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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:16 AM

5-year-old kindergartner with pink bubble gun suspended from school

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Source: Danville News

A 5-year-old kindergartner who told classmates she was going to shoot them, and then herself, with her pink bubble gun, was grilled for three hours by Mount Carmel school officials without her mother’s knowledge, then suspended, a family attorney said.

The girl was initially kicked out for 10 days in what the school categorized as a “terroristic threat,” according to the kindergartner’s mother and confirmed by the family attorney. That suspension was reduced to two days and labeled as a “threat to harm others.”

Their names are being withheld to protect the girl’s identity.

Mount Carmel Superintendent Bernard Stellar on Thursday declined comment, saying it would be a breach of confidence and that he cannot discuss student discipline issues.

Read more: http://www.kfdi.com/news/local/187568771.html



These are the types of things the pro gun people claim prove there is an anti gun hysteria, a little common sense goes a long way in these situations. I received this from a cousin who asked if I wanted to ban little pink bubble guns too.

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Reply 5-year-old kindergartner with pink bubble gun suspended from school (Original post)
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Response to ripcord (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:32 AM

1. Thread title incorrect

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Response to ripcord (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:43 AM

2. A bit over the top.

I would have confiscated the toy and told the child that her parents would have to collect it from the Principal's office. I might consider having her parents come and pick her up and send her home for the rest of the day with instructions to have a chat with her about the inappropriateness of her actions. Kids need to understand that not all toys are guns nor are all guns toys. If children are raised that there are toy guns what do you think can happen if they come across a loaded gun? There is nothing that can more more disruptive to a set of parents then finding themselves having to take care of a child on a work day, particularly if both parents work. Consideration could be given to notifying the parents that a second incident could result in a three day suspension. They are the parents, let them monitor what their child brings to school.

Why encourage kids to bring bubble guns/squirt guns to school, it can just be plain disruptive?

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Response to ripcord (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:48 AM

3. Not LBN - just a local reprint from Friday

Pa. kindergartner suspended for bubble gun remark http://news.yahoo.com/pa-kindergartner-suspended-bubble-gun-remark-035057936.html Associated Press – Fri, Jan 18, 2013

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