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Feb 6, 2013, 01:38 PM
 
This was so absurd I had to post it for the laugh (or the cry).

Colorado boy, 7, reportedly faces suspension for tossing imaginary grenade | Fox News

Alex Watkins, 7, who attends Mary Blair Elementary in Loveland, said he was playing the game "Rescue the World." He plays the role of a heroic soldier out to rid the world of an evil threat.

His duties led him to throw the imaginary grenade into a box he pretended contained evil forces. He said he didn't make any threats and was playing by himself, KDVR.com reported.

The school has a list of 'absolutes' that states no weapons, even if they're imaginary.
I'm assuming this some hippy school and not just a regular public school, because WTF.

Best comment I've heard: "This wouldn't have happened if the other kids had been armed with imaginary guns."
     
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Feb 6, 2013, 01:48 PM
 
Is it my imagination, or is suspending a second grader in and of itself almost as ridiculous at the reason he was suspended?
     
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Feb 6, 2013, 01:56 PM
 
In my mind they would have to be a sociopath in the making for it to be justified.
     
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Feb 6, 2013, 01:57 PM
 
Shows how screwed up we are as a country. christ.
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Feb 6, 2013, 02:06 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
In my mind they would have to be a sociopath in the making for it to be justified.
That's what I was thinking. Or someone who was really violent.

If someone's really violent as a seven-year-old, I'm not sure if suspension is the answer.

If it is, you may be asking the wrong question.
     
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Feb 6, 2013, 02:13 PM
 
Shouldn't the suspension be imaginary too?
     
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Feb 6, 2013, 03:18 PM
 
Originally Posted by Snow-i View Post
Shouldn't the suspension be imaginary too?
This.

That's it, I'm home schooling mine until college. F*** that noise.
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Feb 6, 2013, 03:19 PM
 
I don't get the rationale. I understand we want to catch the disturbed early, but I don't think anyone will be standing around a mass shooting in 15 years saying, "We should have saw this coming when he was throwing those imaginary grenades at empty boxes."
     
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Feb 6, 2013, 03:30 PM
 
It reminds me of the war games we played as kids in the school yard during recess. We had sticks (imaginary guns) and grenades (pine cones), and we threw the cones at each other as hard as we could. It was almost like dodge-ball, but it hurt a little more. The only thing that we got in trouble for was hitting Mrs. Evans' car. 3 of us were paddled for that. Them for hitting the car and me for using it as cover.
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Feb 6, 2013, 03:40 PM
 
As I know I've mentioned before, we played Killer in the halls at high school, with fake guns.
     
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Feb 6, 2013, 03:40 PM
 
cowboys and indians, thunder cats, ninja turtles, power rangers... every generation play-fights.
     
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Feb 6, 2013, 03:41 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
As I know I've mentioned before, we played Killer in the halls at high school, with fake guns.
SInce the days of GoldenEye I've wanted to play maps set in offices and stores and other locales me and my friends knew. Not because I want to kill my friends IRL, but because it helps the immersion if takes place in settings you know.
     
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Feb 6, 2013, 03:43 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
cowboys and indians, thunder cats, ninja turtles, power rangers... every generation play-fights.
I had this with me in class:

     
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Feb 6, 2013, 03:45 PM
 
What in ****s name is that?!

I remember I had semi-realistic beretta and SMG water guns. Before the days of the orange tip. I can't blame them for that change.
     
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Feb 6, 2013, 03:49 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
What in ****s name is that?!
Some serious adolescent power fantasy.
     
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Feb 6, 2013, 05:28 PM
 
"Zero tolerance" rules run amok.

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Feb 6, 2013, 05:44 PM
 
Brutal. Are they suspending kids for pretending to sword fight, too? Oh, no, it's an imaginary light saber!
     
   
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