Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, is pushing legislation that would cut funding to schools that punish students for playing with imaginary guns.The Student Protection Act would crack down on schools with policies that hamper "harmless expressions of childhood play," and teach students to "be afraid of inanimate objects that are shaped like guns."
"This government-sanctioned political correctness is traumatizing children and spreading irrational fear," the bill says.
Stockman cited several examples, such as a school in Nebraska that demanded a three-year old deaf boy change his name because it resembled a gun when expressed in sign language. He said a seven-year-old in Colorado was suspended for throwing an imaginary hand grenade, and that two six-year-old boys in Maryland were suspended for playing cops and robbers and using their fingers as guns.
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