Florida senate committee today hears bill to protect children from zero tolerance hysteria

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Rebecca
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Florida senate committee today hears bill to protect children from zero tolerance hysteria

Florida senate committee today hears bill to protect children from zero tolerance hysteria
Given the large majority by which this law passed Florida's House, the question is why this law hasn't been passed in other states. From the Washington Times:

. . . Over the past year, schools have increasingly punished children for playing games that involve pretend firearms. Now Florida is leading the nation in stopping this madness.

On Tuesday, the Florida Senate will hold a committee hearing on legislation that has become known as the “Pop Tart bill.”

The legislation got its nickname from an incident involving Josh Welch, a 7-year-old Maryland boy who was suspended from school in March 2013 for chewing his strawberry Pop Tart into the shape of a gun.

The Florida bill makes it clear that children in public schools will be allowed to simulate firearms while playing without risk of disciplinary action or being referred to the criminal or juvenile justice system.

The Florida House passed the companion bill Thursday by an overwhelming vote of 98-17. Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s spokeswomanJackie Schutz told me, “The governor supports the Second Amendment and our state’s self-defense law and will review any bill that comes to his desk.”

“Children should not be punished because some adult lacks common sense or the capacity for rational judgment,” said Marion Hammer, a former president of the National Rifle Association and the current head of its Florida lobbying operation. . . . .

http://johnrlott.blogspot.com/2014/03/florida-senate-committee-today-hea...

Can we have this sponsored in Maine please. Kids still have a right to be kids.

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We had a similar bill in the

We had a similar bill in the hopper here in Maine. Don't know the status.

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I hope they make it

I hope they make it applicable to free time. In short, it is dumb (and wrong) to discipline a kid for chewing his PB&J into the shape of a bazooka. It is just a dumb to immunize a kid from math class because instead of doing math, he's chewing a PB&J into the shape of a bazooka. I always worry that the legislation will, in the end, be just as stupid as the problem that it was intended to cure.

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If a kid doesn't eat his PB&J

If a kid doesn't eat his PB&J sandwich and instead calls it his nuclear fallout shelter, does he get to be kicked out of math class too? Or does the cook get fired for creating a hazardous environment?

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Good post, Rebecca.

Good post, Rebecca.

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