“I believe that children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way” is a great opening line for Whitney Houston’s song “The Greatest Love of All.” It practically predicted Millennials’ obsession with self-love. But let’s expand on the line beyond a literal interpretation. Teach children well, and let them lead the way… when they’re adults. Preferably sometime over thirty. From ages 0-18 (and well into the twenties), young people have as much of an understanding of life as a pet rock. Which is why young people are barred from many a thing. Like voting. Sure, sure, teeny boppers are free to have opinions. It’s just those opinions aren’t as valuable as, say, a sandwich.
Enter this Texas school district, threatening to suspend whiny brats who’re skipping school to protest “gun violence.” Needville Independent School District (ISD) Superintendent Curtis Rhodes is actually doing something of value. In a letter to students, Rhodes wrote:
“Please be advised that the Needville ISD will not allow a student demonstration during school hours for any type of protest or awareness!!”
“Should students choose to do so, they will be suspended from school for 3 days and face all the consequences that come along with an out of school suspension.”
“Life is about choices, every choice has a consequence whether it be positive or negative.”
“We will discipline no matter if it is one, fifty, or five hundred students involved.”
Good, because contrary to popular opinion of the Teen Vogue variety, students who happen to be minors don’t really have the right to skip out of class to peacefully assemble without consequence. Whether they’re peacefully assembling to protest “gun violence” or to gather hunting parties for Pokemon Go.
Far be it from me to shake my four-pronged cane at the children, but sit down and leave the big talk to the adults. Heck, adults barely care what other adults write on their purchased-at-JoAnn’s-white board protest signs. We care even less what Justin Beiber’s fanbase thinks about (fill in issue here).
Kids, if y’all are worried enough about “gun violence” in schools (which is fair, I grant you), maybe do more than throw collective tantrums and hashtagging it #democracy. Crack a few of those history books the taxpayers are funding, see if you can trace some gun control history back to tyrannical governments (like Hitler). Then, run a few Google searches for good people with guns stopping bad people with guns. Lemme get you started:
- WATCH: Thugs Rob 7-Eleven with Fake Guns. Security Guard’s Gun is Real.
- BADASS: Bloodied Senior Blows Away Muggers in Best Way Possible
- Guy Tries to Rob Taco Bell, Gets Dropped by Armed Employees
Then, maybe have a little student body discussion about “hey, wouldn’t it be cool if our teachers were locked and loaded?”