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Kindergartner suspended for making gun with hand. Punishment Harsh? Appropriate?

When Mason Jammer, a kindergarten student at Jefferson Elementary in Ionia, curled his fist into the shape of a gun Wednesday and pointed it at another student, school officials said it was no laughing matter.
They suspended Mason until Friday, saying the behavior made other students uncomfortable, said Erin Jammer, Mason's mother.
School officials allege Mason had displayed this kind of behavior for several months, despite numerous warnings.
"I do think it's too harsh for a six-year-old," said Jammer, who was previously warned that if Mason continued the practice he would be suspended. "He's six and he just likes to play."
Jammer says her son isn't violent, and there are other, more effective ways of teaching him not to make a gun with his hand.
"Maybe what you could do is take his recess away," suggested Jammer, adding her son doesn't have toy guns at home.
"He's only six and he doesn't understand any of this.


Asked by grlygrlz2 at 9:29 AM on Mar. 7, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Harsh punishment about a 6 year old making his fingers into a gun. Saying his mom is responsible for making him follow the rules. But his 12 year old sister probably would be handed a condom and told by the school not to listen to her parents unrealistic abstinence rules. Anyone else see a disconnect?


    Answer by myame at 12:42 PM on Mar. 7, 2010

  • grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:30 AM on Mar. 7, 2010

  • He's understands right from wrong and he knew if he did it again he in be in trouble. That mother should of disciplined him better at home and he wouldn't have done that. If he doesn't stop he'll be in prison by the time he's 12.

    Answer by SaraP1989 at 9:32 AM on Mar. 7, 2010

  • i read this the other, just RIDICULOUS. he is 6 years old. suspending him is something he is not going to understand at all. they bascially rewarded him instead.

    Answer by sati769leigh at 9:35 AM on Mar. 7, 2010

  • Sara, really? overkill there. he is 6 years old. the punishment should fit the crime AND the ability of the child to understand it. sending him home suspended is not a punishment to a 6 year old. within a day he isnt even going to correlate the two things.

    Answer by sati769leigh at 9:37 AM on Mar. 7, 2010

  • If he doesn't stop he'll be in prison by the time he's 12.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  Thanks for the stellar insight!  Best laugh I've had all week!


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:39 AM on Mar. 7, 2010

  • He does know right from wrong and he was warned not to do those things again. Take away his recess? Yeah, right. That's not going to do anything. That mother should have explained to him what was going to happen if he kept it up. It's not like the school didn't warn him or the mom before doing this.

    Answer by SaraP1989 at 9:39 AM on Mar. 7, 2010

  • These rules are ludicrous and makes you wonder what kind of society these "zero tolerance" rules are creating.

    There is a HUGE difference from a finger, a half-inch Lego toy, and a gun. There is no study that pointing your finger leads to violence later in life.

    There is a BIG difference from Midol and Meth, but the schools lump legal, over-the-counter drugs in with dangerous, addictive, illegal drugs. There is no study showing that over-the-counter drugs lead to drug abuse later in life.

    What ADULT would accept these same rules in the workplace or in life? Would you like to get arrested for simply pointing a finger at someone? What sort of society accepts complete and arbitrary control? Schools that enforce these rules are no better than petty Dictatorships.


    Answer by mancosmomma at 9:47 AM on Mar. 7, 2010

  • Pretend play is a huge part of a 6yr olds life... Who know, he could have been watching Toy Story and got the inspiration from Buzz and Woody... Heavan forbid he was watching the old Davy Crocket cartoon that was on Disney not too long ago. The school has rules. The mother was warned.. I would be curious to see what the mother was doing to explain to him school is not the right place for this kind of pretend play....

    By SaraP's logic, those who pretend play with guns will end up in prison at a young age? No... That's foolish..

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:54 AM on Mar. 7, 2010

  • My kids love this game.... And it is pretend play with guns, darts, etc... Who is to say, this is what the child was doing?  There is either more to this story (his words and actions along with making the gun symbol).. OR the school over reacted... jmo



    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:59 AM on Mar. 7, 2010