Kid Punished for Pizza Slice 'Gun' Was Just Being a Kid


pizza gunCan we talk for just a minute about kids and weapons? Have your kids found anything they can't turn into one? Really? Because the little boy from Tennessee who is on permanent "silent lunch" in his school cafeteria for pointing his pizza slice like a gun has my head spinning.

It was a SLICE OF PIZZA. Like, ZOMG, he totally could have gotten tomato sauce on someone! Call out the National Guard! Get some disinfectant!

Or better yet, get some sanity here people.

In my nearly 30 years on earth, I have yet to find anything that kids won't turn into a weapon. My friend forbid gun play in her house, so her son just built them out of LEGOs instead. My kid brother used to pretend our broom was a sword. Heck, just last night, my daughter whipped her father with her sweatshirt in a fit of pique that earned her a nice punishment.

With the way they're treating pizza guns down in Tennessee, it seems I should have promptly cleaned out her closet and forbidden her from any and all items of clothing because they are taking her down a dangerous path of violence. Picture it: I'll just send her nekkid as a jaybird out into the world from now on because garsh, I wouldn't want the zipper on a flying zip-up to take someone's eye out! How long do you think it will take before CPS is knocking on my door? EXACTLY!

Not every "weaponizing" moment is a cry for help. For realsies. Usually it's just kids being kids and using their imaginations. Something we usually encourage?

Nicholas Taylor apparently took a few bites out of his lunch and decided in true 10-year-old boy fashion that it looked less like good eats and more like a good source of fun. So he played "gun" with it. And the boring ass narcs kids at his lunch table told on him, prompting teachers to question the 10-year-old about the whole incident. Apparently Taylor initially lied about the gun play, which is why the school says he's on "silent lunch."

Funny, though, his mom got a note home saying he's in trouble for "threatening other students." You know, with that lethal bit of dough and cheese. Just imagine what he could have done with his own fingers! Better cut 'em off!

Moms, when does it stop? Is a 10-year-old boy pointing his pizza at his lunchmates really a sign of the apocalypse? Or do we need to step back and let kids be kids?


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Snark... Snarkymom

Boys have turned innocuous items into weapons since the beginning of time.  I think it's in their DNA. 

Rhaps... RhapsodyG

My mom teaches at the school in question and they have a zero-tolerance on gun play of any sort since kids have brought weapons to the school in the past. In fact, the zero-tolerance policy is in every school in Middle TN. These are not new rules and the kid was well aware of what he was doing. If you know pointing a pretend gun at someone and making shooting sounds will land you in the silent table, and you still do it, you really have no one to blame but yourself. 

Mrs.D... Mrs.Duncan85

I am with RhapsodyG. Zero tolerence is zero tolerence. How would you feel if your kid came home, said some other kid was pretending to shoot them, and the staff did nothing?

Melis... Melissa042807

I can sort of kind of understand a zero-tolerance policy, because where do you draw the line? 

We can't keep kids from playing with pretend weapons. They're gonna do it. At the place where I babysit twice a week there's a couple of kids who like to play with toy weapons. I have two rules for the situaiton:

1. We do not point guns at people. You can point them at the ceiling, the walls, and imaginary things, but not other people. 

2. If we get up to a certain number of other kids in the room, especially babies and toddlers, the toy weapons get put up for the duration of class. I have enough to supervise. I don't need to worry about an unassuming toddler getting whacked in the head with a plastic sword.

With those boundaries, things work pretty smoothly. 

PonyC... PonyChaser

Mrs. Duncan, I'd think that the kids were being KIDS, and I wouldn't have a problem with the staff doing nothing. And then I'd ask my kid if he pretended to shoot back, and who won the "war"!!

This is the stupidest thing I've heard in a long time.

CPN322 CPN322

^^^ agreed!

Eques... EquestrianMom

Yeah, theres zero tolerance, and theres ZERO TOLERANCE. This is over the top. My son is a very unviolent child, super kind and thoughtful of others, and STILL he makes toy guns out of everything, and barring actual objects (which have included sandwich crusts, and sliced cheese!) he uses his fingers. OMG! The danger of living with such a child. 

 This is just sad. I actually went to a high school (back in the day in a rural school) where we repacked shells (you heard me right!) in the ag shop during lunch for folks. 10 cents a shell! WHOO! And the school knew. Know how many gun issues, crazy kid issues, ect we had? Not one. This is above and beyond necessary. 

Rhaps... RhapsodyG

So, EquestrianMom, should kids repack shells into guns in shop now? What does what happened in the good old days have anything to do with this issue?

Also, the zero-tolerance policy in TN is clearly stated in the handbook that parents get at the beginning of the year. If you think it's a stupid rule, you could always show up at a school board meeting instead of speaking up when your kid breaks the rule and gets the pre-determined consequence.

Stacey. Stacey.

I used to smoke pretzel sticks and play cops and robbers with rubberbands. This is completely ridiculous. We want kids to have imaginations, but when they do we punish them? Plain stupid.


Stacey. Stacey.

And rhapsody you really think it's right to give a kid zero tolerance for pretending? I know little boys (3 and 4) who go hunting with their dad. What if they were at school one day and pretended they were hunting w/ their daddy, you think they would deserve to be punished? A child that small, even middle school, will think that its okay since you know their parents let them.

I think it's very wrong to punish an entire school because of the actions of a few children. Were the children that brought guns to school "pretending" beforehand? What made them think pretending is now dangerous? Are these children allowed to use scissors and sharpened pencils? Because I am pretty sure they can be used as actual weapons and not pretend ones.

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