If you’re foolish enough to spend an inordinate amount of time in your own head these days, it’s easy enough to convince yourself that the world is ending.
California is ablaze. We’re 7 months into a global pandemic. Each political candidate says that the other is going to end America as we know it. It’s enough to drive us crazy, and it’s about time that we recognize that we are all in this together.
Maybe it’s time to cut everyone a little slack, and remember that we’re all in this together. Now is not the time to be putting undue stress on anyone else.
That why this next story is so disheartening.
A 12-year-old boy in Colorado got a five-day suspension for flashing a toy gun across his computer screen during an online art class, according to a report.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said although the teacher thought it was a toy gun authorities still did a welfare check on Isaiah Elliott without parental notification.
“It was really frightening and upsetting for me as a parent, especially as the parent of an African-American young man, especially given what’s going on in our country right now,” Curtis Elliott, Isaiah’s father, told KDVR.
He said his son, who has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and has learning disabilities, wasn’t aware the gun was shown on screen in his distance learning.
The moment was traumatic for Isaiah.
“He was in tears when the cops came. He was just in tears. He was scared. We all were scared. I literally was scared for his life,” said Curtis Elliott.
“The virtual setting is not the same as the school setting,” the dad added. “He did not take the toy gun to school. He’s in the comfort of his own home. It’s a toy.”
To make matters worse, the toy in question was bright green with an orange safety tip and “zombie hunter” emblazoned on the side.
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