Have you heard about the fourteen-year-old honor student in Virginia who was caught red-handed and charged with criminal assault -- for shooting spitwads? No kidding. It happened this past December. Apparently, the powers-that-be at this child's school are recommending felony charges against him for possessing a deadly weapon. Ummm.... Huh? A deadly weapon? We're talking about tiny bits of styrofoam blown through the emptied-out barrel of a ball point pen here. Stupid. Childish. But not deadly.
I was a pipsqueak nine-year-old with a curly mop of hair hanging in my face; he was a linebacker disguised as a fifth grade Catholic grade school student. (It seems I recall he even had a hint of a mustache...) But I deserved the punishment I got, and it was more than sufficient. I can honestly say that from that day to this, I have never purposely dropped anything on anyone's foot -- especially around teaching Sisters.
But, seriously... though I really should not have dropped that concrete block on that boy's foot, I expect the playground Sister saw what was going on, and knew that what I did was...
But not deadly.
And no charges were pressed.
Common sense still reigned.
When did we lose that?
Question: Have you ever shot a spitwad? Homeschoolers can answer this one, too...