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Virginia school suspends second grader for pointing a pencil at a fellow student

PencilTalk about overreacting! A Virginia elementary school suspended a second grader last week for simply aiming a pencil at a fellow student while making gun like noises.

According to the local Fox affiliate, Christopher Marshall was playing with another student when their teacher asked them to stop pointing pencils at one another like they were guns. While Marshall stopped at his teacher’s request and apologized for his behavior, the school went ahead and suspended him for two days, citing a “zero tolerance policy” for weapons.

“A pencil is a weapon when it is pointed at someone in a threatening way and gun noises are made,” Bethanne Bradshaw, a spokesperson for Suffolk Public Schools, told Fox 43 Hampton Roads. ”Some children would consider it threatening, who are scared about shootings in schools or shootings in the community. Kids don’t think about ‘Cowboys and Indians’ anymore, they think about drive-by shootings and murders and everything they see on television news every day.”

Nonetheless, Marshall’s father believes the school was completely out-of-line by suspending his second grade son. “Enough is enough. I mean, where will we draw the line?” Paul Marshall told NBC Washington. ” I mean, a pencil. Was it sharpened? Was it not? Was it a No. 2? What’s the big deal?”

The elder Marshall, a retired Marine, added that his son was portraying a Marine while his friend was playing the ‘bad guy.’

This is not the first time that a school in the mid-Atlantic has overreacted on gun suspensions of late. In March, a seven-year-old Maryland boy was suspended for nibbling on a gun-shaped breakfast pastry, and in January another Maryland boy was suspended for pointing his fingers in the shape of a gun and saying “Pow” during playtime.

 

Comments

Comments

  1. Bo says:

    Anything for thier 15 minutes of ignorance. Teachers and school leaders are the best.

  2. Randy Abney says:

    They can’t even be kids anymore. This world is going to hell in a basket.

  3. Al says:

    When parents have had enough of the social engineering by those who have their children more hours per week than the parents and grab these filthy progressives by the hair and beat them within an inch of their lives for brainwashing their children, THEN maybe we’ll begin to see sanity ~ and REAL learning ~ return to the classroom. Until then, HOMESCHOOL.

    Stand up and fight for your children, folks. Sending your child to government schools is tantamount to child abuse.

  4. John says:

    This is because we have a society now that strictly focuses on brain washing young kids into thinking guns are the source of all our problems, and our schools have now taking a part on the process. I believe this all attempt at getting future votes to ban weapons by implementing this type of thinking on the youngest generation. These ideas have significantly been growing for 40+ years now, and its really getting scary that’s its now going into affect. That Eric Holder the Attorney General in case you didnt know in the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nM0asnCXD0

  5. Sandra says:

    Whats next getting suspended for pointing your finger. Yeah a finger could be a weapon, it could poke an eye out, it could scratch you with its nail, or it could slap these idiots and say “wake up”. Geesh,!

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