While students getting suspended for bringing guns to school, even obviously fake guns, is nothing new, a 5-year-old kindergarten student in Gaston County, N.C., has been suspended for making a “gun gesture” during recess.
“He was playing army on the playground,” David Hendrix, father of the suspended student told WBTV. “I just felt like the punishment was way too severe.”
Hendrix couldn't believe it when he got the call from the school, calling the boy a "threat."
Hendrix’s son was placed on a one-day in-school suspension from Pinewood Elementary School last week, according to the station. The father was outraged and determined to do something about it.
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“I requested an immediate meeting that night with him, myself and the school board, at their pleasure, anytime that night. And at that point they decided it was not worth the effort, not worth the headache and dropped everything right then and there,” Hendrix said.
Pinewood Elementary School’s handbook makes no mention of punishing a student for making a “gun gesture” with his or her hand, according to WBTV.
The school has yet to issue a statement or respond to media requests regarding the suspension.
As rare of a suspension as this is, it’s not the first time this year a student got suspended for using his finger to stimulate a gun.
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Jordan Bennett, an 8-year-old Florida boy, was suspended in October for allegedly pointing his finger like a gun and saying “pow pow,” according to the Huffington Post.
The school considered the boy playing cops and robbers an act of violence. As with Pinewood Elementary, the school’s code of conduct does not mention prohibiting students from making gun gestures.
Hendrix said he was motivated to talk to the school and have the suspension lifted after hearing about the 6-year-old boy from Colorado who got suspended for "sexual harrasment" after kissing a girl on the hand.
Sources: Huffington Post, WBTV.com