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Gingersnap
03-05-2010, 11:05 AM
Yakima kindergartner expelled for making a gun with hands

Posted: Feb 12, 2010 07:16 PM MST

Updated: Feb 12, 2010 07:43 PM MST

YAKIMA, Wash.- Manuel Alvarez eats breakfast and gets ready for school. He's eager but nervous. He was expelled Monday from Barge Lincoln Elementary for making a gun with his hands. His mom says it's a hand gesture that could have easily been corrected.

"He didn't know did they talk to him about it what actions were taken to tell him this isn't allowed," Lorena Hurtado, Manuel's mother.

Manuel has a clean record never in trouble before his mother says a warning would have worked or even a parent-teacher meeting. Instead, His mom says, Manuel's afraid.

"I got a call from the School saying he's not raising his hand or speaking up. He's scared after we talked about not doing any gestures, he probably doesn't want to to do it because that could be a gesture. It might get him pulled out for two days," said Hurtado.

Manuel's mom doesn't see anything wrong with her son putting his hands like this and shooting down at the ground. She doesn't think it poses an immediate threat to the school or Manuel's classmates. We took the issue to School District employees and asked them about their policy.

"When students are at school they should be concerned about learning….safety shouldn't be a concern at school, we have a zero tolerance policy," said Dr. John Irion, from the Yakima School District.

Hurtado understands the policy, but in this case doesn't think the punishment fits the crime, especially when the student in question is in kindergarten.

"A five-year-old shouldn't be held to the same policy as a 12th grader...he is in kindergarten," said Hurtado.

Lorena Hurtado is appealing the expulsion and wants to try to clear her son's record. She says she doesn't want her five-year-old to be labeled as a troublemaker.

This is insane. However, I'd be okay for punishing the writer/editor of this story for crimes against English.

KNDU (http://www.kndu.com/global/story.asp?s=11979866)

FlaGator
03-05-2010, 11:07 AM
But it's all about the children! :rolleyes:

yeah, right.

Apache
03-05-2010, 01:25 PM
Zero tolerance=zero intelligence....


I've NEVER seen a "hand"gun accidentally discharge.

AmPat
03-05-2010, 01:51 PM
This is insane. However, I'd be okay for punishing the writer/editor of this story for crimes against English.

KNDU (http://www.kndu.com/global/story.asp?s=11979866)

Certainly could use some well placed (sics).

FlaGator
03-05-2010, 02:21 PM
Zero tolerance=zero intelligence....


I've NEVER seen a "hand"gun accidentally discharge.

Apparently its zero tolerance of intelligence :D

Apache
03-05-2010, 02:35 PM
Apparently its zero tolerance of intelligence :D

Oh, hell no! We can't have people THINKING for themselves....



I'd been locked up til I was 18, if this were in effect back then :D

JB
03-05-2010, 07:51 PM
I wonder what the punishment is for making a hand nuke.

AmPat
03-05-2010, 08:47 PM
I wonder what the punishment is for making a hand nuke.

During the Iranian hostage crises, I had some fun with some Iranians on campus by suggesting we could finally field test our nuclear hand grenades. They, like liberals, had no clue that nobody could throw one far enough to clear the kill radius.

FlaGator
03-05-2010, 08:51 PM
During the Iranian hostage crises, I had some fun with some Iranians on campus by suggesting we could finally field test our nuclear hand grenades. They, like liberals, had no clue that nobody could throw one far enough to clear the kill radius.

All you would need is a refrigerator to hide in after you tossed it.

Rockntractor
03-05-2010, 09:29 PM
All you would need is a refrigerator to hide in after you tossed it.

Oh yeah right, great idea so you climb into one of the old ones and you can't get it open and suffocate!:rolleyes: