A 5-year-old girl who said she would take a bubble gun and shoot her classmates is now serving a suspension. School officials at the elementary school in question, named Mount Carmel Area Elementary School, are claiming that the young girl made a “terrorist threat.”
The parents of the 5-year-old are fighting back against the school’s harsh suspension.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School violence, school officials are taking a no tolerance policy when it comes to the mention or jokes about gun violence. And clearly, that boils down to even five-year-old children.
According to the Huffington Post, the bubble gun suspension incident started when the young girl was waiting for the bus with two friends. While waiting, she allegedly said that she would take her bubble gun and shoot both her classmates and herself.
That “threat” led to the girl being questioned by school officials for hours on end, apparently without the girls’ parents present.
Now, suspension (which was originally for ten days before getting reduced to just two) has become a full on controversy.
What do you think? Is it ridiculous that a five-year-old kid was suspended for mentioning she’s shoot her classmates with a toy gun that only fires bubbles? Or should all threats, even ones such as this, be taken seriously by school officials?
Voice your thoughts below!