A student’s “finger gun” got him into deep trouble with school officials, sending the Ohio student to a three-day suspension for using his fingers to imitate a gun and point it at a fellow student’s head. Fortunately, the finger was not loaded, and no one was harmed.
In yet another example of over-the-top restrictions and blurred boundaries when it comes to regulating school gun violence, The Associated Press reported today, via ABC News, that the fifth-grade student from the Devonshire Alternative Elementary School in Columbus pointed his fingers at another boy’s head and pretended to shoot him, “execution style.”
The 10-year-old, as we know, was “just playing around,” he says.
“I was just playing around,” said the unnamed fifth-grader, who reportedly is a good student and has never been in trouble before. “People play around like this a lot at my school.”
Perhaps that’s the problem. School district spokesman Jeff Warner pointed out that Devonshire Principal Patricia Price has been clear in her warnings to students that pretend gun play is not allowed on school grounds.
“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.”
So school officials apparently wanted to make an example out of a young boy who is doing what almost any young boy does – play pretend guns.
Says the Associated Press: “Since zero-tolerance policies were adopted following school shootings around the country, Columbus schools have disciplined students for violations including firing a Nerf foam-dart gun at school. A similar policy was cited last year when a Maryland school suspended a 7-year-old boy who had chewed a Pop-Tart into a gun shape.”
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