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5-Year-Old Girl Suspended For Making a 'Terrorist Threat' -- With Her Hello Kitty Bubble Gun??

Posted by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:03 PM
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5-Year-Old Girl Suspended For Making a 'Terrorist Threat' -- With Her Hello Kitty Bubble Gun

Posted by Kiri Blakeley on January 21, 2013 

It's not news that there is a zero tolerance policy in schools over a whole range of issues -- kids are punished for everything from eating mints to a wearing a weird hairstyle. So I guess this story shouldn't come as a total surprise. But it's still unbelievably wacky. A 5-year-old girl was reportedly suspended from kindergarten for threatening to shoot another child -- with her Hello Kitty bubble gun!

The unidentified little girl was suspended for making a "terrorist threat" with her bubble gun. Apparently the girl had suggested that she and a friend "shoot each other" -- um, with bubbles -- and the girl didn't even have the gun on her at school.

She was originally suspended for 10 days, but after the family lawyered up, it was reduced to two. But the family wants this incident wiped from her record entirely. Says the family lawyer:

This little girl is the least terroristic person in Pennsylvania. This logic, which was not said in malice, came from the mind of this beautiful 5-year-old child who was playing with her friends, whom she hugs every day.

The girl received a psychological evaluation, and was found to be no threat to others. Says her mother:
 
All I know is what my daughter has told me and she said she was told she could go to jail, which is a very traumatic thing for a 5-year-old to live with.
 
Well, the school was between a rock and a hard place here. It's not unheard of for very young children to bring real guns to school. And if she'd said something, and then something bad DID happen, and it was found out the school did nothing about it, then they'd be sued for that. (Note the word "trauma" here: The standard legal byword for "we're going to sue you.")
 
I personally don't think there should be toys in the shape of guns being sold to kids. And I don't think kids should play with them. But since they are legal, and kids do play with them, then how are you going to prevent kids from talking about them while at school?
 
A better tack here might have been to call the parents and have a conference between them and the child, and explain why one should never threaten to shoot another child -- even if it's just with bubbles.
 
Should this little girl have been suspended? What should the school have done?

by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:03 PM
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RutterMama
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:21 PM
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The school should have done *NOTHING*!!! This is INSANE! She was talking to her friend about PLAYING!!!!!!!!!

Here's the thing - She didn't even take the thing to school! She and her friend were TALKING about shooting each other with bubbles... BUBBLES! Not to cause harm to anyone, but to PLAY WITH BUBBLES!

gammie
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:26 PM
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How ignorant can schools be the little girl was shooting Bubbles! Home school, I would not take my daughter back to the school.
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RLT2
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:33 PM
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I saw this. Ridiculous. Now if a maniac with a bubble gun manages to shoot and kill a bunch of kids, I'll reconsider my view on bubble gun safety. I have a feeling it'll be a long long wait

websorceress
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 5:39 PM
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way out of line, it's gotten nuts......she's five and playing with a pink bubble gun.......really???.......I'm a photographer and I say I 'shoot people' all the time, should I be arrested??? hmmmm insane........funny how the whole world has to change for a few rotten apples.........I always believed majority ruled???

deltathree
by Bronze Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 7:04 PM
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OY! eye rolling

lostosbourne
by Audi on Jan. 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM
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I think that is ridiculous!! She is a child and she was talking to another kid about it. Jeez.

A kid at our school was escorted out of the building and suspended for 4 days for using his hand as a gun and saying bang bang. Apparently he was telling another friend about a video game he played and one of the teachers heard only the bang bang part. So this kid was subjected to being seen escorted out of school by the cops and his mom. Sometimes I think things are being taken a little too far. If a kid is legitimately threatening people then yes suspend them but if they are playing around and not hurting anyone then I say no. Esp a little kid. 


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Fields456
by Bronze Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Wow
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banana-bear
by on Jan. 23, 2013 at 12:12 AM
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ImNotKarl
by New Member on Jan. 23, 2013 at 12:14 AM
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That's so ridiculous. That little girl had no ill intent. The school could have told her that she shouldn't talk about stuff like that, and that guns, even bubble guns, aren't allowed in school. If it was REALLY a huge deal, they could have called the parents. This is a situation in which discretion and logic should have been used.

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jan. 23, 2013 at 12:14 AM
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My son doesn't play with guns, nor toys what have guns on them. So when classmates threaten to shoot him or play shoot on the play ground I do get a bit irriatated, especially when he pretended to shoot his sister, but by no means would I expect a child to be suspended, perhaps talked to but not suspended.  Yes I am posting as anon cause I know mothers are gonna rage over it being silly and stupid and I don't want my parenting pulled into question, just wanted to share my opinion. 

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