School Confiscates Third-Grader's Cupcakes Decorated With Toy Soldiers
According to Fox News Radio, a Michigan elementary school confiscated homemade cupcakes from a third-grader because they were decorated with plastic green Army soldiers.
The mother of the student, Casey Fountain told Fox News that the principal of the Schall Elementary School in the town of Caro, Michigan, called the cupcakes "insensitive" in light of the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.
Mr. Fountain says his wife delivered the cupcakes to the front office in the morning:
"About 15 minutes later the school called my wife and told her the couldn't serve the cupcakes because the soldiers had guns," Fountain told Fox News.
According to the report, Principal Susan Wright released a statement defending the decision:
"These are toys that were commonplace in the past," she wrote. "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."
"Living in a democratic society entails respect for opposing opinions," she stated. "In the climate of recent events in schools we walk a delicate balance in teaching non-violence in our buildings and trying to ensure a safe, peaceful atmosphere."
Unfortunately, this isn't the first incident like this to be reported.
Just this week, a seven-year old elementary student was suspended for shaping a Pop-Tart into a gun. In early February, a second-grader was suspended for playing "Rescue the World" and throwing a fake grenade at "evil forces." In January, a first-grader was suspended for making a gun gesture with his hand.