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Gunpowder Elementary: 'We Didn't Take Away Rock-Paper-Scissors'

The Perry Hall elementary school principal responded to concerns over kids playing the popular hand game.

An incident in a Gunpowder Elementary School classroom over kids playing rock-paper-scissors had been "taken out of context," Principal Christine Smith said.

Perry Hall Patch columnist Stacey Schantz on Tuesday wrote that her child was reprimanded for playing rock-paper-scissors at school because the popular hand game involves saying the word, "shoot," which caused concerns among administrators. Schantz was volunteering at the school when administrators addressed the game with students.

Schantz wrote: "I agree that kids shouldn't be bringing weapons into school, and I want nothing more than to guarantee that my son is 100 percent safe the entire time he is in school. And yes, they are young enough to re-learn the game and say 'Rock-Paper-Scissors GO,' instead. But isn't this kind of ridiculous?"

The column——generated a passionate response from community members.

Smith confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that the incident occurred at Gunpowder Elementary School last month.

According to Smith, the school was reviewing school safety in September, in light of the Perry Hall High School shooting and other threats.

At the time, a kindergarten teacher was concerned about children smashing the hands of others while they played rock-paper-scissors. In response, the teacher discouraged the children from hurting each other and suggested replacing the word "shoot" with the word "go" in the game, according to Smith.

"The teacher suggested they change the word to another word. It was because they were hitting each other," Smith said.

Smith said that while speaking to the kindergarten class, she used the rock-paper-scissors incident as an example to promote school safety.

She emphasized that the school had not banned the game and no child had been formally disciplined for playing it.

Smith said the teacher's suggestion that children change the words was "innocent."

"We're not banning words. We didn't take away rock-paper-scissors," she added. "It's a popular children's game."

John Doe October 10, 2012 at 08:28 PM
John, you need to get out more. Next time I will refer to a "low" profile case from Idaho to make a point.
Cody Sandhouse October 10, 2012 at 08:34 PM
dude! what about this lil sub argument that you guys are having seems like its about how high profile the case is?!! the fact that you brought it up at all is insane! even if you were talking about a "low" profile case of sexual abuse by teachers it would have been nuts!!
Tim October 11, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I think we're supposed to say unicorns now. Rock, paper, scissors, UNICORN.
Tim October 11, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Dear Cody: How many personalities do you have? Just wondering who you speak for.
J. Borden October 11, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Seriously Tim, you are wearing on the nerves of a lot of people. Are you quite done yet?

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