By Ben Velderman
CARO, Mich. – At least he wasn’t suspended or charged with a hate crime.
Last week, a third grade boy at Michigan’s Schall Elementary School brought 30 cupcakes to school in celebration of his ninth birthday. The cupcakes were topped “with plastic army guys like the ones countless boys and girls have played with for decades,” reports WNEM.com.
But Principal Susan Wright stopped the boy from passing the treats out to classmates until the plastic army soldiers had been removed. Wright said the figures were “insensitive” in light of the recent Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut.
Wright called the boy’s father, Casey Fountain, personally to explain her reasoning.
But Fountain didn’t accept the explanation. He said the plastic figures represent WWII soldiers and have no relation to Sandy Hook, reports KCTV5.com.
We’d go even further: Not only were American soldiers not responsible for the Newtown massacre, but they risk their lives every day to protect innocent civilians from evil.
Any complaints about the toy soldiers from parents or students would have allowed school leaders to explain the contributions our fighting men and women make to preserving the American way of life.
Apparently, that would be asking too much.
Wright is standing by her decision and released a statement to the press on Thursday.
“Recently, a third grade boy brought cupcakes to school with plastic soldiers carrying weapons atop each one. These are toys that were commonplace in the past. However some parents prohibit all guns as toys. In light of that difference, the school offered to replace the soldiers with another item and the soldiers were returned home with the student,” Wright said in the prepared statement.
Wright attempted to tamp down any forthcoming national controversy by giving lip service to the American military personnel.
“By not permitting toy soldiers on cupcakes at school, no disrespect for our military or for the brave men and women who defend our right to have differences was intended,” Wright said.
Whether intentional or not, Wright did dishonor American service men and women by lumping them in with the deranged gunman who shot down 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.