(Congressman Steve Stockman released the following statement Tuesday afternoon):
In response to a recent wave of school authorities punishing children for innocent expression, I have introduced H.R. 2625, the “Student Protection Act.”
Too often, so-called “zero tolerance” policies are being abused by school authorities to punish children for innocent play or, worse, try to indoctrinate them to be terrified of anything even shaped like a gun. Instead of nurturing young minds these policies are traumatizing children who did nothing wrong or instilling in them irrational fears.
Why are taxpayer dollars being spent to subsidize this insanity?
Schools should be places where children learn. Punishing children for playing “cops and robbers” or taking a bite out of a Pop-Tart that makes it somewhat resemble a gun is not healthy for children.
Something must be done to restore sanity to the schoolroom. The Student Protection Act would end the practice of using federal taxpayer dollars to subsidize schools that enforce these policies that abuse and harm young children.