Letter: Nerf gun controversy at Pasco school defied common sense

April 1, 2013 

Did the world suddenly go flat and common sense fall over the edge? I am referring to 6-year-old Noah, (student of Pasco School District) being temporarily suspended from first grade for talking about his Nerf guns at school and because a classmate reporting him because she felt her "health and safety were threatened." These guns shoot sponge "bullets" and are treasured by girls and boys alike. And, who put those "words" in that little girl's mouth, I wonder? Little girls beware, no more Barbie and Ken talk.

Although Noah's "suspension" was reduced to a reprimand for "disruption" and the incident expunged from Noah's file, he and his family were clearly embarrassed. I sincerely hope his father sues the school district for its lack of common sense in this matter and ask for an extraordinary amount of money to ensure Noah's college education. Maybe this would again put freedom of speech and common sense back into the "system."

BEV WARDLOW, Kennewick

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