Monday, March 27, 2017

Anti-Gun Leftists put Ignorance and Contempt for Firearms on Full Display

The following article was published on the Independent Journal Review on March 24th.

By Reid Mene   3/24/17

On March 14, Illinois mother Kristy Jackson dropped off her four-year-old son Hunter at preschool, just as she would any other day.

However, when she went to pick up young Hunter later that afternoon, she was greeted by one of her son's teachers who had a stern look on her face.

When Jackson asked what was wrong, the teacher informed her that her son had brought a “shotgun bullet” to school: 
Beware the "Shotgun Bullet"
Jackson was left shocked by this news, wondering where in the world he had picked it up.

Before Jackson could take a moment to gather her thoughts, she was whisked off to the school's office.

It was here that Jackson was handed a piece of paper, which explained her son would be suspended for his “enthusiasm” over “guns.”

In a Facebook post, where Jackson described the encounter, she said: 
Kristy Jackson

I never thought this could happen to us. You see stuff on the news like this, but....

Today, I picked up my happy little 4 yr old from preschool, at A Place to Grow, in Troy. My arrival was met with a stone faced teacher, who told me that Hunter brought a "shotgun bullet" to school.😨 I was horrified. My kid? Who just spent the weekend learning gun safety?

Well....when I was escorted to the office for a sit down. I was handed a tiny .22 empty brass casing. Not a "shotgun bullet." He found it on the ground, expelled from a 22 Rifle over the weekend, while Hunter was target practicing with his Police Officer Grandpa. He was so excited, and snuck it to school to show his friends. We had no idea about it.

I was handed a piece of paper. No words, just eyebrows raised in disgust at my son, explaining that his behavior warranted a 7 school day suspension. Which I still was expected to pay tuition for, of course. And a threat that if his enthusiasm for guns continued, he'd be permanently expelled.

See, here's the thing. This was a teaching moment. He never hurt anyone, or threatened anyone. This could literally happen to ANY CHILD who happened to find one on the ground and thought it was cool. He does not have access to ANY weapon in our home. This could have been handled by explaining appropriate behavior at school.

He's 4. This doesn't hurt him, or teach him, or help him. Just his parents, who do not condone bringing these kinds of things to school. Ever. Had we known, we of course would have stopped it. But every time he or another child mentions a gun (like every boy I grew up with did) they punish him.

The reality was, the shell casing did not come from a shotgun at all, but rather an empty .22 brass casing: 

Hunter had picked it up over the weekend while he was being taught gun safety with his police officer grandfather.

Hunter had brought it in because he wanted to show his friends.

Despite explaining this, the school was sticking to the suspension, leaving Jackson upset over their decision to turn a possible learning situation into an outlandish punishment.

Independent Journal Review spoke with Jackson, where she recalled her response to the letter during the meeting:

“I said, 'But he's 4. He doesn't know better yet.' She rolled her eyes and laughed.”

Jackson later explained she isn't trying to disobey the rules, she just doesn't feel the punishment is fair:

“I'm ok with supporting the rules, I'm not ok with these excessive consequences.”

Since Hunter was with his police officer grandfather when he picked up the shell, IJR asked what his thoughts were on the preschool's punishment:

“His Grandpa feels awful. Not knowing he picked it up. But he's received 100% support from every law officer in his department, and the surrounding ones.”

Despite everything, Jackson was going to let the suspension run its course. However, since her story began receiving so much attention, the school's owner began receiving a slew of hate mail.

In light of this, the owner has spoken to media outlets saying that Hunter has a “violent past.” His mother responded:

“I was just going to sort of let it go. Let it die down. Get back to normal. But now, because of the hate mail, and bad response to his decision, he's gone to the media saying my son has a violent history. It's so unfair. And so wrong.”

When we asked what type of violent behavior her son had participated in, Jackson said:

“Totally normal kid stuff. I'd LOVE TO meet the 4-year-old boy who's never been in trouble. Never anything that required a formal conference. Nothing violent. He's been in trouble a few times, maybe 3 in a year, because he pretended a stick was a gun, playing cops and robbers, and a toy once to do the same. He also got  “in trouble”  for being excited about learning about hunting. He wasn't allowed to talk about hunting either.”

In Jackson's initial Facebook post, she explained that she and Hunter's fathers do not condone or allow Hunter to have any access to guns in their home:

“Ever. Had we known, we of course would have stopped it.”

Since Hunter was suspended, he expressed to his mother that he does not wish to return to the school.

Jackson told IJR:

“My son has told me that he does not want to go back, so no, I just can't send him back there.”

The preschool's vice principle told Jackson they would be notifying the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in light of the incident.

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