R.I. school bans hat over small Army toys

A second-grader made himself a hat decorated with plastic army men after learning about the army from a neighbor.

But the hat ran afoul of the district’s no-weapons policy because the toy soldiers were carrying tiny weapons.

from the Fayetteville Observer

Not surprising, really. From what I understand of some policies in schools around here, this banning is perfectly in line with the rule. That doesn’t mean that the rule makes a lot of sense.

3 thoughts on “R.I. school bans hat over small Army toys”

  1. If I recall my generic toy soldiers correctly, there’s a mine-sweeper guy w/out a weapon, and the commander usually has a pair of binoculars and is pointing off into the distance; there might even be a medic guy. If the kid used those, wonder what the response would’ve been. Maybe we need a whole new set of toy soldiers including: defense contractor guy, lobbiest guy, press conference officer, IED bomb squad guy, remote drone operator guy, mess cook & crew, celebrity/VIP tour guide guy, translator & in-field Hearts & Minds guy…

  2. Reminds me of The Onion article following the last Call of Duty game. The Onion version of the game had your driving a fuel convoy for six hours, only to get to your destination, find out the order was wrong, and then drive back. The less celebrated sides of war.

    If I ever have kids, I seriously doubt they are going to public school. I’d prefer they learn to be citizens, not subjects. The modern school system creates the latter, a human who looks to the state for permission, rather than the other way around.

  3. “But the hat ran afoul of the district’s no-weapons policy because the toy soldiers were carrying tiny weapons”

    Um, no they weren’t.

    If I draw a picture of a rifle, did I just make a weapon? If I have a photograph of a pistol, am I carrying a weapon? If I cut the teeny tiny pretend rifle off a toy soldier, did I just steal and arm myself with a weapon?

    No, no, and no, because NONE OF THOSE THINGS IS A F*CKING WEAPON!

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