New York high school bans National Guard recruiter from distributing National Guard T-shirts (and bars students from wearing them)
Long story short- The shirts have a silhouette of a guardsman with rifle in front of the American flag and “National Guard” across the top. The school district has a policy forbidding students from wearing anything that has a weapon on it.
“Superintendent of RCS Schools, Alan McCartney says rules are rules and if an exception is made for one shirt with a gun on it, where do you draw the line? “One of the problems you have in school during this period in our history is that the weapon becomes the focal point for some people,” McCartney says…. “[T]his has nothing to do with patriotism, nothing to do with anybody disliking the military, it has nothing to do with the recruiter himself, it just has to do with the fact that there was a weapon on the shirt and that just doesn’t have a place in a high school,” he says….”
Two paragraphs in Mr. McDaniel’s piece jump out at me-
“Where do you draw the line? I’ll be glad to explain. Schools are not there to “educate students to be neutral,” but to be proud of their nation and grateful to those that defend it. A substantial part of the educational process is transferring the values that have made America successful and free to new generations such that they too will appreciate the value of liberty and the sacrifices that must be made to keep it. The wearing of a National Guard t-shirt seems among the least offensive symbols a teenager might choose to embrace.”
“Any school superintendent or principal that can’t see the difference between honest patriotism and frivolous, nihilistic, bloody video game images, and the clear line dividing them, calls into question their fitness for their position. Violence is carried out by individuals, not the tools they employ. Firearms are neutral, neither good nor evil. A rational policy would proscribe depictions of violence, not the implements of liberty.”
Another example of ‘zero-tolerance’ equals ‘zero-thought’.
Read both articles, they are concise and to the point.