Archive for Saturday, June 19, 2010

Boy who made banned soldier hat gets medal

June 19, 2010


— A Rhode Island boy whose school banned a hat he made because the toy soldiers on it carried tiny guns was awarded a medal on Friday for his patriotic efforts.

Lt. Gen. Reginald Centracchio, the retired head of the Rhode Island National Guard, gave 8-year-old David Morales a medal called a challenge coin during an appearance on WPRO-AM’s John DePetro show.

Centracchio said the second-grader should be thanked for recognizing veterans and soldiers.

“You did nothing wrong, and you did an outstanding job,” he said. “We can only hope that kids of your caliber will continue to defend this country.”

Centracchio also gave David a certificate that allows him to call himself a brigadier general.

David was assigned to make a hat last week for a project at the Tiogue School in Coventry. He chose a patriotic theme and glued plastic Army figures to a camouflage baseball cap. But school officials said the hat ran afoul of their no-weapons policy because the Army men held tiny guns.


number3of5 7 years, 10 months ago

When will people learn that guns are not evil. It is the people who use them in an improper way that are evil.If I lay a gun on my kitchen table, it will just lie there and do nothing. If however someone with evil on their mind picks it up and uses it to commit a crime, it is the person who is to blame not the gun. There is no way that plastic toy soldiers can commit a crime.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

Given you spelling difficulties, perhaps you should consider "cut and paste."

somebodynew 7 years, 10 months ago

Pot meet kettle.

Bozo, if you are going to criticize a poster's spelling shouldn't you make sure yours is correct (i.e. "Given you spelling..... should probably be YOUR spelling ......). Just saying.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

Yea, I saw that just as I hit the "post" button-- too late to fix it.

Sierraclub's posts rarely (never?) go beyond pointless whining, which is the case with most of those who are so eager to whine about Merrill's posts. Perhaps rather than pointing out his inability to spell, I should have recommended that he take up "cut and paste" as a way to have some sort of content in his posts.

somebodynew 7 years, 10 months ago

GHood points. I have done the same in the past. Just couldn't resist pointing it out. No offense meant as I know you normally have good posts (not that I neccessarily agree with them).

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 10 months ago

It's funny but my son never had much liking for toy guns or soldiers when he was growing up. I did dress him up as Woody from Toy Story one Halloween when he was three but he didn't play with the toy guns. He did like toy soldiers but only because we would divide into teams and blow them up with firecrackers in mock "wars" on the Fourth. We'd go through huge bags of them from the dollar store. It's not that he didn't have them available to him. He just had no interest.

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