11-Year-Old Maryland Student Suspended For Talking About Guns On Bus
An 11-year-old boy was suspended from school for talking about guns while on the bus heading home, according to his father.
Bruce Henkelman of Huntingtown, M.d., said his son was suspended for 10 days because he was talking with friends about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on the bus. When the bus driver overheard the conversation, she turned the bus around and Henkelman’s son was sent back to school to be questioned by the principal, Darrel Prioleau.
"The principal told me that with what happened at Sandy Hook if you say the word 'gun' in my school you are going to get suspended for 10 days," Henkelman said in an interview with WMAL.
"He said, I wish I had a gun to protect everyone," Bruce Henkelman said of his son, a sixth grader at Northern Middle School. "He wanted to defeat the bad guys. That's the context of what he said. He wanted to be the hero.”
On top of their child being questioned by the principal, a sheriff’s deputy also reportedly wanted to search the family’s home without a warrant.
"He started asking me questions about if I have firearms, and the deputy said he's going to have to search my house." Bruce Henkelman said. "Search my house? I just wanted to know what happened."
No search was performed, and the deputy left the Henkelman's home after Bruce answered questions in a four-page questionnaire issued by the sheriff's office.
The incident comes roughly a week after a 6-year-old kindergarten student was punished for bringing a LEGO gun the size of a quarter onto a Massachusetts school bus.