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Lockdown Over Paper Gun Illustrates Zero Tolerance Insanity

What kind of “adult” would order a “lockdown” over this? (Hartford Police photo)

“Paper Gun Leads to School Lockdown in Hartford,” NBC Connecticut reported Tuesday. A student made a crude representation of a handgun using rolled up paper and brought it to McDonough Expeditionary Learning School for sixth to eighth-graders. Unsurprisingly, considering the mentality running public schools these days, school authorities sounded the alarm for men with guns to come save them.

“Everyone is safe and the lockdown has been lifted, according to police,” NBC advised. How the police could assure the first part of that claim is left unexplained. We are, after all, talking about supposed adults who freaked out over the crude facsimile in the above police photograph.  Who could see that and feel justifiably threatened?

Why this even made the news tells us much. As does the ruthless “reconditioning” the poor kid can now expect to be subjected to.

So what should have been done? Barring a lot more to this story than is being told, how about this?

“Johnny, put that away and stop disrupting the class or I’m going to make you get it back from your Mom.”

There’d be no cause to escalate beyond that unless Johnny decided to be stupid and provoke a lesson in logical consequences for testing the adult in charge.

If the school were actually living up to all the great things it says about itself, you’d think such creativity would be encouraged. That gun, while crude, shows imagination, creativity, aptitude and uniqueness. And that’s what they claim to be about, when in reality, those are characteristics the public educational establishment is tasked to stamp out through whatever level of repression and bullying it takes.

“Students [are] empowered to pursue content knowledge on their own,” they brag under a “Special Points” section explaining why they’re a different kind of school. Isn’t that what the kid just did?

“Students demonstrate knowledge through multiple presentation modes,” they elaborate. Ditto.

How about “That’s pretty neat, Johnny. What made you think to build with paper rolls like that?” How about “Building guns interests you? You know we have Colt here in Hartford. Hey, maybe we could arrange a field trip to the Museum of Connecticut History to see their Colt exhibit!”

That ain’t gonna happen.

The Opposite Day nature of “progressivism” reveals itself in the very name of the school, and the acronym it forms, explained in MELS Habits of Scholarship. Knee-jerk “zero tolerance” hysteria over a paper gun hardly speaks to being “Mindful” or “Ethical,” let alone being a “Leader” or a “Scholar.” This whole flap seems as ridiculous as the martinets who argued for upholding a suspension against a seven-year-old for biting a Pop Tart into the shape of a gun.  And is it any wonder that kid was deemed “disruptive,” what with “adults” who would do that to a child forcing their agenda on young minds trying to make sense out of a senseless agenda?

“Home school,” some of you are already doing, and others are no doubt thinking.

We’ll look into that in a future post.



David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.



  1. it scary that such a small incident can provoke that kind of reaction, it reminds me of the demolition man movie.

    1. I grew up in the 1950s. Kids naturally played cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, army, etc. We used toy cap guns, sticks, or whatever for weapons, and we even took them to school for use at recess. We watched television programs where the good guys always won and were our heroes. Mothers didn’t panic. Police didn’t panic. Kids didn’t panic. There were no mass shootings by school kids, and darn few of them grew up to be criminals. Many became national heroes of the military, law enforcement, the space program, medicine, etc. Then Hollywood began making movies where bad guys like Batman did illegal things for the good of society. The lines between good and bad were blurred. The kids growing up had no definite heroes to emulate. They had the good villains. It warped their views, leading to the problems society is faced with today. Compound that with politicians and others who feed off the resulting confusion and chaos and you have a condition ripe for the disaster we are facing today. Removing the bulwarks of society; the 10 Commandments, and other standards which created a solid foundation in right and wrong which influenced children is killing our way of life.

    2. All students are being conditioned to “lockdown” without due process. They are being conditioned to NO objection to false imprisonment. They are being taught that NO citizen has ANY rights under the Constitution. This crap MUST be stopped and NEVER allowed in the future. There needs to be MAJOR lawsuit over denial of Constitutional Rights and FALSE Imprisonment!!! When the thugee says lockdown, go into the victim pose of hands in the air? CRIMINAL RULE HAS BROUGHT THIS!
      Leftist NAZI tactic is now being allowed all over this once free nation. NO crime was committed and no one endangered, except by the fools that overreact and THAT is the real danger. Before long they will say they must kill the children rather than let them see a paper gun! If they lock any child I know up for stupid reasons I do not know how I would react. Recently two children brought a gun to school and a third also brought a gun to school at the same school. The two were talked to about what they had done and that was it. Because the one had told someone that he brought the gun to school for protection from a gang, he was taken out in chains and NO talk at all. Same school different outcomes. One was white and two were black. All are children, but the one that wanted protection denied him by the school against gang violence was chained and dragged from the school at 10years old. Guess you know that the gang members were not even arrested and probably because that would be seen as racist. Criminal rule of this nation must cease or liberty is NO more.

  2. I wouldn’t suppose that President Obama would want to invite this young man to the White House and hold a reunion party with the briefcase clockmaker from Irving Texas?

    1. this is sad. I think his parents should remove him and the Hartford Police must have been laughing at this. this wasted their time, and , God forbid a real crime was happening , and they couldn’t stop it in time, because of this nonsense. this teacher should be fired .

    2. The real name of the bogus prez is Barry Soetero. All politicians in DC are traitors for not indicting the creep.

  3. Cool gun. That kid is an artist. The schools are embroiled in “micro-sensitivity”. They’ve lost touch with common sense. They’re allowing the Furor to control them from the White House. If this isn’t a dictator sitting in the Oval Office, tell me the difference. Just think about the tax dollars wasted while these Morons went over the bend.

  4. Connecticut is synonymous with Sandy Hook. Sandy Hook shocked the nation, scaring parents and generating disgust and fear everywhere. But hey, at least no children died. What is shocking is that State and Federal Officials decidedly used an “active drill exercise” to pass it off as the real thing in order to effect draconian laws aimed at nullifying the Constitution’s 2nd Amendment. I could name a dozen instances showing unequivocally that Sandy Hoax was a false flag op using crisis actors.

    Now why make a big deal of a toy; a lousy facsimile of a gun? Because the real crime is the fraud and the perps involved will use any and all subversive acts (like fear and distraction) to avoid prosecution for seditious acts. Their main problem? Prison. The exorbitant amount of hush-money (bribes) not to mention too all the donations from across the country through the on-line “Go Fund Me” which, by the way had posted the Sandy Hook donation request Thursday, Dec 13, 2012. One problem. Sandy Hoax was, for whatever reason, postponed and reset for Friday. But gee, somebody failed to cancel the ad. This is “major fraud” under the RICO Act and the criminals who committed this crime of defrauding the nation are numerous and many of them hold powerful positions. Notably… Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

    1. It goes beyond being fraudulent into treason and *Terrorism.

      Here in American all who are able are REQUIRED by the US Constitution, our legitimate government (NOT the people who SERVE WITHIN IT as one can tell that the Oath of loyalty, support, defense is to that document), to be armed and trained – yes, in the weapons of war of the day.

      Tench Coxe: “Who are the militia? are they not ourselves. Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American… The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”

      Tench Coxe, ‘Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution’ : “…IT’S THE PEOPLE WITH ARMS, WHO SERVE AS THE ULTIMATE CHECK ON GOVERNMENT”. “As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow-citizens, THE PEOPLE ARE CONFIRMED people are confirmed by the next article IN THEIR RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR THEIR PRIVATE ARMS.”

      Joel Barlow, Revolutionary War veteran, wrote “Advice to the Privileged Orders, in the Several States of Europe”, clergyman, theologian, popular poet, successful diplomat, and American whose political writings were debated on the floor of Parliament said of the US Constitution: “… NOT ONLY PERMITTING EVERY MAN TO ARM, BUT OBLIGING HIM TO ARM.”

      Editorial on Gage’s proclamation stressed that an armed populace must keep government
      in check: “The opposing an arbitrary measure, or resisting an illegal force, is no more
      rebellion than to refuse obedience to a highway-man who demands your purse, or to fight a
      wild beast, that came to devour you. It is morally lawful, in all limited governments, to resist
      that force that wants political power, from the petty constable to the king…. THEY ARE REBELS WHO ARM AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION, NOT THEY WHO DEFEND IT BY ARMS.” “A Freeman,” PA. Evening Post, June 27, 1775, at 2. [Vol. 7:2]

      James Madison, Federalist 46 wrote: “Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation…”

      That teacher, that school is actively working to brainwash our children knowingly or unknowingly (there are always stooges used) does not excuse or exculpate those who commit these actions. Remember the Nuremberg Trials reinforced that “just doing your job” or “just following orders” does NOT excuse one for their own actions. Then to add *terrorism to the mix they called in armed enforcement.

      Just like ALL Oath takers are lawfully responsible for their actions up to and including their lives, so are the people who are under this government are responsible to know the US Constitution and support and defend IT because it is what loyal, honest, responsible people do when they are a part of the enforcement arm of our governments of this nation as the militia that both the state and general (federal) governments legislature is required to call up when needed. Think they are not, look at the US Constitution and see what is not delegated to either the legislative, executive or judicial branches; start to understand that by that omission and by the words within those things they are assigned to “We the people of the united States” (ex: Grand jurys, jury duty, militia, etc) .

      *28 C.F.R. Section 0.85 Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”.

      I know that this is a bit off topic, but is within the same “book”, just a different chapter, being used against our nation, consider this all currently serving law enforcement and military.

      President Truman pushed through the Federal Immigration and National Act of 1952 through Congress. Within it says – Section 8 USC 1324[a](1)(A)[iv][b](iii)that any US citizen that knowingly assists an illegal alien, provides them with employment, food, water or shelter has committed a felony.

      What this means is that knowingly or unknowingly those who serve as officials within the City, county or State who declare their jurisdictions to be “Open Cities, Counties or States are subject to arrest; as are those corrupt law enforcement agencies who chose not to enforce this law.

      Police officers who ignore officials who violate Section 8 USC 1324[a](1)(A)[iv][b](iii) are committing a Section 274 federal felony.

      A;so consider that according to Federal Immigration and National Act of 1952, if you live in a city, county or State that refuses to enforce the law for whatever reason, those officials making those rules are FINANCIALLY liable for any crime committed within their jurisdiction by an illegal alien. It is past time to start enforcing that law against those officials where people have been injured, murdered starting at the local level and working our way up because nothing speaks to those that serve like being “hit in their own pockets” for the actions they commit.

      Remember that a crime(s) committed while serving and under the Oath does NOT have a time limit placed upon it, those that commit them can be held accountable for their actions at any time in their life. I believe that many would get off it there was no real damage to anyone by their actions before being “awoken”, and the actions taken by them after. But it is still something to be considered. The Oaths, and the personal responsibility that comes with them at the time of taking and supposedly keeping them as required is for life.

  5. These Socialist are pity little Dingell Barry’s , who’s brains have been perforated ; Their sassy nosy butt wipes that cry to their mothers about stupid thing’s , like squirt guns and Transgender bathroom’s and now paper guns and any other freaky thing that crosses their mind’s like saving the turtles or the Sewer Snout ; What else would expect !!!

  6. Too many physed majors winding up in positions of academic authority…….or maybe it’s the pot……

  7. Let’s thank the MELS school in Hartford, for giving OathKeepers some good content! An “overabundance of caution” becomes paranoid psychosis in Connecticut! LOL Happy Friday the 13th!

  8. Now the parents of this kid will have to go in for reprogramming from the FFS. Federal Freak Show.

  9. Screw these tight ass lawmakers & POS Governor we have in this state, thank you for being the Idiots that you are Democraps Suck

  10. Yanked my kids out of public indoctrination years ago. Educated them on social studies by taking them to city council meetings, campaign speeches, and Supervisor meetings. Everyone they meet can not believe their maturity level, their vocabulary, and their ability to hold a conversation with direct eye contact. They are fearless with zero hesitations about meeting anyone, of any age, any disability, any race for the potential learning experience. They are not burdened with peer inflicted ‘social’ prejudice. They’re crack shots with rifles and pistols having earned distinguished graduate certificates in both disciplines. We hunt every fall and they have a healthy respect for what a firearm is for. On their own initiative they have enrolled themselves in the hand to hand combat arts.

    They each are impressive representatives of the next generation, not cowards or intellectually destroyed passive individuals. Their hunger for information is stellar, their curiosity intact.

    Public indoctrination is poison, get your kids out!

  11. “What kind of “adult” would order a “lockdown” over this?”

    The kind who is hell-bent on forcing America and Americans under the heels of tyrannical, Marxist, perverted, Islamic Caliphate-building ruling elites.

  12. If I were the “… the police…” called – and constitutional in behavior – I would be talking to an attorney who is well versed in the US Constitution and bring charges against those people within that school who created a situation that placed you in the position of being a *terrorist within our nation, your state by THEIR actions in working to destroy our nation from within, and complicit in the training of our children to be non-Americans under the US Constitution as the supreme law of our land, and under your state Constitution as the highest law of your state, and under your lawfully REQUIRED oath.

    Is it not time to hold those who are actually responsible accountable at all levels of government?

  13. Most of government, along with the news and education industries, have been taken over by leftist morons. They are in the process of re-educating the country to view their insane political ideology as undisputed truth, and the only acceptable way to look at things. We are becoming strangers in our own country — if this is allowed to continue (and not reversed), we will have no country. We’re fast approaching the conditions in much of the rest of the world, where the public has been indoctrinated since infancy that socialism is the only way — and most accept it without question.

  14. I live in CT. It’s the most pathetic ‘progressive totalitarian’ nanny-state I can imagine. It’s not just the anti-gun laws here, but pretty much every aspect of life is regulated to protect us all from something that injured or sickened one or merely several people. If you tell our governor or legislature ‘it’s for the children…’, they would build gas chambers for incinerating whole groups of people (but not of course any Islamists). I’d leave but the economy (aka ‘ex-onomy’) in general is so bad I can’t find a job anywhere else.

    1. dave, it isn’t to protect you it is to control you. Don’t let the language used confuse you as that is the intent. What does it do? Does it limit something you or another may do? Does it stop people from using or having or growing, or ??? Does it change our language, making something different then what its intent was to be pror to that new concept – then it is limiting.
      “Free range kids” to make a crime of kids that play outside in their front or backyard without an adult present. Kids walking to school, or next door to play, etc.
      Kids play “Hide and Seek”, “war” (cards and in yards), Cowboys and Indians (considered a part of our heritage here), etc and now theyand their parents would be arrested.

      All the things that are now called “rascist” – what a joke, and how stupid can people get?

      These are just other ways to control the American people.

      It is really time to at least start bringing charges against those who serve within our governments. Look, good cops are being made into *Terrorists by responding to something that stupid; yet if they did not respond it would also be bad for them. Holding those in that school who were responsible for that/those types of calls is critical. It is not only putting officers in roles that many are not (terrorists), but it is also bad policy to tolerate this as it is destroying our nation through the brainwashing of our children.

      All of us, no matter what we do, when we run into something like this it MUST be brought out into the light and shown for what it is. Ignoring it givers it legitimacy.

      God bless!

      *28 C.F.R. Section 0.85 Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”.


  15. Ask any proponent of Social Justice and they will tell you that one of their prime objectives is for the emasculation of our boys! This is an example of that policy. Mom’s get your boys out of public schools. Otherwise, the schools will raise a girly boy, or worse one that thinks he is a girl…..For the readers, research Social Justice Organizations because it is critical to know your enemy.

  16. Parents need to form a coop of sorts , where they can share the responsibility of home schooling. The coop would need to be based on parent schedules , so that teaching the kids is always covered.

  17. This kind of nutty behavior is probably being pushed from higher up’s inside the Beltway in Washington DC , just like saving the turtles ; Having a squirt gun at school and now locking down a school over a paper gun , which very well might be some form of conditioning of parent’s and students to the idea that this is the new norm and acclimating the general public to the same kind of conditioning ; This is nosy and Sissy kind of freakish paranoid responses to something that is innocent child behavior and criminalizing the child too suit some nutty left-wing agenda . I’m getting sick and tired of all these silly notion’s being perpetrated by our government ; It’s got too stop !!!

  18. This is another example of how far our Government has fallen along with all the other edict’s that they have been doing over and over again : Criminalizing a child for making a paper gun at school and having a forced lockdown of the school , when the paper gun is found ; This has disturbing consequences for all American’s ; What else will they do in the future too vilify the “Second Amendment” ? This kind of acclamation is Fascism in it’s purest form ; Our Republic is being turned up side down and inside out ; How much more can ” We The People ” take ?

  19. How ’bout instead of just complaining about how stupid they are for locking down the school over something made out of paper, give ’em a call and let them know:

    Here’s the number for McDonough Expeditionary Learning School: 860-695-4260

    Maybe if they get enough guff from the public, they’ll think twice before acting like fools.

  20. A prime example of “why” our children are failing on the international stage. Tell them that they are deficient in science (which they are), but to always think with their “Feelings” (which they do).

  21. Looks like a rubber band gun… LOCK DOWN LOCKDOWN. Don’tcha know kid, you’ll put someone’s eye out with that.

  22. I believe that reporting this paper contraption as a “gun” would be filing a false police report. Isn’t that illegal?

    1. Good one. The object looks to be made of tampons primarily which makes the manufacturer a political genius as well. The ” sculpture ” has had me in fits of hysterical laughter.

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