Is common sense reasserting itself?

Since I like to keep up with current music, when I’m in the car I often listen to Sirius XM Hits 1 (channel 2), which tracks the Top 40 songs.  Weekday mornings, Hits 1 offers the Morning MashUp, which consists of two guys and a gal chatting together about celebrity gossip and taking listener phone calls.

Today, much to my surprise, I tuned in to hear this trio talking about the case of the seven year old boy who was suspended from school for lobbing an imaginary grenade at an imaginary box of imaginary bad guys.  Even more to my surprise, the Morning MashUp gang was infuriated by the suspension.  Their attitude was that kids have to be kids, that children should be allowed to exercise their imaginations, that children have always played cops and robbers, and that the school massively overreacted.

I agree completely with the Morning MashUp gang.  I also wonder if (or, perhaps, hope that) they are the tip of the iceberg, with the iceberg being a backlash against the stifling conformity and inanity of the various liberal ukases that control more and more of our lives and of our children’s lives.

As an aside, I’m also willing to bet that there is, or easily could be, a study showing that destroying imaginary bad guys, whether by lobbing pretend grenades or having a wild game of cops and robbers, isn’t a psychologically necessary way for children to deal with fear.  Children are certainly fearful.  They have very little control over their lives and their world is peopled with danger, both real and (because they are children) imaginary.  Being able to throw a grenade at the bad guys sounds like a perfectly therapeutic imaging exercise designed to empower a fearful child.

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  • JKB

    Seems like the kid made a perfectly valid choice in the circumstance.  Bad guys boxed in, no innocents in line of fire, dynamic entry posed a high risk to the good guys, so he used grenades.  Very appropriate decision.  

  • rick9911

    I just read about you in “Crazifornia”.

  • jj

    “They have very little control over their lives, and their world is peopled with danger…”  A comment that gets me thinking, a bit.  As adults our world isn’t?  You have no more control over your life than any eight-year old you’re apt to encounter does.  Your money buys 20% less than it did five years ago – what are you going to do about it?  Your savings, retirement, and the value of your home has turned to offal – what are you going to do ab out it?  If a bunch of guys you never heard of working for a company you never heard of stop backing their trucks up to the loading dock at the local supermarket and it becomes as empty as the kid’s cookie jar – what are you going to do about it?  If the morons who annoy us all at the airport miss the one guy who actually has a bomb – a perfectly likely scenario given the splendid professionalism of the TSA – what are you going to do about it?  If the truck doesn’t arrive at the gas station twice a week – what are you going to do about it?  If it does, but the price of the gas quadruples in the next 48 hours – what are you going to do about it?  A heavily armed and dangerous moron with a shitty attitude fires a bunch of wild shots while in pursuit of somebody, and a couple of them arrive in your lap, as happened in this latest California spasm of cop idiocy – what are you going to do about it?
    You think your world is safer and more ordered than the kid”s?  Really?  You’re just older, that’s all.  The kid’s view of what can screw his life up beyond repair is a little inchoate, yours is a lot more fully formed.  Which means that you should be, if anything, about ten times as scared as any kid: you can see what’s coming.

  • Libby

    Hubby and I talked about this – how kids seem to be hardwired to play these sorts of games: cops vs.robbers, cowboys vs. indians, aliens vs. humans, etc. My son played FBI vs. bad guys with his buddies during recess throughout 2nd & 3rd grade. After this imaginary grenade story came out he admitted that they had been advised not to use finger guns by some teacher/monitor killjoy. Seems that they’re just engaging in some role play about right vs. wrong behavior, or good vs. evil. Shouldn’t be a big deal.

  • Spartacus

    Every time I see one of these “Alice suspended from Wonderland, sent back to real world” stories, I can’t help but think that the school is doing the kid a favor.  If Mom & Dad pick up their marbles and send Alice to a more sensible school as a result, hallelujah.  Or if they at least just have that important talk with Alice about how “Sometimes, grown-ups try to teach you things that are bat-**** crazy, so be careful what you believe,” then at least that’s an important step forward.

  • Ymarsakar

    Oh there’s a bunch of people who dislike the Leftist regime. They just aren’t organized, and thus have no real power. It’s similar to how some slaves dislike their circumstance, while others prefer to keep whatever safety and stability they do have. This usually gets thrown in a pressure cooker until it ends up in a huge death revolt.

  • Ymarsakar

    The difference between the adult and the kid isn’t the fear itself, but what they can do about it. The kids don’t have access to powerful tools to make their desires real. Adults, however, do.
    If they don’t know how to kill evil, I or others like me, will merely teach them. If they lack the tools, they can buy the tools, or find someone to make them the tools. All they have to have, in the end, is the mere “desire” to do so.
    Does the slave wish to be free or does the slave wish to remain a slave? Two paths from one life.