"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Pretty Ironic

that a ten year old boy was charged with brandishing a weapon at an elementary in Virginia on Tuesday.   I am most certainly NOT making light of the seriousness of a ten year old brandishing a weapon even if it was a toy gun. 

He was also suspended from school, and Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman said further action is being considered, including expulsion. ( source)

Thank the heavens above that the appropriate response is being taken by the superintendent!?!?

What I find ironic is that the elementary school that this brandishing occurred is none other than the Douglas MacArthur elementary school. 

Douglas MacArthur is the name of the school????

Douglas MacArthur?

Graduate of West Point in 1903.

Occupied Veracruz with troops in 1914.

Served as Divisional Commander in WWI

Was superintendent at West Point.

Served in WW11 as general of army, then commander of all US forces in the Pacific

In 1950 MacArthur was selected to command the UN forces in Korea.  (source of all MacArthur points)

Irony at its finest I suppose.  I mean the elementary is named after a man who not only went to a military academy, he also was later its superintendent.   Go to the West Point link here, you can't miss the weapons in the slide show...
He served in all the 20th century wars that occurred during his lifetime...even WW11 when he was in his 60's.

He most definitely saw the destruction of life through weapons, yet continued on in his career.  

And a sweet, simple house of learning is burdened with the name of a battle proven soldier.    How dare they?  I think we must start an investigation on the school board, the superintendent, the staff, and the community.  What on earth were they thinking?

To the parents of the ten year old, as well to all of those that have children in our public schools...NOW is the time to remove your children from public education.  Your removal of the child takes away their bread and butter...

options are vast thanks to the internet. 

Signed Mom/teacher/principal/ superintendent/school board of 4 graduates


ProudHillbilly said...

Take bets on how many of the staff of the school actually know anything about MacArthur? History is not our culture's strong suit.

kymber said...

wow Jen. you absolutely nailed this. i have nothing more to add then to say - hey stay out of my head and stop stealing my exact thoughts!

lots of love to you and all of the DN crew! your friend,

Gayle said...

And that will follow that child forever... he will never be treated as a boy, a student, a good person. He'll forever be known as "that kid" and treated harshly (even if not obvious to others) by staff. Children cannot outrun a mistake.

Anonymous said...

one word.... AMEN !

Anonymous said...

How about the 7 year old that was suspended for throwing a PRETEND grenade into an empty box of villains?



debbieo said...

My daughter is a teacher at a small school in Mo. I asked her if they would respond like the schools in the news have done. She said no but that they were a small school. Does that mean that only the small schools have common sense. One child got in trouble for playing like he threw an imaginary hand gernade. We used to play cops and robbers, cowboys and indians and we shot each other mercilessly. Its criminal how stupid our society has become.

Humble wife said...

PH-oh so sad, yet you are so correct.

My Northern BFF Kymber-lol we share one brain far apart!! Love you guys toooooooooooo!!!

Anonymous-and Amen!

Oh Kathy-up is down and down is up. When I was a kid we used to play cops and robbers EVERY recess...sigh.

Lol Debbie-I did not read your comment before and I responded to Kathy the same way. I asked for a bb gun when I was 12 and got it. ME...lol. Crazy times indeed.