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8-Year-Old Jordan Bennett Suspended From School For Making Gun Shape With His Hand While Playing With Friends

| by Dominic Kelly

An 8-year-old boy in Florida has been suspended for pointing his finger at friends while playing a game in class.

Jordan Bennett was playing cops with a group of friends, and during the game, he made his hand look like a gun. Bennett was suspended because the school deemed his gesture an act of violence, and now the boy’s mother Bonnie is demanding answers from the school.

"He had nothing in his hand. It was a finger gun, a pretend gun," said Mrs. Bennett to local Channel 9 News in Orlando.  “"He didn't threaten violence. He didn't utter words that were inappropriate. He made a sound and used his fingers and that was it.”

While the boy was only suspended for a day, Mrs. Bennett believes that another action could have been taken to discipline her son.

"If he would have written an essay about why it was inappropriate, what he did, that would have made more of an impact,” said Mrs. Bennett, adding, "I absolutely think he should be in school.”

Jordan Bennett’s mother also wants the suspension to be taken off her son’s record, saying that if it’s not, she will consider pursuing legal action against Harmony Community School in St. Cloud, Florida.

“I'm prepared to go to court if I have to because this is wrong,” said Mrs. Bennett. “It's wrong for my son and any other child if they're faced with the same thing because of a game.”

The school district reportedly refused to comment on the situation, but did state that it is their policy that students are prohibited from playing with invisible guns.