Terrorism is an increasingly overused word as the idea that anything that deliberately scares another about bodily harm is a terroristic threat has spread. Yeah, they called that bullying when I was a kid. Now it seems that even non-deliberate acts can be labelled terrorism. Witness Taylor Trostle, the thirteen year old girl who got suspended from her New York city school for a terrorist threat towards her Maths teacher. According to the school's policies, a terroristic threat is on the same level as assault, public lewdness, and selling drugs in the school. Anyone who commits such an act gets an instant suspension and a mark on their permanent record.
You want to know what she did now, don't you? Yeah, I thought so. Taylor and her friends were playing around in the last few minutes of the last class of the day. Taylor, who was wearing a t-shirt with an NYPD logo, was shooting her friends as imaginary criminals. As she pointed the gun (made out of closing your fist then pointing two fingers) in the direction of her teacher, the teacher turned from the board. She was immediately sent to the Principal's office and suspended for three days. Bit extreme eh? I mean who hasn't done something like that to a teacher, probably with a lot more intended malice, at some point? Who hasn't sat down and made plans on the back of homework for the most efficient way to go through your high school and take out the teachers with automatic weaponry? It's a natural part of growing up.