You’re the principal

In Pequot Lakes, somebody dropped off a bunch of toys to be sold as part of a fundraiser to raise money for a high school prom. A student took a toy gun in the box and pointed it at kids in a classroom, according to the Brainerd Dispatch.

Letters were sent home saying the kid was escorted to the office and school policy was followed, although it doesn’t say what that entails.

Let’s play “You’re the Principal.” What do you do to the student? What do you do with the person who, technically, brought the “gun” to school?

  • John

    I take the gun and dispose of it. End of story.

  • Shane

    I agree with what the school did. Going from what the dispatch report said, this student intentionally took the gun, walked to a class room, and pointed it at the class. This is a ver scary and malicious incident. Even though it was a toy gun (either very distinguishable as a toy, i.e. colors) it is not acceptable behavior. Now, if the students were making a film for a Video Productions class and reenacting a gun battle scene, the circumstances would be different, however, this was not the case.

    I feel that, because this was a high school student, they should have known better not to commit an action such as this. However, from reading the dispatch, it said they they found a school that ‘is a better fit’ for the student. This puts another twist in the story. Perhaps this student needed to be placed in an alternative learning environment, and now that he his he can get the proper attention needed to continue his education. It’s just sad that this was the event it took in order to recognize that.

  • Mary

    The eighth graders at my junior high put on a student-written play set in a reform school. A kid brought a real gun, and people assumed it was a prop from the play.

    He used it to threaten first his classmates, and then himself. No one was hurt, but it points to the necessity of taking these toy guns seriously. The toy you ignore the next time might be real.

    In this case, I’d go easy on the student, and a little tougher on the person who brought in the toy gun. To me the only reason to be concerned about toy guns is the camouflage they can provide for the real thing, so the rules should be about not bringing them onto school property. I think that should probably be a fineable misdemeanor of some kind.

    In fact, perhaps that’s the best way to handle the problem if a student does it too. Fine the parents. Let them dish out the punishment to the kid. I think that communicates seriousness better than the same detentions and suspensions used to punish mouthing-off to teachers.

  • Monochu

    While I agree that the action of some of our older children fall under rules that should not be broken, our obsession with rules in this society has made us forget the simplest rule of all: common sense.

    I am among the ones that believe that guns are not the problem but the people who bring their own ideas to the game. Lets be objective for a minute and think. The gun in itself is just a machine like any other, Some guns are a work of art but still they are just machines, like your lawn mower, your computer, etc. Any of the above mentioned can be used in the wrong way and be the object of wrong doing. It is us human with the capacity to think, the ones responsible to do precisely that, Think. It is how we think the main reason we disagree.

    By moving the offending kid to another school the problem simply moves to another school, because that kid has not changed, we have not improved his self esteem and therefore his values are sinking into the negative and unless his parents and people surrounding him make him truly believe that he is lovable and capable, he won’t display the same values toward his peers. We need to work toward our values not our rules, because they (our values) remain the same through times, our rules on the other hand just keep piling up and make us distant from each other and from the ones we should love.