School Removes Green Army Men From Child’s Birthday Cupcakes Due to Guns
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Here we go again.
Can’t we just go one day without an anti gun hysteria issue in our schools? Just one? Please?
In this case a child’s parents made cupcakes for their child’s birthday and sent them to the school for their son and his class to enjoy. This is something that was regularly done when I was in school. Talking with some of my friends with children in school now, this is apparently usually not allowed because they don’t want children to have that much sugar, which is also a little ridiculous, but anyway, I’m getting off track.
The cupcakes were adorned with classic little green army men that have been standard children’s toys for decades. The school felt the need to remove those army men and send out a letter about the issue.
“In the climate of recent events in schools we walk a delicate balance in teaching non-violence in our buildings and trying to ensure a safe, peaceful atmosphere. On one hand, there are those who advocate arming teachers, having armed security guards and creating a fortress of defense in our schools. On the other hand, there are those who feel that guns create fear in schools and we need to put solid security measures in place plus practice routines to be prepared in case an emergency should ever occur. Living in a democratic society entails respect for opposing opinions.
Recently, a third grade boy brought cupcakes to school with plastic soldiers carrying weapons atop each one. These are toys that were commonplace in the past. However some parents prohibit all guns as toys. In light of that difference, the school offered to replace the soldiers with another item and the soldiers were returned home with the student.
In hindsight, one can always second guess a course of action. Schools walk a tightrope on many topics. By not permitting toy soldiers on cupcakes at school, no disrespect for our military or for the brave men and women who defend our right to have differences was intended. Our commitment is always to our children and creating a safe place for them to learn, grow and have respectful dialogues about their differences.”