Archive for Friday, June 18, 2010

School bans toy soldiers on child’s hat

June 18, 2010


Hat created by David Morales

Hat created by David Morales

— Christan Morales said her son wanted to honor American troops when he wore a hat to school decorated with an American flag and plastic Army figures.

But the school banned the hat because it ran afoul of the district’s zero-tolerance weapons policy. Why? The toy soldiers were carrying tiny guns.

Morales’ son, David, 8, had been assigned to make a hat for the day when his second-grade class would meet pen pals from another school. She and her son decided to add patriotic decorations to a camouflage hat.

After the hat was banned, the principal at the Tiogue School in Coventry said the hat would be fine if David replaced the men holding weapons with ones that didn’t have any, according to Superintendent Kenneth R. Di Pietro. But, Morales said, the family had only one Army figure without a weapon (he was carrying binoculars).

On Thursday, Di Pietro and the principal met with the retired commander of the Rhode Island National Guard, at the commander’s request. Lt. Gen. Reginald Centracchio said he disagreed with the hat ban.

“The American soldier is armed. That’s why they’re called the armed forces,” he said. “If you’re going to portray it any other way, you miss the point.”


anon1958 7 years, 9 months ago

When my oldest son was 5 years old, he showed me a piece of bread that he sculpted into the shape of a pistol by nibbling it. People like this school principal are just idiots in their extremism and hope that they can have zero gun shaped objects in their school.

jaywalker 7 years, 9 months ago

Oh, for the love...... This from the same region that brings you "No clapping or cheering or scoring" little league sports and made teachers switch to purple markers from red for homework scoring (because of the "stigma").

whats_going_on 7 years, 9 months ago

I think they probably should be worried more about this getting getting bullied on the playground for wearing toys, but whatev.

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