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Tag and Trapezoids kill

In twp separate but related incidents, public schools banned the game Tag and suspended a 13-year old kid that drew a gun that looked more like a trapezoid with smiley faces.

Wow. The series of school shootings that happened a few years ago shouldn’t be ignored, and I think schools did a few things right when it came to responding to threats of violence. But this is taking it way too far. The drawing didn’t even LOOK like a gun. What’s more is that preventing students from drawing weapons will not take away their fascination in them. What kid didn’t play soldier or pretend to shoot people with their finger guns?

On the other hand, I agree with the suspension of the kid. If he is that deluded to think that a gun looks like that and has smiley faces on it, he should learn a lesson.

The justification that the Colorado school uses for banning Tag is absolutely ridiculous. “[Tag ] causes a lot of conflict on the playground”. Conflict is an inherent aspect of life! Every conflict I have been through has made me a stronger person. If these kids don’t know how to deal with conflict young, what are they going to do in Middle and High School, college, and in the real world? What the hell is happening to our country? Our country is turning into a country full of sissies. These schools banning Tag are deluding our nation’s youth into thinking that life is fair, that there are no winners or losers, and that everyone can live in harmony without scraped knees. Bullshit.

  1. CJ Ciaramella says:

    When I was in highschool we played everyone vs. everyone dodgeball to warm up for weights class. The PE teacher gave out extra credit for hitting people in the face, or he would give extra cred for hitting certain students he didn’t like. He was pretty much the coolest PE teacher ever. The best part was the administration hated him, but they couldn’t fire him because he was the head football coach.

  2. Jake says:

    First dodgeball now tag. How are we supposed to weed out the fat and asthmatic?

  3. Sean says:

    Olly, please elaborate.

  4. Olly says:


  5. T says:

    Um, since when is the Portland Mercury “hilarious”, or was that a bit of sarcasm I didn’t catch?

  6. Niedermeyer says:

    More from the “Nous Somme Tout L’Victim” file:

    As the always-hilarious Portland Mercury “One Day At A Time” puts it

    “OH, BOO-HOO-HOO. Getting chased by Lindsay Lohan is the greatest single thing that ever happened in your miserable non-famous life, Rice. Instead of suing, you should be paying LINDSAY. She’s the one stuck in rehab after all.”

  7. Timothy says:

    Frankly, sir, that insinuation hurt my feelings and I’m filing suit! Emotional distress!

  8. Vincent. says:

    We’re slowly becoming a nation without common sense or coping skills, if we’re not there already.

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