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Bubble Gun Suspension: Kindergarten Student’s Comment Draws Controversy

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A 5-year-old girl in Pennsylvania was suspended last week after she made a threatening comment involving a bubble gun.

The little girl told a fellow classmate she was going to shoot her with a pink toy gun that dispenses bubbles.

The girl was originally suspended for 10 days, a suspension that was reduced to two days after her family hired an attorney.

According to family attorney Robin Ficker, the school district labeled the girl as a “terrorist threat” because of her bubble gun comment. The comment was made outside of regular school hours as the girls were waiting for the school bus.

According to Fox News, school officials had the student questioned by a psychologist after they questioned her for 30 minutes.

Ficker defended the girls actions by noting that she didn’t have the bubble gun in her possession at the time of the comment. Ficker tells ABC News that the kindergarten student the “least terroristic person in Pennsylvania” and has “never fired a real gun.”

School officials claim to be looking into the suspension, although district policy forbids them from talking about disciplinary actions taken against students.

Do you think the little girls bubble gun comment was worthy of a suspension, or did school officials take the comment too far?

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51 Responses to “Bubble Gun Suspension: Kindergarten Student’s Comment Draws Controversy”

  1. Gary Smith

    I hope the parents get millions! The lack of common sense by the school district is amazing! Not to mention questioning a 5 year old without a parent present is disturbing!

  2. Scott Eaton

    I think the school administration who was involved in this should be let go…….this is what all you asshol voters wanted.

  3. Anonymous

    someone should make a threatening comment using a cotton ball and a newborn puppy.

  4. Leland Fiedler

    Let them both have a bubble gun and have it out. God I hope they don't get soap in there eyes!

  5. Matt Jr Boruszewski

    it depends on the words that came out of her mouth. if she said that she was going to kill her or shoot her to death with her bubble gun than yes I could see this being an issue. if it was I'm going to shoot bubbles at you than that is just a five year old playing. there was no serious threat and the so called "weapon" was not on her at the time. this should have never went to the media and this should not have went any futher than a simple phone call to the parents. no suspension

  6. Chase Bowen

    The school system wonders why kids drop out. She's a 5 year old people, I use to tell my Raggedy Andy doll that I was going to kill him too when I was that age. You don't see me running around rampaging now do you?

  7. Marsha Carpenter Hodges

    I would not have wasted my money hiring an attorney, I would have permanently checked her out of that school!

  8. Alex Matsuo

    Hey Marlene, chill the fuck out. Gracie is an American who speaks more than one language, you know being cultural and learning about something outside of herself and what not. Or if your reading skills were a bit better you'd noticed "overthetop" is in English.

  9. Alex Matsuo

    Also, Gracie is on my friends list and we both speak French and this was a personal interaction that can be seen on this article. Since I posted this on my Facebook, all my friends can see it. So how about you take your ignorance, shove it, and don't let the door hit you on your way out.

  10. Alex Matsuo

    So Marlene, this is me telling you to fuck off and look into other possibilities before judging someone. No need to reply. Also, in case you didn't know, the US is a melting pot of different cultures and immigrants are coming here every day. We technically took this land from the Native Americans so get off your high horse of stupidity and ignorance, and read a book.

  11. Alex Matsuo

    Hey Marlene, chill the fuck out. Gracie is an American who speaks more than one language, you know being cultural and learning about something outside of herself and what not. Or if your reading skills were a bit better you'd noticed "overthetop" is in English.

    Also, Gracie is on my friends list and we both speak French and this was a personal interaction that can be seen on this article. Since I posted this on my Facebook, all my friends can see it. So how about you take your ignorance, shove it, and don't let the door hit you on your way out.

    So Marlene, this is me telling you to fuck off and look into other possibilities before judging someone. No need to reply. Also, in case you didn't know, the US is a melting pot of different cultures and immigrants are coming here every day. We technically took this land from the Native Americans so get off your high horse of stupidity and ignorance, and read a book.

  12. Alex Matsuo

    Hey Marlene, chill out. Gracie is an American who speaks more than one language, you know being cultural and learning about something outside of herself and what not. Or if your reading skills were a bit better you'd noticed "overthetop" is in English.

    Also, Gracie is on my friends list and we both speak French and this was a personal interaction that can be seen on this article. Since I posted this on my Facebook, all my friends can see it. So how about you take your ignorance, shove it, and don't let the door hit you on your way out.

    So Marlene, this is me telling you to fuck off and look into other possibilities before judging someone. No need to reply. Also, in case you didn't know, the US is a melting pot of different cultures and immigrants are coming here every day. We technically took this land from the Native Americans so get off your high horse of stupidity and ignorance, and read a book.

  13. Anonymous

    16 YEAR OLD COMMITS 5 MURDERS. HE's NOT MATURE ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT HE'S DOING. LET HIM GO BACK INTO SOCIETY. But a 5-year-old talks about shooting bubbles and is suspended. Where is this country headed. Straight to the toilet>>>>>>>.

  14. George W. Clegg Jr.

    I understand our nation is reeling from the terroristic acts of the recent months but this is completely out of whack. These school district employees should be seriously reprimanded and set straight as to what the correct way to deal with a situation like this with a 5 year old. If they don't get it then they should be dismissed immediately!

  15. Taylor Smith

    Marlene Mihal English is the offical language not the only or did you forget that we live in a free country…for now atleast!

  16. Charles Hansen

    when I was a kid I carried my.22 with me everywhere. guns don't kill people. psychos kill people. this country is going down the tubes. what happened?

  17. Nathan Davidson

    Are you kidding me? A little girl says she'll shoot someone with a pink gun and she gets suspended? In other countries kids in kindergarten actually get to play with toy guns DURING class and they say stuff like "I'll shoot you" and "I'll kill you" and it's a part of their playing routine. This is outrageous.

  18. Adam Gale

    Set straight? They INTERROGATED a 5 year old girl without the parents present? They should be fired, and criminal charges should be looked into. Were they afraid she might run thru the hallways lightening the hearts of many of her fellow classmates? These administrators are morons, and deserve to be canned.

  19. Adam Gale

    Let's make it a useful threat, threaten someone with Justin Bieber, maybe they'll ban him.

  20. Crawford Kauffman

    Those who can not teach, teach teachers to teach, and those who can not teach teachers to teach become administrators… get my point Also in PA any numb nut can become a school board member no qualifications required… just like congressmen.

  21. Anonymous

    Is this for real? Are these people really that stupid? These school officials should be locked up for taking this too far. AMERICA – GET A BACKBONE, YOU PUSSIES!

  22. Karen Murrish

    It is so sad that adults have to get involved in the lives of such small children and make a big deal out of such an innocent thing.

  23. Raymond Klammer

    Major paradigm shift here. Either we accept guns (even toy guns) in our society or we don't. It makes no sense to have a rule in place and then not follow up, or apply any consequences. If no consequences are applied we just reinforce breaking or ignoring rules. The girl has millions of toy doesn't have to bring her toy gun to school.

  24. Andrew Long

    "Ficker defended the girls actions by noting that she didn’t have the bubble gun in her possession at the time of the comment."

    Read for content before you spout off, dude.

  25. Rick Thomas

    Yep, if they questioned that child with no parents present and with a psychologist no less, they might as well get out their checkbook.What is wrong with these idiots? These are people with college degrees.If this were my child, I'd be tearing them a new one for this!

  26. Mary Eastman

    I think people who don't take in all of the facts are more dangerous! RAYMOND>>>Get your facts straight…you made yourself look bad!!

  27. Mary Eastman

    Freedom of speech to the both of you. However, you Marlene Robbins look like you need to find a back door and slink out.

  28. John L. Venable

    An absurd decision, a 5 year old, a child still learning right from wrong,. No one was present to hear the vocal inflection or context….was it said with anger or humor… very poor reaction by school officials. I'm thinking they don't teach Darwin's Theory in that school.

  29. James Kraemer

    Found this comment by Donald Diens from another story most interesting:

    "They are a nation without sense, there is no discernment in them. If only they were wise and would understand this and discern what their end will be! How could one man chase a thousand, or two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, unless the Lord had given them up?" ~ Deuteronomy 32:28-30.

  30. John Reele

    Now this is truly becoming a farce/ taken over the limit and now will it ever end, we surly are a Nation in hurt and in need.

  31. Raymond Klammer

    Hey Andrew. And OJ got off because the glove didn't fit. The only people who know all the facts in this case are school officials, the girl and her family, and the attorney. Anyone else including you me and Mary don't

  32. Mike Waters

    While I agree with you that the officials went too far with this, just remember that those who don't vote have nothing to complain about.

  33. Chas Rampart

    Don't pass judgement yet portions of the lil girls comments were disturbing. Sometimes the only way to get an emotionally troubled person help is to file a legal charge against them, that is something that has come into the light after Sandy Hook. As far as the parents no info has been released about them or their situation with the child. The school Dist is not run by idiots and they are legally prevented from explaining why they felt these actions were required or divulging information about the students past and present behavior. Why not wait till all the facts are known before assuming an injustice was done.