Because even pointing anything resembling a gun is bound to scare the bejesus out of us…
Making headlines this weekend is the story of a 5 year old Pennsylvania girl who has been suspended from kindergarten after she threatened to shoot another girl with her pink Hello Kitty toy gun. The toy gun is understood to be able to shoot copious amounts of soap bubbles.
Nevertheless the 5 year old girl’s parents have not taken the suspension lightly and have now hired an attorney to fight the ten day suspension she was given on account of issuing a ‘terroristic threat,’ courtesy of Mount Carmel Area School District.
After negotiations with the school, the suspension was dropped to two days and the misdemeanor thus categorized as ‘only threatening to harm another student.’
Told the family attorney, Robin Ficker: “It’s laughable. This is a girl who had no idea about killing or what happened in Connecticut.’
Needless to say the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre has left an unsavory taste with most schools as an effort to stamp out any notion of violence is enforced. Of course what is debatable is to what degree can schools hope to eliminate the fear of future violence and in their zeal to stamp out any gesture pertaining to firearms (pink toys that blow bubbles included) how realistic are these aims given the nature that children do not always understand the repercussions or implications that most adults are able to reckon with.
Fox news goes on to report the following: School district solicitor Edward Greco tells pennlive.com officials are looking into the case. He said Friday school officials aren’t at liberty to discuss disciplinary actions.
Ficker said he has scheduled a meeting with a lawyer from the school board later this month to have the girl’s record expunged.
If only all terrorist threats involved soapy bubbles….