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2 Six Year Old Boys Suspended For ‘Finger Guns’

From CBS Baltimore affiliate, WJZ:

Parents Furious After Young Boys Suspended After Playing With Imaginary Weapon

January 15, 2013

TALBOT COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — … Controversy at a Talbot County school after two six-year-old boys were suspended while playing cops and robbers during recess and using their fingers to make an imaginary gun…

This is the second time a Maryland child has been suspended for such play. Earlier this month, six-year-old Rodney Lynch was suspended from his Montgomery County school after pretending to fire an imaginary gun more than once.

“Just pointing your fingers like this and then she did the pow sound and I just went like that and then I got sent to the office again,” Lynch said.

What anti-gun hysteria?

The school reversed its decision after Rodney’s parents appealed.

“They’re saying he threatened a student, threatened to shoot a student. He was playing,” said Rodney’s father, Rodney Lynch, Sr.

“I do not believe maliciousness was involved here,” said child psychologist Dr. Joe Kaine.

Dr. Kaine says most six-year-olds’ minds aren’t developed enough to understand why their idea of fun play might make adults upset.

“I can certainly appreciate that at school, that’s not a type of play that they are going to endorse and I certainly support that, but that’s where we educate the time and place for doing things,” Kaine said.

Thank goodness they were able to bring in a child psychologist, who ruled that there was no "maliciousness" involved. But what if he had found that there was "maliciousness" involved? Would these six year olds have had to do time?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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