A 5-year-old who told her friend she would shoot her with her bubble gun has been labeled a ‘terrorist threat’, questioned without her parents present, examined by a psychologist, and suspended from school.
The “gun” in question shoots BUBBLES. That’s why it’s called a BUBBLE gun. The girl was offering to PLAY with her friend and her fun toy.
The girl’s family has hired an attorney. They want the school to apologize and clear the girl’s permanent record.
The fact this apparently happened at Mt. Carmel Elementary School totally cracks me up!
Back in the 9th c. BC, the worship of idols had become a gigantic problem, what with the king of Israel, Ahab by name, being totally whipped by his pagan wife Jezebel. So God’s prophet Elijah challenged the idolators to a god-off on Mount Carmel.
On Yahweh’s team, just Elijah. On Jezebel’s team, 450 prophets of Baal (male god) and 400 prophets of Asherah (female goddess). The king sent word throughout all Israel. It must’ve been the event of their lives for these people!
Each team got a bull to slaughter, plus wood and an altar on which to offer it up. Elijah graciously gave his 850 opponents the first turn, telling them, “You call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”
Then all the people said, “What you say is good.”
I bet. Sounds like fun, right?
So the Baal-Asherah team called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they hopped around the altar they had made.
At noon Elijah began to taunt them.
“Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.”
So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice.
[I can’t help seeing these idiot school administrators, hopping around and slashing themselves in their frantic sacrifice of a 5-year-old’s civil rights on the altar of Gun Control.]
But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention. Then Elijah got his turn. But before asking God to send fire down on his offering, he dug a huge trench around the altar and had twelve big jugs of water brought to him, which he dumped on his wood, so the water ran down around the altar and filled the trench. Then he prayed:
“Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”
Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.
Carmel Apple drawing by the Fledgling of Bitterness (Bob’s dd)
Scripture story from 1 Kings 18:18ff. NIV version @ http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Kings+18&version=NIV
News story @ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2264933/Girl-5-suspended-kindergarten-days-threatening-shoot-friend-pink-Hello-Kitty-bubble-gun.html