Zero Tolerance

Tiny Lego Gun Wielded by Kindergartner Panics Grown-Ups

|

toy gun
Credit: ABC40

So a 6-year-old with a 2-inch-long plastic assault rifle walks onto a school bus. Anyone want to guess the punchline?

Yep. Widespread panic followed by detention.

It was initially reported that the panic happened on the bus itself, which was on its way to Old Mill Pond Elementary School in Massachusetts.

The New York Daily News told the tale this way

A Massachusetts kindergartner sparked panic on his school bus when he brought a plastic Lego gun — the size of a quarter — on board.

Fellow students freaked out on Friday after seeing the tiny fake firearm. They alerted the driver who brought the vehicle to a sudden halt.

The boy got hit with detention and was ordered to send letters of apology to affected students. His mom protested the harsh treatment in response to a gun that can only be operated by tiny yellow men with snap-on hair and the school investigated the incident a bit further.

lego man
Credit: Mechanekton / photo on flickr

As it turns out, the panic was exclusively reserved for the various adults and authority figures in the situation. 

Luckily, there was a security camera rolling on the bus and the footage told another story. Kids sit calmly on the bus until one child raises his hand to report the Lego gun. And that was pretty much it.

The 6-year-old's detention was revoked and everyone is chastened. For now. But this is the same elementary school that sent a 9-year-old kid into the juvenile court system for having an Airsoft toy gun in his jacket pocket earlier this month. 

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

105 responses to “Tiny Lego Gun Wielded by Kindergartner Panics Grown-Ups

  1. The boy got hit with detention and was ordered to send letters of apology to affected students. His mom protested the harsh treatment in response to a gun that can only be operated by tiny yellow men with snap-on hair and the school investigated the incident a bit further.

    If I am that kid’s parent this is what I write in the letters of apology:

    Dear So-and-so: Tell your mom to grow the fuck up and let you be a child.

    Sincerely, the kid with the plastic Lego gun.

    1. P.S. There’s no Santa, you pathetic little snowflake

      1. Or an Easter Bunny. As for your father, well, it’s probably best you not know the truth.

        Kindly Go Fuck Yourself,

        The kid with the plastic Lego gun’s father (and probably yours too, OH SNAP! I wasn’t going to tell you about that, oh well)

    2. “For those who shit your pants at the sight of a toy gun, I am truly sorry for you.”

      1. “I’m truly sorry about the six-year-olds on the bus being more mature and composed than the adults. Evidently, my child has set an example in this regard, and I sincerely express due remorse over his initatory and earlier actions that have induced the phrase “permanent children” into so many outside observers’ heads.

        “I’m also sorry for being a mere taxpayer who has yet to learn his place.”

  2. Kids sit calmly on the bus until once child raises his hand to report the lego gun. And that was pretty much it.

    Here’s to hoping he spends the rest of elementary school with his head in the toilet.

    1. Yeah, if any kid ever deserved the harshest bullying that little kids can possibly dish out, it’s that little sniveling weasel. And his undoubtedly sniveling candy-ass parents.

      1. It depends. If he’s five and has been conditioned by his Masshole liberal parents to think guns are bad, I feel sorry for him.

        He’s 10 and a total suck up to authority, then yeah, he deserves to get his ass kicked.

      2. Someone should try to glue him to his chair. With Elmer’s White Glue.

    2. So would beating that little shit violate the NAP or did he initiate?

      1. It’s starting to sound like policeone around here. Let’s stick to the swirlies.

  3. I do like that the detention was apparently dependent upon the response of the students. I’ve argued against zero tolerance and for administrators using the learned judgment for which they are paid well, but I see here the arbitrary (and, as it turns out, ignorant of the facts) deployment of punishment is about as bad. Then again, maybe knee-jerk is the best jerk.

    1. no. off is the best.

    2. I don’t get a happy ending when I jerk my knee.

  4. Dear Mr _____

    I am sorry that I carried a quarter sized obvious toy gun onto the school bus that was being driven by a hysterical moron who lacked the discernment to differentiate a toy from an actual hazard.

    I meant no harm, I just didn’t know the bus driver was so stupid.

    In the future, I will bear the bus driver’s imbecility in mind while packing my bookbag.

    I unreservedly apologize for overtaxing the bus driver’s mind and I promise going forward that I will always treat him in a manner appropriate to his mentally challenged state.

    Regards,

    _______________

    1. Your lack of remorse is noted by the paroleschool board, Mr. Tarran.

    1. Daily Mail links aren’t a valid source. Besides, I’m sure KMW simply ignores you, thinking that all of your links are to women either you or John (depending on the size of the woman) would fap to.

  5. Obligatory:

    Nobody NEEDS a toy sized Lego gun! Tell Congress that Old Mill Pond Elementary School deserves a vote!

  6. But this is the same elementary school that sent a 9-year-old kid into the juvenile court system for having an Airsoft toy gun in his jacket pocket earlier this month.

    To be fair, most airsoft guns are designed to look like the real thing (which the exception of the obligatory orange barrel tip).

  7. I fear I am the last generation of legal gun owner.

    1. Your grandparents were the last generation of legal gun owners.

      1. Bumper sticker?

  8. If the kid was in kindergarten then how was he suppose to write a letter, they usually don’t start teaching reading and writing until the first grade?

    1. If the kid was in kindergarten then how was he suppose to write a letter, they usually don’t start teaching reading and writing until the first grade?

      Maybe in PUBLIK SKOOLS, but my just finished Kindergartner (private school) was reading and writing by Christmas break.

      They taught him to spell his name within 3 days of starting school. When he was 3. And he was writing his name before he turned 4 later in the school year.

      1. Not-that-great public school here does it in K too.

        1. I learned to read and write in K while in public school in the early 80s.

    2. I was not allowed to learn to read and write in kindergarten. It was probably the least useful grade in my entire public school life. I had to wait until first grade before I was allowed string letters together.

      And both my parents were public school teachers!

      Apparently reading and writing were part of the curriculum at that time (back when dinosaurs roamed (and I’m not referring to the teachers union)). You learned specific things on specific dates in your thirteen year incarceration, and during kindergarten the official curriculum said “eat paste”.

    3. The point beyond that – I don’t see any evidence that anybody involved with reporting/enforcing this rule has the brainpower to read and comprehend anything a K-level student could write.

  9. The “adults” who felt it appropriate to discipline a child for carrying tiny plastic “gun” are also free to vote. That’s a frightening thought.

    1. That’s not the scary part. The scary part is they’re the ones educating your children.

      1. The scary part is they’re the ones educating conditioning your children to shit their pants in fear at the mere thought or idea of a firearm.

  10. Kids sit calmly on the bus until one child raises his hand to report the Lego gun. And that was pretty much it.

    Aww look, a future mayor of New York!

  11. FTFV: “This is not a story and you can quote me.”

    WDATPDIM

    1. I hope she was indignantly emotional when she said it.

  12. And another thing: If quarter-sized Lego weapons are so effective, Massachusetts can save an awful lot of money by replacing police weapons with them.

  13. We should be feeling pretty good about right now. If there is ever really a civil war between the right and left, these folks in fear of plastic guns, would be who us gunz lubing right wing nuts, are going to face.

    Just pull out a plastic gun slightly bigger than a quarter and they faint.

    That should be over in about a week. The only remaining question, is can we get them to work for their gruel?

    1. I made that point this morning–if the Red/Blue civil war actually does break out, based on this incident and the pants-wetting in Boston, the urban civilian populations of the Team Blue states are going to be ridiculously easy to subdue. They’re already slaves used to doing whatever their masters tell them, anyway–you just replace the masters.

    2. Unfortunately, the State has more (and bigger) guns.

      1. Based on what happened in Boston they can’t even hit their target.

  14. On the subject of guns, holy shit fuck California.

    Ammunition purchasers would submit their information and a $50 fee to the state Department of Justice which would maintain a list of qualified buyers that would be checked by ammo stores. Purchasers would have to show their driver’s license or other ID at the time they buy bullets.

    An ammo whitelist??? Fuck these scumbag cunts right in their fucking cunt throats.

    1. Why aren’t these laws being challenged and struck down in court?

      1. It’s not a law yet, just passed the state senate. I’m sure it will pass the house, and there’s no way Moonbeam would vote against it.

        1. It’s illegal to buy ammo in IL without a FOID card as well.

          1. But asking for people to have an ID to cast their vote is apparently RACIST!!!!

      2. Before it is struck down, the law has to become law.

        1. Naw, just mail order from out of the country will start doing booming business in CA.

      3. Because they’re penaltaxes?

    2. Aaaaaannnnd all the ammo in the entire state just got bought out.

    3. the Constitution guarantees citizens the right to own guns. “Implied in that is the right to buy the ammo to go with it”

      I don’t know, Sir — seems like you’re reaching quite a bit on that one.

      Seriously, what Warty said.

    4. Blue states are disarming themselves.

    5. Oh, apropos of this, I’m getting increasingly annoyed at NPR’s (and other media outlets) assertion that we don’t have a national gun registry.

      We do. Just because it’s not high tech or efficient, doesn’t mean that we don’t have a registry.

    6. Fuck me in the goat ass.

      And the ammo one isn’t the worst, this one is: “The Senate also approved a bill that would outlaw the sale, purchase and manufacture in California of semiautomatic rifles that can accept detachable magazines.”

      The Remington Scoremaster 511 bolt-action .22 I learned to shoot with will be considered an “assault weapon” if the Assembly approves SB 374. I hate this state.

      1. I wouldn’t be surprised if the language in the bill means that a Garand’s clip counts as a detachable magazine.

      2. Not to say that this isn’t retarded, but all you have to do is read to see that you are wrong.

        Your “Remington Scoremaster 511 bolt-action .22″ is NOT a “semiautomatic rifle.”

        1. No shit. But SB374, despite the LAT mischaracterization, applies to all rifles, semiautomatic or not, rimfire or centerfire, that accept a detachable magazine.

          1. Here’s the bill text. I’m not seeing your .22 classed as an assault weapon, but it does look like you’d have to add it to your Firearms Ownership Record, mentioned in section 1 of the bill, CA Penal Code 27566.

            1. It’s all about the strategically placed comma: “A semiautomatic, rimfire or centerfire rifle that does not
              have a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept no more than 10 rounds…”

              It’s not a limit on “semiautomatic rimfire or centerfire” rifles. It’s a limit on “semiautomatic, rimfire or centerfire” rifles.

              1. It’s shitty drafting, especially the “that does not have a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept no more than 10 rounds” language. Huh? So is 10 fine, or not?

                The legislative counsel’s digest, and how the language in the bill was changed, looks to me that the text is talking about semiautomatics with detachable mags, whether those semiautos are rimfire or centerfire. Not the entire set of rimfire rifles with detachable mags. Before, assault weapons were exclusively centerfire semiautos with detachable mags; now, rimfire semiautos with detachable mags will be added to the definition. (Which is ridiculous—evidently someone’s been looking at tacticool 10/22s—but hey, it’s CA.)

                The Bill Analysis doesn’t provide much help, but the blurb in opposition to the bill doesn’t mention your point that the definition would be expanded to all rimfire rifles with a detachable magazine.

                That said, it does look like some ambiguous drafting and it would be nice if the CA legislature would clean up the language and answer the question I have on your point.

                1. I agree that it’s shitty drafting. I think, however, it’s deliberately shitty.

      3. Nobody’s coming for you guns.

        /sarc

    7. As always, the comments are excellent.

      Watzy Norman at 1:15 PM May 29, 2013
      You’re no law abiding citizen. You’re a gun humper. Your girlfriend, AR15teena called. She wants you to get her lubed up, then make sure you give her lots of foregrip before you penetrate her spiraled barrel.

      1. To be fair, “AR15teena” is actually pretty funny. Surprisingly so.

        1. I know. Sounds like the world’s best superheroine.

          1. Although, I mean, if it were me I would have gone with “A.R. Fifteena,” but that’s just me.

            1. That doesn’t work as well as an internet handle as AR15teena. I can totally see that as someone’s Hotmail address.

        2. But shouldn’t it be “AR15a?” Or is it supposed to be AR-fifteenteena?

      2. It’s rifled, you authoritarian dweeb.

        1. could be fluted

      3. Sounds like Norman hasn’t gotten laid in quite some time.

    8. I haven’t gone shooting in several years, but crap like this makes me want to take the four hour drive into Nevada and stock up, before Moonbeam slaps a wall up around the state.

    9. Is the fee for each time you purchase ammo? Or one-time? What do they plan on doing about handloaders? Ridiculous.

      Jesus, I’m so glad I left that state when I did.

  15. Fellow students freaked out on Friday after seeing the tiny fake firearm. They alerted the driver who brought the vehicle to a sudden halt.

    If that is true, that is just sad. Liberals have terrorized children into total irrational fear.

    1. It’s not true.

      Per the article, one little prick raised his hand and the bus driver is the one who freaked.

  16. But this is the same elementary school that sent a 9-year-old kid into the juvenile court system for having an Airsoft toy gun in his jacket pocket earlier this month.

    All the pants-shitting in that neighborhood must be a huge boon to the local drycleaners.

  17. *facepalm*

  18. Among full-time and part-time public school teachers in 2007?08, some 76 percent of public school teachers were female, 44 percent were under age 40, and 52 percent had a master’s or higher degree.

    http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=28

    1. Ah yes, the Education PhD. Truly, the pinnacle of scholarship.

  19. “It is enough to ask somebody for his weapons without saying ‘I want to kill you with them’, because when you have his weapons in hand, you can satisfy your desire. ”

    http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Niccol?_Machiavelli

  20. Oh, just after I say in another thread that I love Boston, they have to go remind me the biggest reason MA sucks.

  21. This video player supports Adobe Flash Player versions 10.1 and higher

    Fuck you Adobe! Fuck you and the horse you rode in on!

    1. The Horse You Rode In On Premier? 10.1 is a registered and trademarked product of Adobe, Inc. Please contact your sales representative regarding upgrading your version of the product.

      1. Adobe has stated they will only provide Flash updates for Chrome on Linux. If you’re using Firefox, Opera, etc., you can just go bugger off.

        I wonder how much Google paid Adobe for that?

        1. I’ve tried Chrome, but their dumbed down and stupidfied user interface insults my intelligence too much. It’s like all the horribleness of GMail ported over to the desktop.

  22. The horrifying thing about this story? One of the kids on the bus reported the gun.

    Its frightening to think how people of any age will support any rule no matter how inane.

    1. But only one of the kids. So maybe there is some hope.

  23. That gun has a bayonet. That makes it an assault LEGO! Of course drastic action had to be taken. The kid is lucky he hasn’t been droned. He’s clearly a terrorist in training.

  24. You laugh, but a two-inch Lego gun is easily concealed and won’t set off a metal detector!

  25. It’s illegal to buy ammo in IL without a FOID card as well.

    And we all have seen how effective that is. Gun crime in Illinois has been completely wiped out. Murder is a thing of the past.

    1. I was arguing with a European recently, and used Chicago/Illinois to refute his assertion that “strict gun control has been proven to work”. He then immediately said it’s not Illinois’ fault. It doesn’t count until the entire country has strict gun control.

  26. To all freedom loving people in these oppressive states:
    Please come to FL, I know we have been hard on snow bird Yankees in the past but times have changed. We have no income tax, shall issue carry, fishing, boating, Latin women/men in the south, black men/women in the north, white people mixed throughout, theme parks.
    We need pro-liberty people to swing this state towards expanded freedom.

    1. Yeah, but Florida is in Florida.

    2. But Florida is America’s wang!

      1. It’s humid, vermin infested and hurricane prone wang.

        1. I like the vermin here and you have plenty of notice on the hurricanes. Plus we give Cuba a money shot for their communist ways.

          1. I am thinking of moving and as a Tampa Bay Bucs fan and a NASCARian and a gun nut I might be able to better enjoy those things there rather than out here.

            1. Definitely. You get use to the humidity after some time. I grew up here so I don’t notice it at all.

              1. I’m also missing a lot of my teeth. So there’s that.

    3. No way. Apart from the heat and the humidity, there are all those snow bird Yankees in Florida. And they behave like snow bird Yankees.

  27. There’s a difference between panic and dudgeon.

  28. Shouldn’t our resident “reasonable” types be along soon, to tell us that we should just quietly accept this nonsense so as not to appear “too extremist” or some such?

  29. a gun that can only be operated by tiny yellow men with snap-on hair

    Your female author perpetuates the stereotype that gun violence can only be committed by males.

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.