Last week at a school in Kyle, Texas, the teachers and student body had a bit of a scare. It was serious enough that administrators at Lehman High School held "students in their extended class periods to investigate the concern with little to no disruption to their schedule."

Still, it was serious enough to hold students in their classrooms.

What was the incident of concern? Well, a student thought they overheard another say something about a gun - and with that, the zero tolerance, gun free zone policy kicked into gear.

Upon completion of the investigation Principal Michelle Chae sat down, crafted a letter, had hundreds of copies made, and sent it home to parents, explaining that the safety of the students is their number one priority. "We continue to encourage students to report anything they see or hear that causes them concern," the letter stated. She stated that no gun was discovered and "it was determined that a student thought he heard the word 'gun,' but in fact it was another student asking for some 'gum.'"

WHAT?!

How is it that someone heard gun? It's because our kids are being brought up and brainwashed into becoming scared little weenies and their minds are being conditioned to hear key words and phrases like some NSA scan filter.

Our kids are being trained to report anything and everything as being suspicious to authorities. They are being taught to be sheep - that by no means, don't ever try to handle anything yourself. You're simply not equipped and never will be.

When one student heard gun, he didn't merely engage the other by asking, "What did you say?" Then the other student would have told him that the word uttered was "gum," not "gun," and voila, no controversy, no panic, no lock down, no letter to parents.

And this happened at a school in Texas. Imagine it happening in San Francisco or an equally liberal city school. The school would have been locked down for a week and councilors would have been brought in.

Still, there appears to be a weird disconnect. Or, more succinctly, society has become the polar opposite of what it was just a generation or two ago.

We used to have real-life courage and virtual cowardice. Now it's flipped upside down and backwards. Now it seems we have virtual courage and real-life cowardice.

We're raising our children to be afraid of their own shadows, yet allow them to go to horror movies and watch shows about Zombies, Vampires and ax murderers - happy to have the crap scared out of them.

None of these movies and TV programs would have even been allowed on air a few decades ago and most parents would not have allowed their children to view them. Rather, kids would go outside and roughhouse – play touch, which turned into tackle football - play cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians. Kids used to shoot each other with toy guns and throw balls at one another for no other reason than it was fun.

Now, the same parents who would never think to have an evil gun in their home allow little Johnny and his friends to kill each other repeatedly, playing Call of Duty online, where they get gunned down in a hail storm of bullets, respawn, and get killed again.

We go to shoot-um-up gansta movies and enjoy dramatic detective television programs where there's a gun fight in every other scene. And after the actors are finished filming the violent scenes, they turn their weapon into the prop department and head off to star in an anti-gun commercial to be aired on some kid's network.

Our country is in tough shape when asking for a stick of gum can cause this much panic.

Just imagine if the student would have asked for a piece of "Bazooka" bubble gum! 

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