In the wake of the tragic shootings that have shocked the country, most schools have banned their students from bringing toy firearms with them to class. Which makes perfect sense — a teacher could easily mistake a toy gun for a real gun and fly into a total panic. Many parents are completely on board with this rule, but South Dakota mom Stephenie Metz is furious that her kiddos' school won't let them wander around with toy guns.
Stephenie took it to her blog, The Metz Family Adventure, to chat about her feelings in a post titled "Why My Kids Are NOT the Center of My World," writing that her son "was looking for something to take to show and tell and decided on an action figure that held a little drill. But then he changed his mind: 'I better not take this. My teacher will probably think it's a gun, and then I'll get in trouble.'"
Apparently, the thought of her son getting into trouble for having a toy weapon upset Metz, and she wrote, "How long before they get suspended from daycare??? How long will it be before one of them gets upset with a friend, tells that friend to go away and leave them alone, and subsequently gets labeled as a bully?"
Metz went on to say that the mentality of 2013's society is "nauseating" to her, and that she misses the good ol' days when boys could be boys. "Today, those little boys — if caught doing that — are labeled as threats, and immediate action is taken to remove that threat from the group," she wrote, adding that girls who are bullied shouldn't be pitied. "[Her] whole world crumbles around her, she contemplates suicide, and this society encourages her to feel like her world truly has ended, and she should feel entitled to a world-wide pity party."
Metz says teenage bullies are just "acting like — gasp — a teenage girl acts," and that she hopes her sons will grow into respectable men who can "thrive and succeed" despite the changing views of society.
It goes without saying that Metz's views are controversial. Do you agree that kids should be allowed to bring toy weapons to school, or is this completely unacceptable considering the number of school shootings that have happened in the past decade? Furthermore, how do you feel about Metz's stance on school bullying?
Source: Daily Mail