Adult demonstrates gun-shooting gesture made by a first-grader who was subsequently suspended from a Silver Spring, Md., elementary school.
SILVER SPRING, Md. (CBS NEWS) - A gun-shooting gesture made by a first-grader to
fellow students - just three days after the Newtown, Conn. school
shootings - got the boy suspended from Roscoe Nix Elementary School in
Silver Spring, Maryland, CBS Baltimore reports.
School officials say the boy pretended to shoot three students with his finger on Dec. 17, according to the station.
"I went into my desk and then I got scissors and then I just pretended it was a gun," the 6-year-old told CBS Baltimore.
was reportedly sent to the office and the school called his parents
about the behavior. The school warned he could face suspension if it
happened again... and according to school officials, it did, twice.
The final incident involved another first-grader, but both say they were just playing around.
did the 'pow' sound and I just went like that. And then I got sent to
the office again," the suspended boy told CBS Baltimore.
"They are saying he threatened a student, threatened to shoot a student. He was just playing," the boy's father said.
a letter to parents, the school called it a serious incident and said a
first-grader had threatened to shoot a student just days after the
The boy served a one-day suspension. His family appealed the suspension, which would appear on his permanent school record.
Baltimore reports that amid vigorous debate about the disciplinary
measure, school officials have decide to erase the suspension from the
The family's attorney said the child had no intention to shoot anyone.
spokesman for the school system said previouslyr that the boy's
suspension "was not a kneejerk reaction to a single incident." The
spokesman said Friday the district does not comment on discipline issues
involving individual students.