Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Thursday, February 26, 2004


An update: Third-grader back in school after suspension for having toy gun

The Associated Press
2/26/2004, 1:43 p.m. CT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A third-grader suspended for bringing an inch-long, G.I. Joe toy gun to school was reinstated Thursday, after school officials decided the toy wasn't a violation of a zero-tolerance policy against weapons, the boy's grandmother said.

Vicki Stewart, who is also the legal guardian for 9-year-old Austin Crittenden, said her grandson returned to Sun Valley Elementary School three days after being sent home by Principal Teresa Ragland.

"They voided the suspension and said even the days he was out would be excused, and he would make up all of his work, and this would not be on his record," Stewart said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

Ragland had suspended the boy Monday after deciding the tiny toy was prohibited by school policy against "possession of a weapon firearm replica."

But Stewart said it became clear at a Thursday morning meeting with Birmingham City Schools officials that the policy only concerns weapons replicas that someone could consider to be dangerous.

"Obviously, this little piece of plastic could not be perceived to cause bodily harm to someone," she said. [...]

Well, praise be for somebody having a little common sense. It's a shame all this had to happen in the first place, but it sounds like it turned out okay.

NOW, time to finish stringing Catherine's necklace of tiny GI Joe pistols...

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