I was reminded today of the 2008 Barnardo’s Poll which caused such a hypersensitive outcry in the Guardian – of Henry Porter leaping to the defence of the ‘imaginary’ 50% of children who were ‘responsible for most crime in Britain’ by pointing out that it was only 12% in reality…..that’s OK then.
Or Sam Allen in more recent days reminding readers that her community had “people who, if they are silenced, will act in a way that will ensure they will be heard.”
In Houston, Texas, parents are clamouring for metal detectors to be installed in a kindergarten – the authorities say they can’t afford it; they already have metal detectors and all available police officers deployed at the junior and middle schools.
Why? A six year old boy packed a loaded semi-automatic pistol along with his fizzy drink and monster munchie pack and trotted off to kindergarten – during ‘play time’ he managed to shoot himself in the foot – and two other pre-school children – whilst they were eating lunch.
“School security and national security experts say the rarity of such incidents among younger students make spending limited resources on such things as metal detectors impractical.”
Naturally, the six year old has been ‘disciplined’ – he has been expelled from the school, only for a year, proportionate response etc., etc. – and sent to a different kindergarten!
Lacy Becerril, whose 6-year-old son Carlos was in the cafeteria at the time of the shooting, said she thinks the school district should reconsider its decision. “I’m not satisfied. The boy wouldn’t have been able to take the gun into class if he had passed through a metal detector. They would have caught him right then and there,” said Becerril, 29, a patient care technician. (Is that what used to be a ‘nurse’? Ed.)
It is not the first such recorded incident – in January, a 5 year old bought a loaded gun into a Florida school; previously a third grade student managed to get a hand gun past metal detectors in another school.
“Experts say more effective prevention efforts include working directly with parents and students on gun safety, better training of faculty and staff and building better trust between teachers and students.”
Not a single word in all three articles that I could find about parental responsibility to make sure the little shavers don’t get their hands on a gun in the first place – just ‘better gun safety’; ‘better staff training’.
Armed six year olds, ensuring their ‘voices are heard’ – is this the future we have to look forward to?
UPDATE: And today – a two year old has shot his Mother dead…….