Today, one suspects that parents send their kids to school with a mix of fear and trepidation. Education had changed since the days when I went to school, where zero tolerance had yet to be invented, there was a thirty minute recess, than a forty-five minute one. Classes started at 8:30 and were over by 2:30. We were allowed to be creative, reading was a joy. Little boys were allowed to play World War II, draw pictures of guns, fight Nazis, and be boys. So were the girls. They taught art and music. Lunches were terrible. The classes were large, with an average of 42 kids per class. Consequently – we had one of the top 100 elementary schools in the country.
Aiden Steward, age 9, is a hardened criminal, having already been suspended from school twice this year. One would suspect, when his father, Jason Steward enrolled him in the poorly performing school, that is adorable little boy would be branded a racist, and suspended for referring to a person of color as ‘black’. That is quite shameful. He was also suspended for taking a book to school. The crime? He wanted to show his teacher how much he loved astronomy and the planets. Unfortunately, in the Big Book Of Knowledge, a book for children, had a photo of a pregnant woman. The child was suspended for bringing a children’s book to school – with a photo of a pregnant woman in it.
Then, he went to see a movie, and wanted to use a magic ring to make a classmate disappear, demonstrating how the magic ring worked. So, he was suspended for that.
“…When Aiden Steward watched “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies” earlier this week with his family, he naturally wanted to pretend to be a character from the film. Specifically, he pretended to be Bilbo Baggins, the hesitantly brave hero who acquires a magic ring from the creature Gollum in the first movie in the trilogy, which is based on a book written by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Forged at the fictional location of Mount Doom, it is “the one ring to rule them all,” giving the wearer the power of invisibility. The power of the ring aided Bilbo during his journey. So, Aiden brought a ring of his own to Kermit Elementary School and told his friends that they, too, could become invisible by using his ring. Again, the ring had no powers whatsoever, because this is reality….”
The now Gitmo-bound youthful terrorist and budding fantasy fan, will now have this stupidity follow him around, on his permanent record, the rest of his life.
“...Kermit Elementary Principal Roxanne Greer told the Odessa American that she could not comment on the suspension, because “all student stuff is confidential,” but Steward said that she told him that any and all threats to a child’s safety — including magical ones — would be taken seriously by the school.
He also said that he requested, in writing, a detailed explanation as to how his son’s statements constituted a “terroristic threat,” and that he was told by a representative of the Kermit Independent School District that the school would mail him a letter…”
Evidently there are some conservatives who would like to consider this part of the ‘war on boys’ but, if you read the 2nd comment, it may tell the entire story. It is a school in crises. You would think, with a school where the teacher student ratio was 14:1 they would be doing better, but evidently not.
FAVORITISM: The teachers show favoritism. What is quite obvious here is that Adien’s teacher doesn’t like him, or she is so incompetent, she needs to be fired. She needs to be fired – anyway. What she has done to him, since August, is disturbing. What has happened to this child is nothing short of abuse.
It is obviously the principal can’t control the school. So, she’s taking it out on a newly arrived adorable little guy.
Is the face of a hardened terrorist who should be sent, immediately, to Gitmo, or just another little Dennis the Menace?
Something needs to be done about zero tolerance in schools. It is destroying children, and making good teachers into the bad guys. Common Core started out as a very good idea, but, as usual, when you are dealing with district and school administrators who are nothing but cowards, fearful of their funding, it has become a nightmare.
What has happened to Aiden Steward is little more than child abuse. I do hope his parents have a very good litigator who will file a lawsuit which will break the entire school district. School administrators, the cowards that they are, live in fear of lawsuits. This is one case where they need to have their worst fears realized.
Let’s be honest, a little doll like this can be a real stinker. He’s bright, has parents who obviously care about him, are teaching him at home, and are allowing him to use his brain and his imagination. He’s a piss-poor school district’s worst nightmare. School is traumatizing for kids. Next to abuse by relatives, more children are molested and abused by educators than by another group of people they will encounter. What can be done to them, by individuals who have no business being teachers can haunt them the rest of their lives. Trust me – I know. I still have nightmares.