A 5-year-old girl told another girl that she was going to shoot her with a pink Hello Kitty toy gun (which blows soapy bubbles), and was suspended from kindergarten for a "terroristic threat," reports Fox News (video below).
The punishment, which initially was 10 days, was reduced to two days after the girl's mother met with school officials in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania and had the incident dropped to "threatening to harm another student."
The child's family has hired an attorney, Robin Ficker, to fight the suspension.
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Ficker told Fox News: "It's laughable. This is a girl who had no idea about killing or what happened in Connecticut. What parent that you know would want their 5-year-old questioned about making terroristic threats without them in the room?"
Ficker said Mount Carmel Area School District officials said the girl made the threat on Jan. 10 as she waited for a school bus with friends. A school official overheard the remark and searched the girl's backpack, but did not find the Hello Kitty gun.
According to Ficker, the next day, both girls involved were "interrogated" by school officials. By the time the accused girl was done speaking to administrators, she was crying. A teacher also called out the girl in front of her class and told her that the police might get involved, which they did not.
Ficker said he has scheduled a meeting with a lawyer from the school board later this month to have the girl’s record expunged.
School district solicitor Edward Greco told Pennlive.com that school officials are looking into the case.