A Virginia school district has suspended an elementary school student after he allegedly pointed a pencil at another student and made gun noises.
Seven-year-old Christopher Marshall was suspended from Driver Elementary School after his teacher witnessed the incident. Marshall is in the second grade.
Paul Marshall, the boy’s dad, thinks the school overreacted. “When I asked him about it, he said, ‘Well I was being a Marine and the other guy was being the bad guy.’ It’s as simple as that.”
Bethanne Bradshaw, a spokesperson for the school, had a different view about the situation. “A pencil is a weapon when it is pointed at someone in a threatening way and gun noises are made.”
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She added: "Some children would consider it threatening, who are scared about shootings in schools or shootings in the community. Kids don't think about 'Cowboys and Indians' anymore, they think about drive-by shootings and murders and everything they see on television news every day."
The school has a zero tolerance policy for weapons. Christopher was suspended for two days. According to the school’s policy, he could have been suspended for up to 10 days, The Inquisitr reported.
One commenter wrote this when responding to a local news story about the incident: “This is like a virus in Suffolk. My child and one other child (5th graders) were suspended for 5 days for using their fingers as guns last week from Driver Elementary. These people that operate these schools have NO COMMON SENSE! The worst part is that the people that are making these decisions did not grow up like this. Guess the school system will try to outlaw cowboy toy gun sets that Walmart sells next. They can't seem to let kids, be kids...”
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