Children Playing with Toy Guns and Imaginary Assault Weapons in School: Problem?

Rae Pica with Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Jane Katch, Peter DeWitt, Deborah J. Stewart

Is playing cops and robbers dead? In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, school teachers and administrators are showing heightened concerns about violence of all sorts. But is imaginary gunplay among young kids really a threat? Some schools are responding with new zero-tolerance policies on violent play. Should toy guns and gunplay really be banned in schools?

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February 19, 2013
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Nancy Carlsson-Paige is a professor of education at Lesley University and co-author of The War Play Dilemma. Jane Katch is the author of Under Deadman’s Skin: Discovering the Meaning of Children’s Violent Play. Peter DeWitt, Ed.D., has been a principal in upstate NY since 2006. Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed., has over 20 years in the field of early childhood education.
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