Little Boy Suspended Over Finger Gun
A 7-year-old Maryland boy was suspended from school for forming the shape of a gun with his hands and saying “pow,” a lawyer for his family said. Robin Ficker said a boy, a student at Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring, was given a one-day suspension from school with a conference planned for when students returned from winter break for the pretend shooting a week after 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Assistant Principal Renee Garraway sent a letter to the boy’s parents saying the child had been warned. “Your son ... was involved in a serious incident,” Garraway wrote. “(He) threatened to shoot a student. He was spoken to earlier today about a similar incident.” Ficker said the school has not told the parents what the “similar incident” entailed and the school should have discussed the issue with the parents before handing down the suspension.
School officials say this was not a kneejerk reaction to a single incident, and they always make sure there is clear conversation with the student and parents about any behaviors that have to change and what the consequences are if that behavior doesn't change.