The treasured 'gun out of a poptart' icon is undoubtedly a local school decision, not an action required directly by any federal or state law.<quoted text>Well it's probably not the federal gov't that says you have to expel a kid for eating his poptart into the shape of a gun, seems it would be okay for the school to expel a kid that beats the crap out of his classmate. I've known schools to suspend kids for being caught smoking "off campus" seems to me they could suspend kids for harassing a teen girl on facebook. This is a problem and it might even be "the" problem. I see no reason not to talk about it in the face of a scramble to make new laws that prevent another Newtowne shooting. Again I say nothing excuses shooting up innocent people or even guilty people. But in the face of suicides and murders, someone needs to get a clue. To me gun control is the strawman.
Nobody is arguing that schools shouldn't suspend/expel kids who "beats the crap out of a classmate", either.
There is no 'one answer' to mass shootings, suicides, and murder, or gun violence in general. The kinds of things that need to be done about bullying are all at the local level; even state laws are of questionable value.
I certainly didn't look at the bill before the Senate as THE answer to Newtown, but as one of a number of things that should be done.