Are we hypersensitive causing irrational responses?

Posted Thursday, April 10th, 2014. Filed Under Voices of wisdom

I am finally getting to my blog this week.

I wanted to address an article that I saw in The National Post on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, “Boy’s twirling pencil prompts strip search, suspension from N. J. school”.

I know that today we are so sensitive about things happening in school. This past week a student walked into a high school with knives in hand and started lashing out, cutting and stabbing people randomly. I don’t understand what prompts this behaviour. As a result our schools, especially in the US have become hyper sensitive.

I feel that we have lost common sense and a balance between allowing kids to be kids and being so overprotected.

The article shared a 13-year-old New Jersey boy has been suspended for twirling his pencil around in math class and making another student uncomfortable. This boy, a 7th grader, was fiddling with the pencil when another student yelled, “He’s making gun motions, send him to juvie!” The school suspended this boy and ordered him to undergo a physical and psychological evaluation. When a reporter spoke to the boy’s father he said, “I’m absolutely livid. I think it’s gross misconduct at its finest. They took something so minimal and took it so far over the edge.”

His son was stripped searched and forced to give blood and urine samples for drug testing. A superintendent for this area said school policy requires an investigation when anyone in the school feels uncomfortable or threatened by a student.

When I read this article I nearly fell over. Growing up everyone fiddled with their pencils/pens. Even I did. My brother is so fidgety and I could easily see him fiddling with pencils. I think what would have happened to him. Have we gone too far?

This father thinks so. I too think so. I am not saying to not be aware of your surroundings. That is being responsible. This story makes me feel like the story of the boy who cried wolf. If we respond like this to situation described above how do we respond to situations that really require a severe and swift response.

I believe we need to step back and put some perspective into our policies. Also what are we teaching out children? We are creating a super hyper sensitive culture. I want my children to be street smart, be aware of their environment, empowered to deal with issues and make good decisions.

The situation of the boy that entered the high school at 7am with a knife is a situation that would require a swift and severe response. Lives were at stake.

This week is a powerful week with the full moon eclipse. Stay grounded. Be true to who you are.

All my love,

Sandra

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