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Administrators at Pennsylvania's Valley Forge Elementary School called the cops on a 6-year-old girl with Down syndrome who pointed her finger like a gun at a teacher and said, "I shoot you." "She really didn't understand what she was saying, and having Down syndrome is one aspect, but I'm sure all 6-year-olds don't really know what that means," said Maggie Gaines, the girl's mother. "Now, there is a record at the police that says she made a threat to her teacher." School officials quickly determined the girl wasn't threatening the teacher, but they say school system policy required them to call the police.

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  1. “School officials quickly determined the girl wasn’t threatening the teacher, but they say school system policy required them to call the police.”

    Idiots blindly following stupid policies written by morons.

    1. Exactly. My mom was a school teacher for 25+ years and she just ignored stupid rules like this. Nothing happened.

      The whole “well the school requires me to” excuse is bullshit. The teacher called the cops on a 6-year-old. That teacher is a shitbag that should lose their job.

      1. My mom was a school teacher for 25+ years and she just ignored stupid rules like this. Nothing happened.

        As much as I loathe public sector unions, ^this^ is how they are supposed to be applied.

        “Want me to do something I think is immoral and unconstitutional? Let me give my union rep a call first.” As opposed to the now popular, “I did something immoral and unconstitutional, I better call my union rep.”

      2. That teacher had likely already lived through at least 30+ years of indoctrination via government schooling and state directed occupational training. That’s not an excuse, but it does provide a plausible explanation for such a lack of basic empathy towards a child. One of the goals of the system is to instill pre-programmed responses in individuals in service to the collective.

        1. I heard she had already been finger shot by two other retards. Not surprised she called the cops.

      3. School “officials” (administrators) called the cops. Teacher candidates aren’t quite the stupidest people to somehow graduate from college; the majors in school administration and social work average even lower SAT and GRE scores.

        That’s right. If you are too dim to teach in the USA (and that’s a very low bar), you can either boss the teachers, or investigate child abuse.

    2. “Just following orders”

      Now where have we heard that before?

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  2. Pennsylvania state Sen. Andrew Dinniman, who was contacted by the Gaines family, is expressing concern with how the school district is handling the incident.

    Wait. Pennsylvania has a state legislator who’s not completely worthless?

    1. Depending on the worth of “expressing concern”. It’s like “hopes and prayers” or “somebody should do something”.

    2. Um, no. Dinniman is a windbag reliable Democrat, was a teacher before starting his long second career as politician.

  3. Why don’t the cops just beat the shit out of the administrators?

  4. “… school system policy required them to call the police.”

    Befehl ist Befehl!

  5. 0 tolerance = 0 judgement = I just followed policy to make sure I would not lose my job.

    1. They get away with this idiocy, and justify it, because their bosses are invisible bureaucrats further up the food chain. If parents had choice in which schools their kids went to, this shit wouldn’t happen.

      1. They get away with this idiocy and justify it because their administrators suffer no consequences at the ballot box. Start chopping some heads and they’ll start making better decisions.

  6. school system policy required them to call the police.

    Uh, huh. What do the police have to say about this “policy”? What if school system policy required calling POTUS, say, or the Pope?

    1. Excellent point. They better not put me on their required call list.

  7. “School officials quickly determined the girl wasn’t threatening the teacher,”

    This makes me so angry. How did they know the finger wasn’t loaded?

    1. They were probably afraid to pull it and find out.

      1. Chemical warfare = weapons of mass destruction.

        Good thing the authorities were involved.

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  11. Someone had to ‘determine’ that making finger guns isn’t lethal?

    This is the caliber of human we have teaching our children? And we wonder why the younger generation is so gleefully accepting of socialism.

    1. Maybe they watched Sean Connery administer his “thumb beatdown” on you tube?

  12. Sorry. We know she’s harmless. It’s just policy…

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  14. Policy > your rights

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