Kid suspended for drawing a laser gun.

It used to be you had to bring an actual gun to school in order to be suspended for it. These days all you have to do is draw something that looks like it could be a gun and the chances are good your school will suspend you:

“I just can’t believe that there wasn’t another way to resolve this,” said Paula Mosteller, the boy’s mother. “He’s so upset. The school made him feel like he committed a crime. They are doing more damage than good.”

The Mostellers said the drawing did not show blood, bullets, injuries, or target any human. They said it was just a drawing that resembled a gun.

But Payne Junior High administrators thought the sketch was enough of a threat and gave the boy a five-day suspension, later reduced to three days.

Chandler district spokesman Terry Locke said the sketch was “absolutely considered a threat,” and threatening words or pictures are punishable.

This is just idiotic. You want to know just how idiotic it is? Listen to the school administrator’s justification for their actions:

Ben Mosteller said that when he came to the school to discuss his son’s punishment, school officials mentioned the seriousness of the issue and talked about the massacre at Colorado’s Columbine High School – the site where two teenagers shot and killed 12 students and injured 24 others in 1999.

Last I checked the assholes who shot up Columbine used real guns, not drawings of guns. Let’s try using a little common sense here, folks. How can you expect to teach kids how to think when you refuse to do it yourselves?