We live in a strange “new normal”, don’t we? Where trips to the grocery store are considered risky and we’re fighting one another over whether or not our children should be doing back to school in the fall.
For many, the answer to that latter matter was no, as academic institutions around the nation continue to expand their e-learning and their virtual classrooms. Students are now logging in instead of boarding the bus, and the environment in which they learn is far from that of their parents.
But not everyone is recognizing the reality of this new digital education, including administrators in Colorado.
A 12-year-old boy in Colorado got a five-day suspension for flashing a toy gun across his computer screen during an online art class, according to a report.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said although the teacher thought it was a toy gun authorities still did a welfare check on Isaiah Elliott without parental notification.
“It was really frightening and upsetting for me as a parent, especially as the parent of an African-American young man, especially given what’s going on in our country right now,” Curtis Elliott, Isaiah’s father, told KDVR.
And it gets even stranger.
He said his son, who has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and has learning disabilities, wasn’t aware the gun was shown on screen in his distance learning.
That would mean that the bright green toy gun was in the background of the student’s environment.
What’s next? Schools start sending welfare officers out when mommy walks by with a wine glass?