Zero tolerance policies strike again:
A seven-year-old boy from Colorado has been suspended from school after he lobbed an imaginary grenade on the playground while pretending to be a hero soldier.
Alex Evans, of Loveland, said he was playing a make-believe game called ‘rescue the world’ during recess at Mary Blair Elementary School, which resulted in his removal from class after officials said he broke a key rule.
The second-grader explained that he tossed an imaginary grenade into a box containing made-up forces of evil, and made the sound ‘pshhh’ to indicate that the explosive had detonated.
The seven-year-old, dressed in a camouflage shirt, told the station KDVR that he did not throw anything real or make threats against anyone, but rather he pretended to be a hero acting bravely ‘so nothing can get out and destroy the world.’
As it turns out, however, Alex’s make-believe was in violation of one of the school’s ‘absolute’ rules which bans students from using weapons, real or imaginary.
A comment left at the Daily Mail nailed it:
Parents can’t win these days can they? If their child shows no interest in imaginative play, it’s poor parenting. If the child engages in imaginative play, the child is removed from school. Lord knows, we wouldn’t want our youngsters growing up with radical ideas, like using their brains creatively or protecting others, would we?
There’s no room for imagination. There is only compliance.
This is a zero-tolerance policy on imagination.