You may very well be right Jim,unfortunately,but after having a night to think about this something fairly disturbing occurred to me.
Let's say you or I had been in the room watching an adult behave in such a manner to a young child.
I don't know about you but I sure would have been forced to step in and defend the child, mine or not.
There were at least two adults, and in all likelihood by this time more, in that room. Everyone thought it was okay to treat this child this way? At the very least wouldn't step in to stop it?
Who are we sending our kids to every day they go to school? We've now seen enough of this behavior to know this is not one isolated incident, we have numerous examples of children being treated this way for things that could never be used as, or mistaken for, real weapons.
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