A 9 year old boy from New York - Patrick Timoney - was nearly suspended from school for playing with a LEGO policeman that was carrying a toy gun! Cooler heads prevailed, but only after the mother of the boy threatened to file suit over this ridiculous incident. You heard right - a boy playing with a toy that was carrying a toy gun was nearly suspended under the school's "zero tolerance policy," which, in my opinion, should be renamed the "ZERO BRAINS POLICY." The principal has since apologized to the boy's family. A Department of Education spokesman acknowledged that the principal made an error in judgment by overreacting (gee you think?) when the toy was found. This little kid is getting a great education. He's learning how stupid some adults can be.
Speaking of stupid, another New York student has been arrested for doodling on her desk with a marker. Twelve year old Alexa Gonzalez said she wrote, "Lex was here 2/1/10" on her desk Monday. She also wrote, "I love my friends Abby and Faith." The girl said the doodles could've been erased, according to the New York Daily News. The girl was released several hours after she was taken in handcuffs to a police station. An education department spokesman acknowledged the incident shouldn't have happened, and that common sense should prevail. The girl has been assigned eight hours of community service, a book report and an essay on what she's learned from the experience. Good thing I'm not writing it for her. It would be a very short essay. As in the story above, it would simply read, "I learned how stupid some adults can be."