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Maryland First-Grader Points Finger At Friend Like Gun, Gets Suspended

Maryland First-Grader Points Finger At Friend Like Gun, Get's Suspended

Recently, America has had to hear the horrific news of multiple, cold-hearted attacks involving guns. So, it isn’t surprising that a student would be suspended from school for acting as though they had a gun.

According to NBC News, that’s exactly what happened when a Maryland first-grader pointed his fingers at friends and said “pow.” He was immediately suspended.

The young boy is a student at Roscoe Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring. He was only suspended for one day.

The student did this only a week after the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

According to NBC Washington, the family’s attorney said that the 6-year-old student was only playing with his friends and that he did not mean it as a threat.

Robin Ficker, an attorney for the young student’s family, said:

“Evidently, he was pointing his finger at someone and saying, ‘Pow.’ “

The boy’s parents were scheduled to meet with school officials Wednesday.

The school system has not made a comment on individual disciplinary matters. However, they did issue a statement detailing their typical procedure with younger students.

Dana Tofig, a Montgomery Public Schools spokeperson, said this in a statement:

“Generally, in an incident involving the behavior of our younger students, we will make sure that the student and his family are well-informed of any behavior that needs to change and understand the consequences if the behavior does not change.”

What are your thoughts on this first-grader’s actions?

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7 Responses to “Maryland First-Grader Points Finger At Friend Like Gun, Gets Suspended”

  1. Teriza Thoun

    He needed the punishment. Doesn't he realize kids his age DIED?!?!!

  2. Thomas Creveau

    I don't think he can realize that at 6 years old. Maybe he was too busy playing cow boy and Indian rather than watch CNN

  3. Heather Johnson

    He probably didn't BECAUSE HE IS 6.

    Pretending your finger is a gun with your other 6-year-old friends is in no way similar to what that crazed murderer did.

    PLUS THE KID IS 6!

  4. Heather Johnson

    Way to crack down on the wrong things! How about we work on stopping guns from falling into the wrong hands instead of punishing a 6-year-old for pretending his hand is a gun. Hand-guns don't kill people. Handguns in the wrong hands kill people.

  5. John Watson

    Fear and stupidity at work! Playing games and writing poems to express your feeling are now bad things at school. What's next book burning, McCarthyism, maybe stoning and witch hunts. Talk about ridiculous. Maybe we could focus on improving security or maybe we could teach kids communication effectiveness skills instead of this sort of fear reaction. You would think educators might show signs of intelligence and common sense, but I guess that is asking too much. Bullying a 6 year old to ease your own fears, that's real leadership in action. Congrats to the administration. What do the kids say now, epic fail.

  6. Mary Kay Goller Kosur

    The real problem is that many of these mass murderers have shown major signs of needing mental health treatment but they were ignored. Treatment is hard to get, expensive, and there is a great deal of stigma against those who actually do the right thing and try to get help. This is especially sad since most if not all have a biological basis just like any "physical" ailment. But to think that a 6-year-old using his imagination while playing should be punished for something that is unrelated is stupid. A 6-year-old would not have understood the connection. Our country seems to be lacking common sense.