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GOAL Urges Response to Winchendon Suspension

Discussion in 'G.O.A.L. Massachusetts' started by GOAL, May 30, 2008.

  1. GOAL

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    Winchendon Youth Suspended for Memorial Day Souvenir - GOAL Members Urged to Respond

    http://www.goal.org/news/SouvenirSuspension.htm

    Winchendon Youth Suspended for Memorial Day Souvenir

    On May 29, 2008 the Worcester Telegram & Gazette published a story concerning a ten year boy who was immediately suspended when a school employee found him with a spent blank shell. According to the story entitled "Souvenir Rifle Shell Gets 4th Grader Suspended" the young man was given two of the spent casings by a uniformed veteran after a Memorial Day event.

    "This is a tragic example of how far over the edge this state and our schools have gone. For the school officials to react in such a manner is simply inexcusable," said Jim Wallace Executive Director of Gun Owners' Action League. "We have apparently gotten to the point where people running our public schools have such a visceral hatred of anything remotely connected to our constitutional civil rights that they would severely punish anyone who so much as possesses a Memorial Day souvenir. Adults working within a public school should have the intelligence to know the difference between a safety threat and a child cherishing an inanimate object. The truly sad ending to this episode is that I fear the immature reaction by school officials will forever tarnish this young man's view on Memorial Day, Veteran's and his civil rights."

    GOAL is urging all of its members to contact the Winchendon School Department and express their deep concern over the this incident. We would also urge our members to contact their elected officials and let them know that this sort of overreaction should not be tolerated.



    Winchendon School Department

    Brooke Clenchy, Superintendent of Schools

    978-297-0031

    http://www.winchendon.mec.edu/
     
  2. Mike-Mike

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  3. Mike-Mike

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    Just spoke with the nice lady. She said "Ok Thanks for calling"
     
  4. KMaurer

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    Let's not be too harsh with the school officials. After all, they could (and some people would argue should) have called the police to have the kid charged with possession ammunitions components without an FID card. While it's always easier to target local officials (particular school administrators who as a group have already demonstrated a devotion to fascism unrivaled outside of 1930's Europe), most of the heat for this one should drift up to Beacon Hill.

    Ken
     
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    I called and requested that the principal re-think her decision. This BULLSHIT needs to stop.

    This little boy should be out building forts and skipping rocks across a pond instead he is fast becoming a martyr.

    Maybe the Legislature will wake up and see just what good their policies do. I'll call them and point this unitended consequence out to them.

    "Hi, this is Henry B., I'm very displeased with the happenings in Winchendon"
     
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    Called, nice Lady. She sounded like she had gotten many calls today, but was still polite :)
     
  7. GOAL

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    Please check the GOAL website for an update. Thanks to everyone who responded so quickly.
     
  8. Lugnut

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    Hmmm. I see a dilema or a plot.. I'm not sure. The super was warned that possession of the case was illegal... but the 4th grader... should he be arrested? [wink]
     
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    This is from the original post that set everyone off:

    "But he has been suspended for 5 days because it is gun related."

    "They knew where the shell casing came from, they knew there was no danger, no weapon. 5 days suspension for an empty shell casing."

    I know the original post stated the kid gave them a hard time, and I also know from other sources that he has been trouble in the past as he is special needs (no offense). But.... Was he suspended for the shell casing or not? The original post seems to state that. It'd be interesting to find out if the school sent a letter to the parents stating the actual reason. If they haven't sent one already, I'd bet they're sending one now stating it had nothing to do with the shell casing!
     
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    According to MA,it's considered ammunition and illegal to posess without the proper credentials.

    The scorn should be directed to the officials at the state house to point out the absurdity of the laws,rather than the school officials.By the letter of the law,this kid should be going to trial,paying a fine,and the guy who gave him the brass should be brought up on charges as well.

    The best thing that can happen is if this kid is brought up on charges and the details of the case start spreading around the country.
     
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  11. massnee

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    in this state the kid is lucky he did not get 5 days in the slammer with a felony conviction. [hmmm]
     
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    I could not agree more. It is the law and after all it is to 'protect the children.' At the
    very least the guy who gave him the brass should be going to trial and paying the fine.
    Only then will the embarrassment of the total stupidity of the AG and Jacques legacy
    be truly recognized for what it is and was. It's time to start persecuting the innocent,
    oops I mean guilty.
     
  13. WILDCATT

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    any of you old enuf to know of the many Mass schools which had rifle clubs in them.Malden high did and the team was in the first three winners nationaly.I know as I was top shooter with Bill Barret who became fire commisioner.[smile]
     
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    This is a law that needs to be changed. Components of ammo should not be considered ammo.
     

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