Wednesday, 5. March 2014
The “gun” in question was actually just the boy’s thumb and index finger, but that didn’t stop the school district from levying the harsh punishment against the boy. District spokesman Jeff Warner said the child had plenty of warnings about fictitious weapons, but the child simply couldn’t keep his imagination from running.
“The kids were told, ‘If you don’t stop doing this type of stuff, there would be consequences,’” Warner said. “It’s just been escalating.”
The boy’s father believes the whole situation is being blown out of proportion. He said kids will be kids, but it’s a shame that grown adults are also acting in childish by suspending kids for just horsing around.
According to the report, the 10-year-old said he was “just playing around” when he pointed his thumb and index finger at the back of another student’s head.
“People play around like this a lot at my school,” the boy said.
His father added that nobody felt threatened and the other student didn’t even see his son point his finger at him, but the scene was witnessed by a teacher.
Should We Be Surprised?
In an age where common sense continues to fight a losing battle against overzealous, letter-of-the-law administrators, should we really be surprised to hear of another story like this?
This incident occurred at a Columbus area elementary school, which makes more sense when you consider this isn’t the first time they’ve suspended a student for bringing a non-harmful weapon to school. Previously, a Columbus school suspended a student for bringing a Nerf foam dart gun to school. The district cited its zero-tolerance policy when suspending the child.
Top Five “Gun” Suspension Rulings
These cases have gone beyond the point of ridiculousness. To showcase this point, here are the five craziest suspensions that have to do with a child bringing a “gun” to school.
Related source: Columbus Disptach