The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 8, 2013

A lack of common sense

The Commercial-News

---- — Editor:

Here are a couple of things I’ve seen or heard in the last month that make me think all I was taught when I was young was for naught.

A little girl had sensitive skin and was allergic to too much sunshine. She had some special medicine, but the school system would not let her bring it to school because of its ban on students self-medicating. She also was not allowed to wear a hat, so she received a bad sunburn and health issues followed.

In another case, a child ate a Pop-Tart and it looked like a gun, so he went, “Pow! Pow!” He was either expelled or punished.

Another child was playing as kids do, and went “Pow! Pow!” with his fingers. He was expelled.

But the icing on the cake was the 16-year-old who had his fishing knife locked in his tackle box in his car, but had the misfortune to park on school property. He was arrested for carrying a knife to school and had to hire a lawyer to clear his name so he would not have a police record.

I know I’m going to receive a lot of disagreement, but I say — lighten up!

What little boy hasn’t played cops and robbers using his fingers?

I think these charges are too severe and we had better start teaching common sense, because it sure seems no one has any.

Wilmetta Feezor