Brickbat: Do You See What I See?

It sounded simple enough. A second-grade teacher at Colorado's Talbott Elementary School asked her class to go outside, look at the clouds and thendraw what they saw. Kody Smith thought the cloud he saw looked like a gun, so that's what he drew. His teacher filed a bad behavior report on him.

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  • Rev-Match||

    It was an ASSAULT CLOUD.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Nobody needs more than three clouds.

  • Gene||

    This is a joke...right?

  • AlmightyJB||

    Public education? Yeah, it's a joke. A very sad joke.

  • Libertarian||

    I only enjoy these stories when the last paragraph states that the parents are taking their kid out of the public school and either home-schooling or sending them to the local private school.

  • Almanian!||

    AND NOTHING ELSE HAPPENED!

  • Bardas Phocas||

    I see -- a boot stamping on a human face — forever

  • Raven Nation||

    I'm not going to remember this exactly but, someone in the commentariat brought this up a few months back. They suggested that Orwell got it wrong. Instead it would be a bureaucrat frustrating humanity forever.

    Whoever it was, they were far more poetical in their explanation than I just was.

  • SweatingGin||

    Not 1984, not quite Brave New World. Brazil really seems to be the dystopia that won out.

    Still plenty of 1984-ish things.

  • Doctor Whom||

    With some Idiocracy mixed in.

  • ||

    fisting humanity

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I could draw a better gun than that.

  • UnCivilServant||

    You've also (presumably) passed the second grade already.

  • ||

    Why would you presume that?

  • UnCivilServant||

    Well, he constructs sentences of at least a fifth grade level. Though he could have been an apprentice scrivener.

  • Almanian!||

    His minions write all his entries. How he ever got so much power and money is beyond me - he's certainly done well for a thing that never made it out of preschool.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I got so much by not spending a lot on minions. Ernesto my Filipino manservant transcribes all my comments. He doesn't eat much.

  • Slammer||

    I want Fist suspended. He's disruptive to the learning experience.

  • ||

    Thank you, Maddox.

  • gimmeasammich||

    I guess I should preview more replies to see if my joke has already been made.

  • gimmeasammich||

    I could draw a better gun than that.

    Are you really Maddox?

    http://www.thebestpageintheuni.....gi?u=irule

  • Radioactive||

    it's not a gun, it's a poorly drawn penis....hahahahahah

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    The report says Kody showed behavior that is disruptive to the entire learning community. The parents were worried that this would be on his permanent school record.

    So much stupid. Bureaucrats being piss-ant assholes. Parents worrying about their second grader's college applications.

    Reason is killing me by enabling my inner cynic.

  • Libertarian||

    "Who said it was a gun, Miss Landers? Why, it's a......a.........a........a..........a boomerang! It's god's boomerang - see the halo on it? And it's flying across the sun. I think YOU"RE the one being disruptive, Miss Landers."

  • Almanian!||

    God HATES Miss Landers!

  • Libertarian||

    Then I hate god.

  • ||

    I'm sure that putz Ellis on TI last night would approve.

    Holy shit that guy was insufferably pompous.

  • Ted S.||

    But did this gun make racist comments about Kim and Kanye's wedding?

  • ||

    He should have just drawn a cock like every other little kid would have done

  • Ted S.||

    Circumcised or uncircumcised?

    [ducking]

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Deep dish.

  • Lady Bertrum||

    This kid is some variety of genius. You know he did it on purpose. He knew it would aggravate the right or wrong people and he did it to stick up their asses. The correct response would have been: "Nice work, Cody, but it lacks detail."

  • Rich||

    A *true* genius would have drawn the gun with the circle-backslash symbol superimposed.

  • Will4Freedom||

    Some people just see the world differently. Just about everywhere I go I see those tiles that are just random swirls. I can look at just about every tile and find something in them... mostly faces.

    My wife says it's the sign of a creative mind, but I just think I'm crazy.

    Best wishes, Lad.

  • Almanian!||

    Sometimes a cigar is just a smoke.

    Sometimes...

  • WDATPDIM?!||

    I see faces in those things all the time. Especially when I'm on the hopper and forgot to bring some reading material.

  • Pro Libertate||

    We used to draw B-52s when I was a kid. Better or worse than guns?

  • UnCivilServant||

    For what application?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Sometimes just flying, sometimes bombing. Don't recall there being any targets drawn.

    Also drew a certain starship phasering stuff.

  • sarcasmic||

    Rock Lobster or Love Shack?

  • Doctor Whom||

    I used to draw space battles, but that was in the seventies, so I wasn't suspended or medicated or anything.

  • Libertarian||

    Yep. I used to run around my parents' house with METAL six-shooters in a holster shouting "bang!" I'm so old, I bet the holsters were leather, too. I guess it was okay, though, 'cause I was shooting indians.

  • WDATPDIM?!||

    I used to draw cemeteries. I shudder to think what would have happened to me in today's public schools.

  • gimmeasammich||

    In sixth grade I drew on an assignment a t-shirt that I had seen that had a sniper and said, "Sniper: if you run you'll only die tired." My teacher pulled me aside right before going to recess and said that I probably shouldn't draw that kind of stuff and gave me a new assignment sheet to do. Nothing else happened. This was 1995/1996.

  • ||

    As long as they were on Planet Claire. It has pink air you know.

  • sarcasmic||

    Would he have gotten in trouble for drawing a penis?

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    But of course. That's a threat too.

  • sarcasmic||

    But what about tolerance and diversity?

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    If that penis is intended for a female, then it's heteronormative patriarchical oppression.

  • sarcasmic||

    And if it's not intended for a female?

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    He's just expressing himself. They'll probably get him a tumblr account.

  • TANSTaaFL||

    And if it's not intended for a female?

    They give him an award for courage

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    Slightly OT:

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025012445

    While Black president is in power, they will react this way to everything.

    They all of a sudden want their country back and they need guns to do it...

    Yes, they were disgusting filthy pigs before Black President, but since then they have gone on pig steroids..
  • Swiss Servator, CH yeah!||

    I see a hockey goalie stick, with the pick on edge behind it.

  • Swiss Servator, CH yeah!||

    *puck*

  • TANSTaaFL||

    Yes, yes it does...more specifically, it looks like Jonathon Quick's goalie stick with a puck sailing over it.

  • Rich||

    “Our primary responsibility as a school district is to ensure safety of all staff, students and community. We exercised an age-appropriate reaction to an incident. The student's education was never disrupted nor is this incident on the student's permanent record. Our response was in line with routine procedures focused on school safety.”

    A load of bullshit in every sentence.

  • WDATPDIM?!||

    If their primary responsibility is to ensure safety, then why don't they shut down the whole system?

  • Doctor Whom||

    How dare you do what I instructed you to do!

  • Seamus||

    Sounds like that teacher needs to be fired for luring students into gun-related play. How can our schools be safe, nurturing spaces if our teachers act so irresponsibly?

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