Update Note – March 16, 2013 – 1:00 PM EST – This author just received word from a credible source that Hunter, the 9 year old boy, was not suspended from school, or punished for bringing his politically incorrect cupcakes to school. When you read the following commentary, please keep that in mind as this author based some of his commentary expressed thoughts on that reported assumption. I say “reported” because that’s what the FOX news piece led me to believe [assume].
However, the question needs to be asked: “If Hunter wasn’t suspended and punished by the school; why in the first place was his toy miniature figurine soldier decorative cupcakes made to be the political correctness demons they were apparently made to be?”
Furthermore, if there was a school crime that was committed, then the question to be asked could be: “Who perpetrated the crime – or, the misdeed?” If the 9 year old boy was not sanctioned in some way, then, who was? Could we conclude that the little green men were the heinous assailant perpetrators of “some crime” against the school’s political correctness myopic policy? If those little green men [toy WWII figurines] are the criminals, then it behooves the school to somehow sanction them. Oh! This author now remembers that the school’s sanction may have been, that these little green men were forced against their own will, and removed off the cupcake mounds. This brings to mind another question: “Were the rights of these little green men violated. Or, are they just considered aliens and have no US Constitutional rights?”
It is this author’s opinion that the School Board should make some earnest effort to effect some school policy change, to make Caro Community Schools more credible. This author and Michigan resident, is embarrassed that our taxpayer paid public school system should exercise such incompetence on our tax dime!
Abuse can take on many forms. Abuse isn’t restricted to a violent and capricious physical action. It can be abuse by neglect, such as has been reported with the elderly, in medical care facilities. And, abuse isn’t restricted to the aging or to spousal abuse. Abuse can be the withholding of basic human care and compassion to anyone within our neighborly sphere of influence. After all, did not Christ say, “Love your neighbor as yourself?” Which of us would care to (knowingly abuse) ourselves? None of us – that is, if we are all in our right minds.
Unfortunately human abuse in our modern culture has taken on the disguise of applied political correctness in the direct actions of commission and / or omission toward those within one’s sphere of influence. Political correctness is that “perceived” standard of right (from wrong) that is often arbitrary and blindly applied [forced] onto those who have varying different opinions. Political correctness (applied) as a standard (rule of “one size fits all” measurement) ends up being the testy prevailing culture’s substitute for the time tested moral and basic Ten Commandment proper rule and behavior. Hence, political correctness often discriminates against those within its one-way Mack truck road of travel.
Furthermore, it is this author’s belief that the 9 year old third grader was abused by the Caro Community Schools principal, Susan Wright, vis-a-vis her actions following the little boy’s cupcake birthday gift to his public school classmates. Unless I am mistaken (and would welcome correction) this child has been suspended from school for no logical, sensible reason. As such (then) added abuse by neglect is “in play.” That’s not even to elaborate upon the emotional damage which most likely has ensued because of the school principal’s abusive rejection of his decorative cupcake gifts to his classmates, of which (event) could have been one of the most happiest moments of this boy’s young life.
Stephanie has left a comment after the recent previous Moralmatters.org article of:
This is insane! He’s a child! Not a gang member or something. Political Correctness is run amuck. I suggest the school change this absurd policy.
Thank you for your comment. Yes. What transpired was insane and absurd. And, I think it is a shame that taxpayers would have to pay for this type of incompetence and intolerance visited upon their youth.I’ve looked at the school policy online. From the very beginning the school principal acted without intellectual thought. [An “educator” – can you believe that?] Her actions toward the little boy were without compassion and basically immoral and unethical. The school policy’s thesis is about, “5205 Possessing, Transporting or Transmitting Dangerous Weapons(Cf. 8300) 5205-2.” I ask the question “Who schooled Ms. Wright?” Why didn’t [and couldn’t] she distinguish between the innocent intent of the child and the cold hard text of the school policy?”
Furthermore, it appears that the principal was only interested in following a blind course (school policy) guide because she may have (drummed up in her little mind) that these toy miniature figurine soldiers were “dangerous.” Maybe the principal was having a bad hair day and thought that the toy cupcake decorations would turn into bats and vampires and destroy her primped day’s appearance………
Finally, what bothers me, is, (according to the news reports) this 9 year old boy was sent home with the toy figurine miniature soldiers. Unless I find out, otherwise, I assume that little Hunter was suspended from school. In that case, (more than any other reason), I would believe that the tax paying parents could bring a lawsuit against this unreasonable school district. [I ask myself: “Where are the school board members in all of this? Why do they allow all this? Why do they allow the school’s superintendent to go on local network TV to defend the school principal and offer a half-ass apology to those who may have been offended?”
Stephanie – Please check back at Moralmatters.org as I think that you have not read the last of this whole sorted political correctness affair……….
Note from this Moralmatters.org author regarding the above article:
For those who would wish, I think that at this time, it would be useless contacting the aforementioned school principal. Principal Susan Wright has made her contention clear. She is entrenched in her politically correct (mind games) world.
For those who desire to voice your sentiments and opinions, please voice by email (or postal letter write them – if you can find their addresses) the School Board Members. They, are the ones to hold the local school system accountable and responsible.
Here, following, is the listing of Board members as per the Caro Community Schools website – and here is the school district’s web page to email each of them. Click here.
John Forshee, President; Dean Tomlinson, Vice-President; Henry Knier, Jr., Secretary; Lisa Graf, Trustee; Bill Thayer, Treasurer; Robert Fetting, Ttustee; Paul Strasz, Trustee
Note again: Here’s the Internet web page facility to contact the Board Members.
Pastor emeritus Nathan M. Bickel
Note: Above pic (s) found on the web. Some of this posting’s pics come from the Caro Community Schools; Caro, MI website.