Earlier I wrote about about a man who defeated a drunken knife-wielder by grabbing a two-foot plastic candy cane ornament.
Members of the Christmas Sweater Club
In today’s story, a group of high school guys who call themselves the “Christmas Sweater Club” handed out the two-inch, individually wrapped candy canes before school. Something had to be done!
Now all 10 of them are in trouble because of what they did at their school.
“They said, ‘maliciously maim students with the intent to injure.’ And I don’t think any of us here intentionally meant to injure anyone, or did,” said Zakk Rhine, a junior at Battlefield High School.
The boys say they were just tossing small two-inch candy canes to fellow students as they entered school. The ones in plastic wrap that are so small they often break apart.
Skylar Torbett, also a junior, said administrators told him, “They said the candy canes are weapons because you can sharpen them with your mouth and stab people with them.” He said neither he nor any of their friend did that.
Next thing they knew, they were all being punished with detention and at least two hours of cleaning. Their disciplinary notices say nothing about malicious wounding but about littering and creating a disturbance.
I see this as part of a trend, that is much more evident in Britain: as crime goes up and becomes more brutal, politically correct authorities ignore real problems and crack down
Look Out! He's Got a Knife!
on insignificant nonsense. At a time in Britain where drunken hooligans assault innocent people, a disabled man was prosecuted for having a Swiss army knife in the glove box of his car.
It was that way when I was in California. While gangs were killing kids on tricycles in drive-by shootings, the state made it a felony to own a pair of nunchakus. Now that the family man black belt or even the wannabe “Ninja Bob” can’t get his hands on a pair of nuchakus, the state is safe!
This also points to the futility of trying to create a weaponless society. I recently saw an episode of “Raw: Lockup,” the TV prison documentary, in which an inmate in the SHU unit of Pelican Bay –the state’s highest security facility– made a knife that looked like a Fairbairn-Sykes dagger. I was amazed by its size and quality. He had used a nail cutter to cut out a knife blank from the steel in his door!
If candy canes are weapons (and they could be), then you’d better start confiscating pencils, pens, scissors, and rulers.
The Candy Cane Shank
Unfortunately, it is often easier to crack down on law-abiding people who won’t resist than to confront the violent thugs who are the real source of trouble. I guarantee I could go into that school and find students who are far more deserving of a crackdown than the Christmas Sweater Club, but no one in the sweater club is going to sock you in the mouth if you get in their faces.