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Saying ”zero tolerance” school policies that punish young children for innocent play “create irrational fear of imaginary objects,” U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, on Tuesday introduced a bill that would block federal funding for schools with policies he says constitute abuse.

“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,” Stockman said in announcing the Student Protection Act. “Instead of nurturing young minds these policies are traumatizing children who did nothing wrong or instilling in them irrational fears.”

Stockman questioned why taxpayer dollars are being spent to “subsidize this insanity.” The bill would end “government-sanctioned political correctness” that is traumatizing children, he said.

In a recent wave of incidents, some noted in the bill, schools have punished children for pretending to play with gun-shaped objects. One of the most notorious involved the 7-year-old who was suspended for biting a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun. In another, a Marine’s son who pretended a pencil was a gun – was also suspended.

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