9-Year-Old Gets in Trouble for Bringing Cupcakes with Army Figures on Them to School

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On Friday, a 9-year-old boy in Detroit brought cupcakes to Schall Elementary School for his birthday. Pretty innocent, right? You would think so, but no. Both the boy and his parents were reprimanded for a decoration on the cupcakes that the school principal found to be inappropriate—little green Army men.

According to CBS, school principal Susan Wright called the parents and said the cupcakes were insensitive. She then reportedly had the school staff remove the Army men before serving the cupcakes.

Once the media got wind of what happened, Wright issued this statement:

“In the climate of recent events in schools we walk a delicate balance in teaching non-violence in our buildings and trying to ensure a safe, peaceful atmosphere. On one hand, there are those who advocate arming teachers, having armed security guards and creating a fortress of defense in our schools.

"On the other hand, there are those who feel that guns create fear in schools and we need to put solid security measures in place, plus practice routines to be prepared in case an emergency should ever occur. Living in a democratic society entails respect for opposing opinions.”

The principal says that no disrespect was intended towards either the family or the military, but she did assert that “Our commitment is always to our children and creating a safe place for them to learn, grown and have respectful dialogues about their differences.”