A new law introduced Wednesday in Oklahoma would aim to limit ridiculous ‘zero tolerance' rules in schools that cause overreactions such as the case of a Maryland boy suspended because he chewed his Pop-Tart to shape it like a gun.
State representative Sally Kern introduced the bill, dubbed the “Common Sense Zero Tolerance Act.”
Students across the country have faced some serious consequences recently for harmless actions, such as aiming imaginary arrows at fellow students and Kern hopes her bill will help protect children from this sort of knee-jerk overreaction that seems all too common.
Here are some of the actions protected by HB 2351:
1. Brandishing a pastry or other food which is partially consumed in such a way that the remnant resembles a weapon.
2. Possession of a toy weapon which is five (5) inches or less.
3. Possession of a toy weapon made of plastic or wood snap-together building blocks.
4. Using a finger or hand to simulate a weapon.
5. Vocalizing imaginary firearms or munitions.
6. Wearing articles of clothing or accessories that support or advance Second Amendment rights or organizations.
The bill goes on to say its passage is “necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety.”