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‘Paper Gun’ At School Prompts Suspension Of Philadelphia Girl

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A Philadelphia fifth grader was suspended for having a paper gun at school. The little girl maintains she was chastised by staff and ridiculed by her peers. The child also claims that after the piece of paper that kind of resembled a gun was found, she was searched in front of the entire class. Critics who feel the teacher overreacted wonder if the educator was checking for paper bullets in the little girl’s pockets.

Melody Valentin was moved to tears when discussing the paper gun suspension during interviews. The Philadelphia fifth-grader attends Newlin Fell Elementary School. The child’s mother is still waiting on a response from the school over the matter, the New York Daily News notes.

Valentin had this to say during an interview with Fox 29 News:

“He [school official] yelled at me and said I shouldn’t have brought the gun to school and I kept telling him it was a paper gun, but he wouldn’t listen.”

Melody’s mom, Dianna Kelly, wants to know why a school official stood over her child and reportedly stated he should “call the cops” on her. The Newlin Fell Elementary School staffer also allegedly told the little girl she could be arrested.

The upset mother also noted that her daughter is having nightmares that the teacher is chasing her down the street. Melody has also been found in the bathroom crying during the early morning hours.

When detailing the harassment Melody Valentin stated she endured by her classmates, she noted she had been called a murderer. The somewhat gun-shaped paper had been made by her grandpa the day prior. When another student saw the folded piece of paper, he reportedly told school officials that Melody has a paper gun.

Do you think the school overreacted to the paper that resembled a gun?

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13 Responses to “‘Paper Gun’ At School Prompts Suspension Of Philadelphia Girl”

  1. Marcia DeChiara

    This is terribly unfair and will scar this child and all of her peers for life. This school, if the story in the way it is presented, is true, she has learned that teachers and administrators are bullies. They don't have common sense, and they should feel ashamed of themselves for not knowing the difference between caution and hysterical overreaction. If hysterical overreaction is written into discipline policy, then it is bad policy. If this can happen to this girl, with a sort of paper gun, then this can happen to any of those students, destroying any love for school and learning they have.

  2. Stephen James

    Our schools are so feminized that even a little girl with a torn piece of paper is a threat.

  3. Duncan Idaho

    At my grandson's middle school the kids can't wear blue or red clothes because those are gang colors (Crips and Bloods) They have a so-called 'zero-tolerance' policy. The same thing would have happened in his school.

  4. Laser Guided Loogie

    Crazy anti-gun haters are a bigger menace than the occasional shooter. These people are insane cultist who have turned their pet peeve into a religious cult hysteria.

    Terrorizing a poor young girl over something like this? These idiots aren't even human, they have renounced their membership in the human species.

    I really feel sorry for this lady and her daughter. The best solution would be homeschooling, but I know a lot of parents can't make arrangements like that. At some point however, we have to just say "NO!" to these public schools which serve no other purpose than to dumb down and terrorize small children.

    -Ken
    http://www.LaserGuidedLoogie.com

  5. Anonymous

    So I am correct in reading a Male teacher searched this young female student is that what I am reading? SUE THESE PEOPLE FOR TRAUMA INFLICTED ON YOUR DAUGHTER FIGHT BACK!

  6. Bob Armstrong

    There is a sort of antisymmetry between the demonization of civilian gun possession and an ever more militarized police and continual national offense globally. Glad I grew up in the days of Hopalong Cassidy.

  7. Christopher F Cheney

    oh nooooooooooooooooooooo… I am so scared of paper gun… I more worried of getting a paper cut though I have to say what ever child ratted her out its there parents fault for not teaching him common sense or her.

  8. Mike Bryant

    I wonder if this school and the stupid administration would pay me a pro football player's salary for playing paper football in the lunch room? LOL! This is ridiculous!