Welcome to Georgia, where they suspend fourth graders for following the assignments given to them. Earlier this week a young boy was suspended from school for bringing a Nerf gun to class. Not because he wanted to, or because he was breaking the rules. He brought the Nerf gun because the school asked him to, then punished him for it.
To help the class get to know each other at the beginning of the school year, a teacher at Miller Elementary in Warner Robins, Ga., asked students to bring in a few of their favorite toys to talk about. It was a show-and-tell assignment not unlike any other.
So Ramsey McDonald did what he was asked and brought his Nerf Reactor, a blue plastic toy that shoots soft foam balls (and is rated for 6 and up) on down to school with him. An action that Ramsey's dad Scott thought nothing of, until he got a call that his son had brought a weapon to school.
|Pictured rulebreaker, holding what appears to be an assault rifle.|
Scott McDonald to WMAZ:
"I asked them what it was and they said it was a plastic Nerf gun."
As fair and just punishment for doing exactly what the assignment asked of him, Ramsey was initially given a three-day suspension from school. It's since been reduced to three days of in-school suspension.
He would probably have to say, "Sorry son, I know this is your favorite toy, and it is harmless. But that doesn't change the fact that the people at your school are so stupid that they cannot differentiate a Nerf gun from a deadly weapon. So, maybe pick your second favorite toy."
Congratulations staff at Miller Elementary, you are all dumb and therefore the Asshole of The Week.