Glenfield Student Suspended For Bringing Cap Gun To School

Principal of Montclair’s Glenfield Middle School, Alex Anemone, just sent this letter out to parents:

March 21, 2011

Dear Glenfield Parent:

This afternoon, it was revealed that one of our students brought a novelty cap gun to school.  An alert staff member noticed it in an open backpack during DEAR class and immediately notified the main office.  The district’s policy on weapons is very clear and, accordingly, the student has been suspended from school.  Please use this unfortunate incident to remind your children about specific items that are not to be brought into school.  I can assure you that your children were not in any danger at any time as a result of this incident.  As always, we tend to err on the side of safety and caution.

If you would like to discuss this matter in greater detail, please do not hesitate to contact the main office. 


Alex Anemone

(Photo: iStock)

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  1. (Dear=Drop Everything And Read).

    Though my jokey post was going to associate DEAR with the Essex County DEER hunt by offering that perhaps, just perhaps this kid confused the two. Oh well. I’ll wait for another time for my “jokey post.”

    This is unfortunate and thankfully, no over-the-top reaction was seen by the school.

    (I’ll leave my general comments about the letter to myself- however, the “If you would like to discuss this matter in greater detail, please do not hesitate to CONTACT THE MAIN OFFICE.” Rather than “me” is particularly weak.

  2. Is this a photo of the gun? Because cap/novelty guns have to have a red/yellow/orange tip or body.

    Did the gun in question have its tip removed?

    In other words, was it “obviously” a “toy” gun, or was it, as the picture suggests, something more scary?

  3. Obvious to who? And who cares if it was obvious – zero tolerance is zero tolerance.

    As we stop to pay respects to the fallen from the Post Office shooting lets also remember a teacher lost her life at a shooting at Glenfield.

    I’m so tired of coddling kids when they do stupid things like this – then listening to people complain when adults do stupid things. Maybe this kid learning there is a consequence to his stupid action will be a great lesson in his life.

  4. Sorry hrhppg, I certainly wasn’t suggesting that because it may have been obviously a toy that the kid shouldn’t have been tossed from school?

    No. I SUPPORT this kind of no-tolarence policy. The drug policy that suspends kids for having aspirin is another story.

    My point had to do with the use of the picture above, and whether it was representative of the gun in the story. Or just a picture of any ‘ol gun. Because if the latter, I would suggest removing it because it has NOTHING to do with the story and only creates a wrong impression of what happened- kinda like a made up fact. (Or it should be labeled like “file footage” on TV news.)

    (Sorry if I wasn’t clear.)

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