[Video] 7 Year Old Suspended for Holding Pencil “Like a Gun”

May 7 2013
by GSL Staff
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The son of a Marine said he was just pretending to be what his dad was when he was playing with another student.

The 7 year old Suffolk, VA boy was playing with a game with a classmate in which he was a marine and the classmate was a bad guy.

The boy pointe a pencil at the “bad guy” and made gun noises.

For this obviously horrible offense of using his imagination, the boy was suspended under the school’s zero tolerance policy for weapons (yes, they consider the pencil a weapon when pointed at another person).

According Fox 43,

“A pencil is a weapon when it is pointed at someone in a threatening way and gun noises are made,” said Bethanne Bradshaw, a spokesperson for Suffolk Public Schools.

“Some children would consider it threatening, who are scared about shootings in schools or shootings in the community,” said Bradshaw. “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 boy’s father isn’t too thrilled with the school’s decision and think they overreacted.

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