We've got spirit, yes we do,
We've got spirit, how 'bout you?

Is there such a thing as too much school spirit? Apparently, there is.

Back in November a 17-year-old high school student was suspended for riding his family's horse, Pierre, to school during Spirit Week. The Hamilton, Mass., school had different days for Spirit Week, with that particular day being celebrated by students dressing up as knights. Dan DePaolis had asked his parents for their permission to ride Pierre to school that morning and they thought it was a fun idea. So much fun, in fact, that they joined their son on his trip to school.

According to the article found on PetFinder, DePaolis and his squirrel sidekick (a friend who came along for the ride dressed as a squirrel) were suspended when they stepped hoof onto school property: "While some may consider the horse an alternative form of transportation, officials at the eastern Massachusetts high school decided that this massive pet was a serious safety threat. Despite the parental supervision, Superintendent Raleigh C. Buchanan tells the Boston Globe that officials were worried that the horse could spook and hurt some of the students."

Dan's father Ron said school officials told Ron that Dan riding a horse dressed as a knight was the equivalent of Dan wielding a loaded firearm. Really? Now let's think about this, people... Sure a horse is a 1,000+ animal that has his own mind and could spook at any moment, but when was the last time you've heard of a massive school kicking? Or of students being injured by piles of manure? Guns and knives...yes, I can see a ban on that. But a horse?

When I was in Catholic grade school, we celebrated St. Francis of Asisi's feast day by having a blessing of the pets. I remember one year I finally talked my dad into bringing one of our horses to the blessing and he loaded Pepper (my white pony, funny how children name their ponies) in the trailer and brought her to school that day. Everyone loved it, from the other students and teachers to the priest doing the blessing! She (and I) was a hit! How sad would it have been if my schooling had been derailed because I had brought a "lethal weapon" to school and was suspended?