 Anon February 6, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Wow, talk about extreme. He’s a little kid playing. That is ridiculous.

62 ptpauly February 6, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Really, you can’t be serious. The thought police are in a state near you. This is ridiculous. They should suspend all the girls who put on real or pretend to put on make up too because that will lead to prostitution according to those in charge if you follow that line of thinking. Suspend anybody who pretends to be a sports star because that leads to steroids, anybody who is singing because that will lead to drugs etc. Taking away a childs imagination is the worst thing someone can do. Stupidity at play.

63 Anonymous February 6, 2013 at 3:14 PM

This child will probably grow up to be a Republican,or a war monger. His parents should be made to go to counseling and apologize to the community.

64 ClayDen February 6, 2013 at 3:20 PM

The moron population is rapidly multiplying, and they are now in charge. WASS!

65 Shuley February 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

We don’t know the whole story. I do think it was ridiculous that this kid was suspended UNLESS the kid was told to stop and kept doing it. It is a rule at the school. Maybe this kid has a history of getting into trouble. It’s a stupid rule, sure, but IT IS A RULE. Having a kid myself in elementary school, I can point to a couple of times he got in trouble. when he explained to me what happened, I was pissed and thought the teacher/administrator was crazy. But when I heard the whole story, it made more sense.

Either way, I am sure it had to do with Obama, since he is Hitler and everything and we are turning into Nazi Germany…right? Darrrr…. We need to get back to more conservative schools where our kids read the bible and other fairy tales instead of learning practical things to get them ready for the real world..

66 What Security February 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM

5-year-old gets letter sent home to parents after building toy gun out of Legos

Boy wears Steelers jersey to school, gets sent home

Kid gets sent home for having Johnny football on his head

Kid sent home for wearing Colts jersey to school

Boy suspended for Matt Bonner haircut

School sends home bisexual Queens student who wears ‘I enjoy vagina’ T-shirt

Pa. student who wore Romney shirt: Teacher ‘told me to get out of the classroom ( HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN DEPORTED)

67 A Little Help Please February 6, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Have any of these overly politically correct knee jerk reactions happened in Texas? Haven’t heard of any myself and I’m wondering if lawsuit reform in Texas is making school administrators and police less jumpy.
Understand the need for rational hyper vigilance in case of copycats, since gun free zones are the preferred killing grounds of these mentally ill killers. But I’m wondering if fear of lawsuit, is more of a driving factor.
What do you think.

68 concord99 February 6, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Wow, cannot believe the comments here saying this political correctness gone amok. But all you helicopter parents think it is wrong for a 6 year old to walk to school by himself. 6 year olds in the 70’s walked to school by themselves and no harm came out of it. So why can’t they now?

So you are either politically correct or you are not, but you can’t have it both ways. If you believe 6 yo’s shouldn’t walk to school by themselves (helicoptering), then you should also view this boy’s suspension as justified, since you are overprotective and believe violence in the schools is wrong. If you believe 6 yo’s should walk to school by themselves (free range/grass fed), then you should view this boy’s suspension as wrong. But you can’t condemn the boy’s suspension but then not allow your 6 yo to walk to school by himself. That’s called being a hypocrite.

69 anon February 6, 2013 at 3:34 PM

If you put your children into government-run indoctrination centers which operate on principles not much different from prisons. then you should expect this sort of thing.

#64 – You mean, he might grow up to be like Obama and bomb other children from far away and with the adulation of millions?

70 Liz February 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Wow……whatever happened to the innocence of boys just being boys? When I was growing up we didn’t have all these electronic games and we were left to our imaginations….I guess now using your imagination is a crime.

71 Cowellian February 6, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Punish the idiots running that school!

72 Don't Censor Me Bro February 6, 2013 at 3:48 PM

All the while, teachers are being protected who molest and batter our children, only to be protected, by coworkers and administrators….

73 LostBoysMom February 6, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Absolutely ridiculous! When my son was in Kindergarten or first grade, (he’s 16 now), he was disciplined for defacing school property and making threatening remarks. It was Halloween and he wrote in chalk on the playground “You will die”, He thought it would be a scary Halloween joke. His friend drew a pair of boobs next to this and also got in trouble. Really?!!
My son is now a very responsible and respectful young man.

74 Don't Censor Me Bro February 6, 2013 at 4:03 PM


Welcome to the 21st century!

75 The Phantom February 6, 2013 at 4:06 PM

When I was a little boy, World Wars I & II were reenacted at Douglas and Clipper Streets in San Francisco. We had real Japanese, German and Italian kids. We couldn’t find any French kids. Gang Busters was played on Noe Street, and the Civil War was played at Diamond Playground.

War games and cowboys and Indians were “socially” prohibited at Alvarado School in 1950.

Playing these games in front of girls was considered uncool, lame, and childish. We did not do it.

You people don’t remember anything correctly.

Don’t be surprised if the kid with the long coat is playing “terrorist”…KaBoooom!

What Security;
What a phrase “feeling neckish.” My compliments. May I use it?

76 Don't Censor Me Bro February 6, 2013 at 4:08 PM

#66 you are so right..we can pretend evolution & global warming are true. Moreover, we can also pretend the murdering of 50+ million innocent babies is insignificant….

77 Triple Canopy February 6, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Apparently a child having an imagination is not politically correct unless its playing a politically correct game.

It’s the pussifying of America!

78 Elwood February 6, 2013 at 4:58 PM

@ concord99 #69

What the hell is wrong with you?

Who said anything about six-year-olds walking to school?

Lay off the bong.

79 anon February 6, 2013 at 4:59 PM

So, Phanton, were the kids who played those games in front of girls suspended from the school, saddled with permanent records, possibly referred to counseling and maybe even arrested? Or was it like any other social taboo in a normal community, it was frowned upon by peers and after learning that not having friends is no fun, you stopped doing it?

The state, and it’s schools, have replaced normal human interaction with an authoritarian structure which punishes behavior it considers undesirable by making the thinking behind it a crime. If you put a child in a government-run school, he/she is a virtual criminal now. Get them out while you are still allowed to do so.

80 Howard K. Mullins III February 6, 2013 at 5:01 PM

The pussification of America continues.

Great statement.

Pretty much sums of the lemmings of the left.

81 love :-) February 6, 2013 at 5:02 PM

the kid must be well oriented not punished

82 Parsnip February 6, 2013 at 5:05 PM

The fact is that the school has rules.

The other fact is that the kid is seven years old; he’s not old enough to understand why the rules are being strictly enforced. He’s not a CNN kid.

Another fact is that the parents dismissing this as “child’s play” are comparing a different era to that of today.

Another fact is that what we did as children was before the release of mentally ill into all aspects of society and before terrorism became homegrown.

We outgrew the cowboy/injun games; and today “pretending” to kill is a *possible* preadolescent stage before advancing to gangsta wannabes who shoot for the hell of it.

Personally, I think the school is going about it all wrong. It’s not the child who should be suspended. His parents (who dress him in a camouflaged jacket) need to be spoken to by school officials to be certain that THEY understand how certain little factors in child-rearing can so easily lead a kid down the wrong path. First make sure that THEY understand what the kid is supposed to understand. And why.

It’s not just school + kid = raising a child.

83 old concord February 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Don’t worry be happy you have a healthy happy child. The one steering the ship for the school could use a long time off.=)

84 Dennis February 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM

And yet … when parents complain to the school board about idiotic rules, and curriculum that is not in accord with the parents’ views, the school boards – at least in Alameda and SF – have responded that it is the parents, not the school boards, who must change.
The school boards know better what is right and wrong for your child than do you!
If the school feels that your child should spend a week playing Muslim, as in Brentwood, the parents who objected were told they had no right to interfere.
But hey, once a school board makes a rule, or your politician passes a law, you are no longer able to decide the beliefs and values for your own children. The village leaders, not the parents, will make those decisions for you.
Dont like it? Dump the school board, and dump the politicians they bought.

85 Cowellian February 6, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Seriously, how in the world did you make that connection? One has absolutely nothing to do with the other.

86 Anon February 6, 2013 at 5:20 PM

That’s funny I figured the phantom for a woman. Or are you a woman now?

87 Howard K. Mullins III February 6, 2013 at 5:32 PM

@ Anon #87

The Phantom is a creature of the left.


A little of this, a little of that, a little of “who knows” and a lot of “who cares”.

88 skippy February 6, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Insane reaction to kids playing. Good thing there weren’t any NRA-trained armed guards at that school or they might have shot him.

89 Bob H. February 6, 2013 at 5:54 PM

I will not get into politics, but with the up coming school financial cut backs, these problems will only get worse. Why is it all about money? Should not we be thinking about educating our Grandchildren and making them try to advance the future. Guess not. They can all become unemployed Occupy { I want it for free} nothings. Good luck America.

90 So sick of this crap February 6, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Just tell the Administrator you are a gay soldier and they will give you a pass. Heck,they might even make you a general.

91 Atticus Thraxx February 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Obviously an over reaction. Can’t exactly be outraged by it if it’s corrected quickly. Ya gotta admit though, Colorado has taken a beating when it comes to mass shootings.

92 Dennis February 6, 2013 at 6:10 PM

I think the school board should have a public hearing to explain exactly how the parents can revise idiotic rules, and how they can remove teachers and board members who made them. Instead of ” those are the rules, deal with it”, they should be saying ” we are accountable, and here is the method to cut through all the red tape we’ve created to protect our positions and power”.

93 Anon February 6, 2013 at 6:16 PM

If there isn’t more to this story, I’d sue. Just like everyone else.

94 Dennis February 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

@#80 and you just explained why the state hates the notion of private schools. The public schools have a captive audience, where they can control the information for the 12 most critical years of child development. Vouchers? You gonna rescue your kid, get him/her out of the state run madrassas, where they are exposed to the full range of available information? Sounds like a dangerous radical to me! Next, they’ll label you a right-winger, tea bagger, or terrorist, just to shut you up! What if everyone felt like you? How could they possibly maintain control?

95 Starfish February 6, 2013 at 6:24 PM

This is pure crap! I remember earning my swiss army knife as a girl scout. We played cowboys and indians, , cops and robbers, all of those games as kids! Good lord, society has truly deteriorated.

96 Sister Carleen February 6, 2013 at 6:26 PM

If he threatened or scared children then he should be punished.
Schools have to teach what’s appropriate and not.
He can throw grenades at his house and no one will care.

97 A February 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Ban pretend play! Lol what a joke. Poor kid
What’s next policing your thoughts?

98 Jerk February 6, 2013 at 7:46 PM

You can only repress people for so long and then they’ll go POSTAL.

99 Parsnip February 6, 2013 at 7:56 PM

On the flip-side of this, does that school have the kids sing “The Star-Spangled Banner”?

~And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air~

100 Larrabee February 6, 2013 at 8:09 PM

The administrator should start receiving imaginary paychecks!

101 Basel February 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Is this school district in Colorado the new China?

I ran around the school playground as a kid with my arms swept back like a fighter jet. I guess I would be suspended today. Bizzare.

102 Mad Mom February 6, 2013 at 8:35 PM

I think this relates to the “Are we too PC” thread. Enough already. We are slowly squashing independent thought and our precious imagination! Maybe his father or mother is in the military. They are the front line to fighting evil forces.

103 slagheap February 6, 2013 at 8:43 PM

if this is true, if the facts are actually as reported above, well, it’s just insane. suspended? WHAT? WHAT?!

104 Mike February 6, 2013 at 8:52 PM

This kid has committed the worst crime at school: using his imagination. Come one people, if people are allowed to think, then what kind of society do we live in? I think that he should be punished for doing something creative with his time. There is no excuse for such exuberant behavior. The only reasonable thing to do here is pass a bill that illegalizes kids from being creative, and instead, export them to China.

105 Teacher Wannabe February 6, 2013 at 9:17 PM

@Jim #12. You’re an idiot. Obama (awesome pres that he is) had nothing, zero, zilch to do with this situation. Its the stupid Colorado shook system.

106 LorieStories February 6, 2013 at 11:17 PM

This particular school district has fourteen failing schools in it’s district. Fire them all!

107 Safety Second February 7, 2013 at 3:46 AM

Once again, Savage is right …”liberalism is a mental disorder”

108 lexicon February 7, 2013 at 5:55 AM

This is an example of people just following stupid rules without using their brains. It is like a mindless government bureaucracy. My son and his friends shoot each other all the time with NERFs. A lot of them have shot real guns and know the difference. It is one thing to actually threaten someone, but this is just play.

109 Anon777 February 7, 2013 at 6:14 AM

HELL NO. Kids have been playing cops and robbers and cowboys and Indians forever. Sheesh people, way to snub the imagination out of a little kid! Maybe his Dad or Uncle or someone close to him is a soldier. He’s just playing!

110 Wesley Mouch February 7, 2013 at 8:05 AM

The intolerance of the public schools reminds me of Salem, Mass, in the 1600s. All the kids should bring plastic water guns and imaginary grenades to school on April 1 for a good laugh. Until then, perceptive parents are home schooling their kids and/or sending them to private schools. Don’t think it’s impossible; find a way, and make it happen for your kids… they will love you for it later!

111 SAVE AMERICA February 7, 2013 at 12:08 PM


112 Pegasus February 7, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Could this be the result of using mental masturbation to replace the regular kind?
Don’t ask me, I just raise the question.

113 Concernicus February 8, 2013 at 9:33 AM

take away their imaginations! clearly having an imagination is FAR too dangerous for modern day society. blind them, cut off their hands, their tongues, remove their eyes and feet as well. they could hurt other people, themselves, or other peoples’ feelings with them. in fact its probably best to just not have kids at all.

or we could go the conservative route and give him a REAL grenade, because gratuitous weaponry solves everything, and glorifying death and violence isnt nearly as inspiring of panic as REAL death and violence. ya buncha silly kittycats.

114 Jess February 8, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Looks like this story is total BS. The school district is denying the mother’s claim that her son was suspended for throwing an imaginary grenade. The school district says there’s a lot more to it than that. Privacy laws prohibit them from saying why he was suspended.

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