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Thursday, May 5, 2022

The Infamous Hello Kitty Terrorist Case

    Picture ten thousand elementary school teachers and administrators being shaken through a massive intelligence strainer with openings just large enough for people with IQs over 80 to fall through. When imagining the three or four public educators who remain in the big sieve, think of the drooling idiots who run the kindergarten program at the Mount Carmel Area School District 88 miles northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The trouble is, you can't picture these people because on the surface they look and act like folks who have average intelligence and common sense. One would assume that because these educators are in positions of authority over children they can be trusted not to make mind-bogglingly stupid decisions. In public education, however, this is an invalid assumption.

     On January 10, 2013, as a five-year-old Mount Carmel kindergarten student and her classmates waited for their school bus, she and another girl her age were having a pre-schooler type conversation. One of the kids said that when she and her friend got home from kindergarten that day she intended to shoot her playmate with her pink-colored Hello Kitty gun, a toy in the general shape of a firearm that blew soapy bubbles. According to media reports, a "school official" overheard the insidious reference to gun violence and immediately searched the kid's backpack for the bubble-firing weapon. As it turned out the little girl was unarmed. But she wasn't out of the woods.

     The next day, the owner of the Hello Kitty toy and the would-be target of the bubble assault were interrogated by "school officials." (Presumably the Hello Kitty grilling was conducted by the elementary school principal and other education administrators experienced in interrogating terrorist suspects. It's doubtful these schoolhouse inquisitors warned the little girl her Miranda rights.)  The interrogators left the confused and frightened kid in tears. One of the poor girl's teachers told the pint-sized suspect that the police might get involved in her case. 

     The five-year-old suspect must have spilled her guts because someone in elementary school authority suspended the kindergarten kid ten days for making a "terroristic threat." The Hello Kitty terrorist was also ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation. 

     This kindergarten student's stunned family acquired the services of an attorney who managed to get the school suspension reduced from ten days to two days. The psychologist brought in to profile the girl declared the kid perfectly normal.  The lawyer met with elementary school officials in hopes of getting the little girl's record expunged. After public rage over this incident, it was.

     The Mount Carmel school officials responsible for this child's abuse should have been fired and banned from public and private education for life. They were the ones who needed psychological evaluations. 

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