Thoughtcrime - FW: Boy Suspended for Pointing Chicken Finger

From: Russell Whitaker (
Date: Thu Feb 01 2001 - 09:47:06 MST

Note the quote: "It's not the
object in the hand, it's the thought in the mind..."

We're now punishing Thought Crime in this country.


>From: "Dale Seago" <>
>Reply-To: <>
>To: <>
>Subject: FW: Boy Suspended for Pointing Chicken Finger: From The Associated
>Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2001 08:01:04 -0800
>Boy Suspended for Pointing Chicken Finger: From The Associated
>Fortunately, the chicken was not loaded or there would obviously have
>been a bloodbath.
>-- D.
> Site List:Tampa Bay OnlineThe Tampa TribuneWFLAWeather

> Jan 31, 2001 - 06:53 PM
> Boy Suspended for Pointing Chicken Finger
> The Associated Press
> JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - An 8-year-old boy was suspended from
>school for 3 days after pointing a breaded chicken finger at a teacher and
>saying, "Pow, pow, pow."
> The incident apparently violated the Jonesboro School
>zero-tolerance policy against weapons. The boy was suspended last week.
> Kelli Kissinger, mother of first-grader Christopher, said she
>believed the punishment was too severe.
> "I think a chicken strip is something insignificant," she
>"It's just a piece of chicken. How could you play like it's a gun?"
> South Elementary principal Dan Sullivan said he was prevented
>law from discussing Christopher's suspension.
> Sullivan said the school has zero-tolerance rules because the
>public wants them.
> In March 1998, four students and a teacher were killed and 10
>others wounded when two youths opened fire on a schoolyard at Jonesboro's
>Westside Middle School.
> "People saw real threats to the safety and security of their
>students," Sullivan said.
> A school discipline form provided by the boy's mother and
>by Sullivan says the child was suspended because he "took a chicken strip
>off his plate, pointed it at (a teacher) and said 'Pow, pow, pow,' like he
>was shooting her."
> Sullivan said punishment for a threat "depends on the tone,
>demeanor, and in some manner you judge the intent. It's not the object in
>the hand, it's the thought in the mind. Is a plastic fork worse than a
>fork? Is a pencil a weapon?"

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