Marine Sergeant Stands Guard At Elementary School

Photo via Fox40

Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Craig Pulsey is doing his part to make children at a Modesto, California elementary school feel safer – he’s standing watch out front of the school. Sacramento’s Fox40 reports:

Craig Pulsey is outside of Hughson Elementary School in Hughson. He is a father, but his kid does not go to the school.

An active-duty member of the US Marine Corps, he plans on staying out in front of the school until the kids go on winter break. Once they come back, he plans to stay outside for 30 more days.

Pulsey is there in uniform to help calm the nerves of concerned kids and parents after the massacre in at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

Semper Fi!

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Posted by on December 19, 2012.
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  • http://twitter.com/jinx_mchue Severe Conservative

    And that’s why Marines kick ass.

  • Commander_Chico

    This could be a hoax. Marine staff sergeants usually have other things to do while in garrison, like training, administration and equipment maintenance. Otherwise: (1) is he armed?, and (2) did his CO approve this “mission?”

    It could also be misreported and this guy is in the reserves, not active duty, and not otherwise employed. Is there even a USMC base near Modesto?

    • SteveCrickmore075

      Good on the marine! Chico, as you seem to have some experience with the military, their weapons, and their mind set, and as wizbang is not lively today, thought you would enjoy the following linked debate on a decidely ‘pro gun’ blog. John Cole, the flame thrower to this audience, has two comments #35 & #60.

      • Commander_Chico

        Ha, there is also another story on that blog about a discharged Marine in Tennessee putting his uniform back on and guarding a school in Tennessee. “Look at me!!”

        http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=33309

        You know, you’d probably save more kids if you stood at a busy intersection and asked parents to put their kids in child seats or seat belts. A lot of parents would be indignant, I’m sure.

        In my opinion Cole overstates his case. Maybe the solution is imposing criminal penalties for not securing weapons from unlicensed users. That would have prevented Adam Lanza from getting a weapon anyways.

        I continue to think having weapons is a defense against the tyranny we are sinking into.

        • SteveCrickmore075

          Unfortunately, guns and the second defense amendment also draw too many wackos and lone wolfers, that for them almost everything they don’t like, like liberal public opinion or civil society is considered a tryranny. such as the guy who wrote in this blog recently ,and said there was war going on against the male species.

          • jim_m

            Unfortunately, guns and the second defense amendment also draw too many wackos

            Really? got any numbers to back that up? There are more guns than cars in the US. More people die on the road than are murdered. In fact more than twice as many. There are lots of wackos on the road. We don’t talk about taking cars away from everyone. (ok actually some AGW zealots actually do)

            It’s one of those “I don’t exercise that right so I don’t care about taking that right away from everyone else”.

    • http://www.wizbangblog.com David Robertson

      CBS News reports, “Pulsey is in the Marine Corps Reserve now after his last active tour in Afghanistan.” Pulsey is off-duty while he stands at the school, and he is unarmed when he does so.

      • Commander_Chico

        Yeah, that’s what I thought, a reservist. Really, is he helping or hurting by doing this? More “Look at me!!”

        Mass shootings are bad, but statistically about as fatal as lightning strikes, right? I am against hysteria based on statistically-small probabilities.

        He’s also wearing the uniform on his own mission, not the USMC’s mission. That’s not the same as wearing it to an informal social event like a wedding or a civic event like a Memorial Day commemoration. He’s got a right to free speech, but no right to drag the USMC along with him in an implied endorsement.

        So little kids at that school will now be told there is a Marine standing guard to prevent the boogyman from coming in and shooting them?

        I think he will get a phone call from his CO ordering him to stand down.

        • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

          Psychologically, I think he’s helping. As an Air Force Reservist (never called up) in GW1, if I had to stop at the store on the way home in uniform during drill weekends I would frequently be thanked. (Thanked for shovelling paper as a personnel specialist. World’s a strange place sometimes.) And Marines are known as protectors, and kind to children with their Toys for Tots program.

          I don’t see the harm in it, and as a PR thing in my opinion it’s a good one.

          • Commander_Chico

            Yah, I got the same thing during GW 1. I even got interviewed on local TV. Blah, blah, “we appreciate the support of the American people, etc”

            But even for this guy’s own stated purposes, of protecting kids (rather than the unstated purpose of “being a hero”) I think it’s a bad idea.

            Given the very small chance that a given random school would be the target of a Sandy Hook-style attack, he’s probably only increasing the chances – by publicizing the school and provoking a nutball who might want to kill a Marine out of some warped challenge. What kind of nutball? Well, some jihadi kook or even a vet with a grudge against the Marines, for starters.

          • Commander_Chico

            Yah, I got the same thing during GW 1. I even got interviewed on local TV. Blah, blah, “we appreciate the support of the American people, etc”

            But even for this guy’s own stated purposes, of protecting kids (rather than the unstated purpose of “being a hero”) I think it’s a bad idea.

            Given the very small chance that a given random school would be the target of a Sandy Hook-style attack, he’s probably only increasing the chances – by publicizing the school and provoking a nutball who might want to kill a Marine out of some warped challenge. What kind of nutball? Well, some jihadi kook or even a vet with a grudge against the Marines, for starters.

    • jim_m

      I’m starting to wonder myself since Marines are not allowed to wear the utility uniform off base like this.

      Unlike the dress and service uniforms, utility uniforms are not permitted for wear on leave or liberty (i.e., while off-duty), except when traveling in a vehicle between a place of duty and a residence, or in emergency stops.

      I’ve worked with Marines and they have said that they have confronted active service Marines for appearing in public dressed this way.

      This just seems inauthentic. (I’m no Marine, but is that even a proper at ease posture? I thought you were supposed to have your hands clasped behind your back)

      • Commander_Chico

        That is the “trying to look tough” posture. You are right, inauthentic.

        • jim_m

          Two marines I have worked with, one a Staff Sergeant and the other a Major, would have considered dressing this way in public as disrespecting the Corps.

          It is official regulation that he cannot wear that uniform where he is

          3. Marines are prohibited from wearing the utility uniform as a liberty uniform off-base or during inappropriate circumstances such as:

          a. at restaurants, pizza parlors, bars, lounges, etc.;

          b. when dealing with public officials (police, courthouse,
          attorneys);

          c. while attending classes or activities, or conducting business at education facilities;

          d. at commercial airports/bus stations for travel or entering
          pick/drop off passengers;

          e. at retail/rental stores, shopping malls, and shops for shopping
          or paying bills;

          f. at grocery stores/supermarkets’

          g. at movie theaters, mini-golf, or other similar entertainment/recreational or sporting activities.

          4. Marines set the example. In any uniform we will maintain the
          highest standards of appearance — at all times — in all places.
          Exercise good judgment, if there’s a doubt — don’t stop.

          Which leads me to suspect that he may not even be a Marine.

      • Commander_Chico

        That is the “trying to look tough” posture. You are right, inauthentic.

  • TomInCali

    Pulsey is there in uniform to help calm the nerves of concerned kids and parents

    It helps calm the nerves to accept that a military patrol is what’s needed in America to keep schools safe? It doesn’t calm my nerves.

    • http://www.shockandblog.com/ Jay McHue

      Burn that straw man, Tom! Burn it, gooooooooooood!

      • acornwebworks

        And now we know that Tom was right. That this action was really all about the former Marine…the one who lied to everyone about his service…then lied about lying about it.

  • http://www.shockandblog.com/ Jay McHue

    Hmm… “Stuck On Stupid” Carl disappears after having his @ss handed to him only to have “Also Stuck On Stupid” TomInCali show up after his own absence and continue where Carl left off. I smell sock-puppet tag-teaming.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/ Baron Von Ottomatic

      I believe Carl was banned. Kevin got a couple of e-mails about him.

      • http://twitter.com/jinx_mchue Severe Conservative

        Good, but my thought remains. Why does equally idiotic TomInCali suddenly show up once Carl vanishes?

      • LiberalNightmare

        Good.

        • Commander_Chico

          FREEDOM!!!

  • http://www.shockandblog.com/ Jay McHue

    Hmm… “Stuck On Stupid” Carl disappears after having his @ss handed to him only to have “Also Stuck On Stupid” TomInCali show up after his own absence and continue where Carl left off. I smell sock-puppet tag-teaming.

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Baron Von Ottomatic

    In “The Simpsons” when they went to Australia, Homer goes up to the guard at the embassy and asks if he’s like those London palace guards and can’t move or smile. Homer starts making faces and noises, then the guard punches him in the face and says, “Sir, no sir! United States Marine, sir!” Dunno why this makes me think of that…

    • http://www.shockandblog.com/ Jay McHue

      That was a pretty funny gag.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laceybug02 Lacey Gray

    He now faces fines, possible 5 years in prison & dishonorable discharge for not wearing his dress uniform in public. we need to do something. This man is a hero!!!!!

    • jim_m

      He may be a hero but not for this. There is nothing heroic in standing in front of a public school when nothing happens and there is not any real threat involved. He broke the rules by appearing in public, out of uniform and made it worse by making a public spectacle of himself. The corps seems to be pretty serious about the rules.

    • acornwebworks

      And, of course, it actually *wasn’t* his uniform or his rank. He hadn’t been in the Marine Corps for years. He was discharged for unauthorized leave. Indeed, except for going through boot camp, he lied about *everything*…then he lied about lying. And you think he’s a hero…why???

      You’re right. We need to do something. We need to make sure we don’t assume that everyone wearing a military uniform is who they claim to be. Otherwise we’re gonna have a copycat trying to get access to kids by wearing a military uniform.

  • jim_m

    Publicity seeker lied about service.

    Capt. Gregory A. Wolf, a Marine spokesman said Pulsey never even went overseas. He served less than a year at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. He was discharged as a private, or a basic Marine, in 2008 and he isn’t a reservist, according to AP.

    Upon finding out about the fabrication, Hughson Unified Superintendent Brian Beck asked Pulsey to leave the school when he showed up in regular clothing the following day.

    So he showed up in an inappropriate uniform and impersonated a higher rank. He never served in Iraq or Afghanistan as claimed and is not living off his reservist pay. Nice.

    • Commander_Chico

      This looks like a mental health issue, too. Sad.

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      Shit. Dumbass.

  • Jeff Hunt

    Marine Corps official statement. This guy is a fraud. Was with the Marines less than one year, never left Marine Corps recruit depot, never went overseas, was discharged as a PFC (E2) not a SGT (E5). Though the Corps did not explicitly say so, these details definitely suggest that he did not actually graduate recruit training at all. 9 mos and never leaving MCRD is typical of someone who got held in training either from an injury (IE: messed your knee falling off an obstacle course) or failing to pass fitness tests. Sounds like a guy that wanted to be a Marine, never quite made if through boot camp, got sent home, still technically rates “veteran” status being medically dropped from training, and is now faking the funk as a phony “war hero”.