6-Year-Old Suspended From School For Pointing Finger Like A Gun

gun-fingerThe parents of a 6-year-old Silver Spring boy are fighting the first-grader’s suspension from a Montgomery County public school for pointing his finger like a gun and saying “pow,” an incident school officials characterized in a disciplinary letter as a threat “to shoot a student.”

The first-grader was suspended for one day, Dec. 21. The family’s attorney filed an appeal Wednesday, asking that the incident be expunged from the boy’s school record amid concerns of long-term fallout.

The boy “had no intention to shoot anyone,” said attorney Robin Ficker, who described the child as soft-spoken, with no propensity for violence. “He’s skinny and meek. In his words, he was playing.”

The suspension came in a week when the nation was reeling from the massacre that claimed the lives of 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. — and left elected leaders, educators and parents debating how best to keep schools safe.

But it also comes as leaders in Maryland and a growing number of states are working to reduce out-of-school suspensions, which have increased greatly in the past several decades and are linked in studies to lower achievement and students dropping out of…


  • mesaman

    I wonder if the British Commonwealth would be interested in buying the New England states? Maybe we could offer a trade for the Falkland Islands and a life-time supply of English Breakfast Tea.

    • Rattlerjake

      Better yet let’s just ship all of the liberals living in the New England states to the Fauklands!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.vollenweider Bob Vollenweider

    Knee-jerk JERKS. This is child abuse and harrassment. I would sue them out of existence.

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.bensen1 Richard Bensen

    What a bunch of idiots.Bet my box if bullets that if he would have given the middle finger he would have been embraced.These political correct jerks contribute to the femininzation of little boys.In my youth we always played this way no matter the fate of the world.And yes I get it.But a child is a child.

    • Rattlerjake

      You can’t fix stupid! Pretty soon it will be illegal for boys to play cops and robbers or cowboys and indians or war games. Better start buying the barbie dolls before the mad rush. LOL :^)

  • URKiddinMee

    Political Correctness is one of the factors contributing to the death of our once free republic! Liberals are festering boils on the asses of contributing members of society.

  • Paul

    You’ve just got to wonder if these in charge have any gumption of their own at all. I deal with homeless and “street” people all the time, and most of them are smarter than our pompous elected officials. It appears as if they will do or say anything that will get them elected, even if they are not the least qualified for the job.

  • opsman

    This is by far the most ridiculous thing I have heard of. Honestly a six year old boy pointing his finger. How stupid can people be, the school board defends their actions by saying the young boy was counseled by a school counselor about inappropriate gestures, do they really think that a six year old will comprehend being counseled?

  • http://www.survivingurbancrisis.com/ Silas Longshot

    First there is the investigation of just what caliber finger this violent delinquent used. Was it a pistol or revolver finger? Did this finger have a high capacity thumb to go with it? Even worse yet, was it a full auto finger!? A double barrel finger? Apparently, this evil finger weapon did not have a silencer, as witnesses claim they heard the discharge.
    Really, these morons need to be sued off the planet for giving this kid a lifetime complex from this insanely harsh over reaction to a kid just being a kid.

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