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Video: Fifth Grader Searched by School Official After Bringing Paper Gun to Class

One Philadelphia fifth grader was called a "murderer" by classmates and was scolded by school officials for bringing a piece of paper that looked like a gun to class. 

The gun was made from a small piece of paper and folded. Melody Valentin said her grandfather had made it for her, and that she forgot about it until it fell out of her pocket during class. 

A student saw it and told the teacher. Valentin was then searched by a school official in front of her classmates at Newlin Fell Elementary School. 

Valentin said the official yelled at her and told her she should not have brought the gun to school.

"I kept telling him it was a paper gun but he wouldn't listen," Valentin said.

After the incident, her mother, Dianna Kelly, pulled Melody out of the school. She does not know if she will send her back.

"Why did he threaten my daughter?" Kelly asked Fox 29. "Why did you stand over my daughter and tell her that you should call the cops on her? You can be arrested. Why were you trying to scare her?"

Valentin was harassed by her classmates to the point where she would have nightmares and cry in the middle of the night. 

"I'm waking up at 3 o'clock in the morning, and my daughter is in the bathroom, crying," Dianna said. "She said 'I'm having nightmares.'"

Administrators at the school declined to comment on the matter. 

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