Overgovernment: Terrorist Tots Edition
The fine folks in Pennsylvania’s Mount Carmel Area School District are at the front lines in the fight against terrorism, uncovering a budding young terrorists in our midst:
Talking with a friend about a pink toy bubble gun got a five-year-old kindergarten girl in the Mount Carmel Area School District labeled as a terrorist threat, according to an attorney.
The incident occurred Jan. 10 while the girl was waiting in line for a school bus, said Robin Ficker, the Maryland lawyer retained by the girl’s family. He would not identify the girl or her parents, but gave this version of events:
Talking with a friend, the girl said something to the effect “I’m going to shoot you and I will shoot myself” in reference to the device that shoots out bubbles. The girl did not have the bubble gun with her and has never shot a real gun in her life, Ficker said.
Elementary school officials learned of the conversation and questioned the girls the next day, Fickler said. He said the girl did not have a parent present during the 30 minutes of questioning.
The result, he said, was that the student was labeled a “terrorist threat” and suspended for 10 days, Ficker said. The school also required her to be evaluated by a psychologist, Ficker said.
The sentence was later reduced to two-days suspension, and the terrorist label dropped in exchange for “threat to harm another student.”
But even if the bleeding hearts are now going easy on this dangerous five-year-old kindergarten student, it’s good to know our government is ever vigilant against the threat of terrorism. For the children.