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School Suspends Eight Year Old For ‘Finger Gun’

From ABC’s Orlando affiliate, WFTV:

School suspends child for using finger as pretend gun while playing with friends

September 30, 2013

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — An Osceola County mother is outraged after she said her 8-year-old son was kicked out of class for playing cops with his friends at Harmony Community School and using his finger to simulate a handgun.

Jordan Bennett was suspended from school for the day, but his mother, Bonnie, said she’s now worried her son be labeled as violent with a suspension on his record.

"He had nothing in his hand. It was a finger gun, a pretend gun," Bennett said. But as it turns out, the school considered the gesture to be an act of violence.

"He didn’t threaten violence. He didn’t utter words that were inappropriate. He made a sound and used his fingers and that was it," said Bennett.

Isn’t that enough?! This is probably not far from the Trayvon Martin shooting site. So who are we to point fingers?

Bennett told Channel 9 she believes there are more effective ways the district could have disciplined her son than having him miss school for the day.

"A written apology," she said. "If he would have written an essay about why it was inappropriate, what he did, that would have made more of an impact."

Instead, Bennett said her son was forced to miss an entire day of instruction. "I absolutely think he should be in school," she said.

Bennett said her son has never been in detention or suspended before. She hopes by speaking out that administrators will start distinguishing between an actual threat and a pretend game.

The school district told Channel 9 due to student confidentiality, they cannot comment on individual cases.  They did say their code of conduct prohibits students from playing with invisible guns.

Sheesh.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “School Suspends Eight Year Old For ‘Finger Gun’”

  1. “He had nothing in his hand. It was a finger gun, a pretend gun,”Bennet said.

    So, it was a thought crime.

    “A written apology,” she said. “If he would have written an essay about why it was inappropriate, what he did, that would have made more of an impact.”

    Instead, Bennett said her son was forced to miss an entire day of instruction. “I absolutely think he should be in school,” she said.

    This women has no prblem with her son being punished for his thought crime, but she is upset that they sent him home from school.
    I think maybe school is just a baby sitting service for her to get the rug-rat out of her hair for the day.

    • The fact that she has more of a problem with the punishment than the fact that her child did nothing wrong and was being punished at all speaks volumes.

      “If he would have written an essay about why it was inappropriate, what he did, that would have made more of an impact.” But didn’t she just say that he didn’t do anything wrong?

      Would you have ever believed that pointing your index finger in a threatening manner would be grounds for being suspended from school? How long before some poor clerk at the 7/11 gets robbed by a finger brandishing thug from the local playground.

      But the most ridiculous thing is that this woman actually believes that a school record for an 8 year old is going to scar him for life. Yeah, I remember when I went for that job interview and they asked me if I was still eating paste like I did when I was 5. Happens all the time… doesn’t it?

  2. Astravogel

    A teacher brought some .22 cartridges to me, along
    with the child who had them. I thanked her, reminded
    the child not to bring these to school, and sent him back
    to class. Then I called the parents and said they could
    pick the cartridges up after school. No problem. No fuss,
    just another ‘situation’ taken care of with a bit of thought.
    Common sense; there seems to be a lack of it amongst
    the ‘educators’ of today. Speaking of Common Sense,
    I’ve just started reading it on-line (Google digitized version)
    and geeze, so much of it is so relevant today it’s scary!

  3. canary

    My son is a school clown and In middle-school and the day after Virginia Tech mayhem, he drew a little stick man with a gun on the teachers blackboard when she was out of the room. So, when the school called I was made as could be. I explained that he and his friends had been discussing it and they were terrified, and I believed it was my son’s way expressing fear he could not talk about.
    And I told the counselor, but by gosh he is sooo much trouble and will be grounded for. By gosh, that chalk board was not his property, but belonged to the teacher, and how dare he get up there and draw or wright anything. I told her I’d have a discussion about his being traumatized, but he was in big trouble. And in big trouble he was because I had a rule to not get any phone call in regards to poor behavior. I did stand up for him when he called a new girl from Mexico who informed the class at 16 she had taken the U.S. citizenship class and was officially a US citizen, when my son asked if she was legal. He then said she was “hot” and I got a phone call from the Principal, and did the same he will be in trouble, but they wanted to put him in the class where the juvenile offenders had to sit and twiddle their thumbs. This may have ruined his scholarship and I said over my dead body are you putting him in a class with thugs who broke the law over something so pathetic. Saying a girl is hot is not appropriate, but it was a compliment and what do they expect with all those students playing their rap music between classes.

    I hope he doesn’t get in trouble in college. After the Kenya mall, cowardly A-Qaeda burned over those students at that Muslim college asleep in their bed I’m more an more afraid of those African Muslim Foreign students. That is appropriate as they are not African Americans. They are scary and hypocrites. One of them opened his apt door with only a bath towell, and called me the “b” word, when I had only looked at him in fear and shock he might drag me in side and sexually assault me. I ran. I should have called the cops.

    • canary

      It was also in the news last week a kindergartner (sp?) accidentally had a key chain with a little color plastic gun on the end like you win as a cheap prize at a school carnival or at the fair, and even liberals were saying the school had gone to far and the parents were challenging the school over their child being suspended 3 days. That’s as bad as punishing kids in kindergarten for innocent kisses we hear about.
      Thanks to the gay community, we won’t be hearing anything problems throughout a child’s education, because the child can just say they like hugging people more than trees and plants.

  4. preparing4theworst

    “They did say their code of conduct prohibits students from playing with invisible guns.” What about invisible tricorders? Can I bring my invisible sex toy? “this is my friend Harvey..He is a Pookah.”….SHEESH!




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