Two Six-Year-Old’s Suspended For Playing “Cops And Robbers”


If you thought “zero tolerance” was bad before, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Maryland is fighting (and winning) a war against pre-teen boys and their imaginations…

TRAPPE (MyEasternShoreMD)— Two 6-year-old students were suspended Thursday from White Marsh Elementary School, according to one boy’s parents, for using their fingers as imaginary guns in what one parent calls a “childish game of cops and robbers in the school yard.”

“This is easily the most ludicrous thing I have ever heard of,” said Army Staff Sgt. Stephen Grafton, the father of one of the first-graders. “This, a completely harmless act of horseplay at recess, was by no means an offense that warranted a suspension. It was a pair of 6-year-olds playing with imaginary pistols, one of whom has a father who is charged by the United States with using firearms in his defense.”

The suspension in Talbot County comes on the heels of another Maryland student, also 6 years old, who was suspended from Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring. This child was removed from his school for one day for aiming his finger at another student and saying “Pow.” The student’s parents hired an attorney, and the school reversed the suspension decision and removed it from his school record.

As someone who grew-up playing, among other things “smear the queer” and “warball,” it’s a safe bet that I’d be in a re-education gulag somewhere were I to be a child today…

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  • jim_m

    Regardless of your religious views or lack thereof, this is a fantastic argument in favor of home schooling. Who wants their children exposed to a bunch of idiots like these teachers?

    • Conservachef

      Who wants their children exposed to a bunch of idiots like these teachers?

      Well, the teachers unions, the dept of education, probably most left-leaning politicians (granted, they want your children exposed- their own will still be in the posh, heavily guarded private schools), and probably a good number of liberals in general. I could go on but you get the picture- the nuts running the asylum!

  • GarandFan

    The scary part is that these idiots are “teaching” our children.

  • MartinLandauCalrissian

    Sheese, our government indoctrination centers are more dangerous than bin Laden was. He only talked about destroying the USA. Our disgusting “schools” are doing it!

  • retired.military

    We played demolition derby on push go carts in the alley. It could get bloody at times. Not uncommon to have your leg go under another person;s cart or you to get knocked off your cart into the rock, glass and trash strewn alley.

  • 914

    Pull them out and teach them at home if you are able. The children should not have to suffer these liberal blithering idiots.

  • Commander_Chico

    Props to SSG Grafton for speaking out eloquently and forcefully. The best way of fighting this is naming and shaming these idiots.

    They should also consider some lawsuit.

  • EricSteel

    This is why my daughter has taken up fencing. An epee is not as clumsy or random as a fingergun; its an elegant weapon for a more civilized age.

  • herddog505

    Man, they’d have thrown me and my friends in prison or the booby hatch after seeing the games WE played.

  • RestlessLegs

    When I was a kid in the 70s, my friends and I would have been suspended practically every day if this had been the protocol back then. We were always playing army, cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, Martian invasion, etc. Oh – and we’d probably get suspended today for using the term “Indians.”

  • Jack Zimms

    They need to sue for emotionally stress. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

  • RichFader

    Post-Sandy Hook, people actually need to start getting fired for this crap. I mean, it’s nice that they’ll vacate the disciplinary proceedings if the parents threaten to sue, but the referrals and the faculty who bring them should be round-filed before it ever even gets to that point.