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Finger Gun Leads to Suspension

finger gunAccording to an article from CNN, a 10-year-old boy, Nathan Entingh, made a finger gun while joking around with his classmates. Little did he know that the careless gesture would lead to a three-day suspension.

The boy was joking around with his friends when he moved his fingers into the shape of a gun, pointed it to his friend’s head and said “boom.” The article suggests that no other kids saw him do it, just the teacher. His father said:

"He was pointing it at a friend's head and he said 'boom.' The kid didn't see it. No other kids saw it. But the teacher saw it," he said. "It wasn't threatening. It wasn't hostile. It was a 10-year-old kid playing."

The school’s principal is on record saying that she has been warning students of this type of behavior for weeks. "We've had a problem at this school. The boys have gone around fake shooting and making paper guns at class. It's inappropriate.” She has sent notes to parents alerting them of the problem, according to the article.  

The fifth grader was taken out of his science class right after making the finger gun due to Ohio’s zero-tolerance policy, which calls for schools to "adopt a policy of zero tolerance for violent, disruptive, or inappropriate behavior, including excessive truancy," according to CNN. The zero-tolerance policy has endured much criticism and in fact, Senator Charleta Tavares introduced a bill to reform it in January.

What are your thoughts? Was the punishment justified? Or did the school overreact? Let us know. 

Posted by Jamie Friedlander on Mar 05, 2014

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