Mom’s angry blog against schools stopping boys being boys with controls on toy guns goes viral

Firing off: Mommy blogger Stephanie Metz's rant about bans on toy guns in school has gone viral, angering many but making the South Dakota 29-year-old a hero to othersDaily Mail

A South Dakota mom’s blog post ranting against her sons’ school’s rules against toy guns has gone viral and won her friends and enemies.

Stephenie Metz, 29, says that, despite a society that might frown more and more on toy guns, she’ll always let her sons play with theirs.

‘I feel like this teaches them to do the things they want to do, while respecting others’ rules and regulations,’ Metz writes in a post that also criticizes bullied girls who ‘contemplate suicide’ and parents who pay too much attention to their children.  

Her blog The Metz Family Adventures is usually more lighthearted and features posts about their travels, cooking, and her son’s type 1 diabetes.

But a post from October 25 titled Why My Kids Are NOT the Center of My World was a bit of a departure.

‘This post contains subject matter about which I feel very strongly.  As are most emotionally heated issues,’ writes Metz. ‘I suppose it’s controversial.  But hey, I feel how I feel and that’s not going to be changed.’

Metz was provoked into writing the post, which had over 500 comments as of Wednesday evening, by something her son said to her.

He was looking for something to take to show and tell and decided on an action figure that held a little drill.

But then he changed his mind: ‘I better not take this.  My teacher will probably think it’s a gun, and then I’ll get in trouble.’

Metz was blown away and began to wonder if her boys, who love to play with toy guns, would one day be the target of hatred because of their ‘typical boy-ish behavior.’

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‘How long before they get suspended from daycare???  How long will it be before one of them gets upset with a friend, tells that friend to go away and leave them alone, and subsequently gets labeled as a bully?’

Times are changing, Metz says, and she doesn’t like it.

‘The mentality of our society in 2013 is nauseating to me, friends,’ she writes.

Metz says that there was once a time when boys could be boys and shoot toy guns at each other and ‘killing the bad guys.’

‘Today, those little boys – if caught doing that – are labeled as threats, and immediate action is taken to remove that threat from the group,’ she says.

As for young girls, Metz says their typical behavior is being punished these days, as well.

She writes of an imaginary girl named Susie who is picked on and called names:

‘Susie’s whole world crumbles around her, she contemplates suicide, and this society encourages her to feel like her world truly has ended, and she should feel entitled to a world-wide pity party.’

Meanwhile, the girl calling Susie names is ‘acting like – gasp – a teenage girl acts.’

To be fair, many of the comments on Metz’s blog are positive and commend her for daring to question current wisdom about firearms and bullying.

Metz says she has been mindful not to give herself completely into motherhood in order that she not forget the other things she is: wife, professional, and workout enthusiast.

She lets her kids be, she says, in order to make them better people and thinks the world could use a dose of letting kids be.

‘I know that I can’t change the mindset of modern parents,’ she writes. ‘I just want to make sure that I raise my sons to grow into respectable men who can thrive and succeed, due to having been prepared to do so.’

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3 thoughts on “Mom’s angry blog against schools stopping boys being boys with controls on toy guns goes viral

  1. “A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.”
    —Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, 1785


  2. It’s all part of the attempt to destroy the masculinity in young boys and even men.
    The “emasculization” of young men and boys is a Feminist/Marxist social endeavor that goes back some many years. Look even at many husbands today , so called men who cower to their wives who actually wear the pants in the family. Young boys and girls who have to be dressed like Knights of Old in armor nearly just to go outside and ride a bike or play. Men, and especially fathers need to step up, with love and consideration, but with an earnest and solid character and to remember that they are the “head” of the family not their wives.

    The greater problem is that this feminist emasculization has been incorporated into our Universities, Colleges, and Public Schools, via teacher education and the resulting feminist courses taught now in all our schools, which attempts to turn our men into complacent and obedient robots.

    Prior to WWII just a few men were rejected for the “mother complex” or men seemingly devoid of a masculine character which is necessary for a top of the line warrior army, during the Korean War, Vietnam War and up to today those numbers have been increasing greatly, however, now with this Administration, this character is now looked upon as O.K. as Obama’s mission was to deplete our resources, military readiness, education, social institutions and finances in the forefront of a Marxist Dictatorship.

    1. We have t.v. to thank for much of that. I stopped watching 5+ years ago, but what little I have seen here or there portrays the fathers to be total morons, and the kids to be much more intelligent than both parents for the most part.

      Blatant indoctrination. Edward Bernays would be proud.

      “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.”

      “Propaganda” 1928

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