Reports: Silver Spring Boy Suspended from School for Gun Gesture

Family's lawyer tells local news outlets the school overreacted.

A 6-year-old boy was suspended from Roscoe Nix Elementary in Silver Spring for one day for making a hand gesture in the shape of a gun, aiming it at another student and saying "pow," local news outlets have reported. 

A Jan. 2 meeting on the suspension was scheduled, the Washington Examiner reports.

"What they're doing is looking at the worst possible interpretation of a young, naive 6-year-old," Robin Ficker, the family's attorney, told the Examiner. "This is a little child who can't form the intent to do anything like that."

Ficker told NBC4 the school overreacted because of the killing of 20 children and 6 staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. 

In a letter sent home about the suspension, the school cited a previous incident where it alleged the boy threatened to shoot another student, but Ficker said the school refuses to give the boy's parents details of the earlier incident.The lawyer also said the parents were not made aware of any previous threats made by their son. 

Suspensions can be appealed within 10 days, according to Montgomery County Public Schools rules. 

A spokesperson for the school system told local news sources that the school tries to make sure that younger students and their families know about behavior that needs to be corrected and the ramifications for continuing that behavior. 

Craig January 02, 2013 at 07:06 PM
This story is also getting linked now on DrudgeReport - thank goodness! This is yet another outrageous example of PC and over-blown reaction run amok in the Progressive Republic of Montgomery County, MD. If a six year old is making crazy threats, it can and should be addressed - but to not make parents aware of the original threat is ridiculous. Remember the county coming down hard on the children with a LEMONADE STAND during the golf event last summer? WAR ON CHILDREN - to use a leftist term!
Craig January 02, 2013 at 07:07 PM
The little kid probably saw these actions in a violent HOLLYWOOD movie. You know, those "works of art" created by those Actors in the Anti-gun Public Service Announcement? Will BIG HOLLYWOOD come to his defense for imitating what he saw in a movie? Of course not they will keep cashing checks.
Pachacutec January 02, 2013 at 08:08 PM
I came up in the 1950s; yes, there were westerns and police shows on TV, but nothing like the violence in movies now; and you know what? back then little kids were STILL going "pow" and pointing their fingers! Yes, it's very soon after the Newtown killings, but I really do think that suspending such a young child, even for a day is a terrible overreaction. Now if this child has a history of saying/doing violent things (and yes, I admit it can happen, even at that age), that's one thing; however, just about every little kid I've ever known since I was a little kid has, at one time or other, pointed their finger, a stick, any kind of toy, and said "pow." I can't see in making this into such a big deal that the school is doing this child any favors.
susan January 02, 2013 at 11:49 PM
If making your hand into a gun is wrong-then all of my preschoolers would be in trouble!! All children do this and have forever, it is no different than playing cowboys and Indians when I was a child. Talk with the parents about it- but don't suspend a six year old!!
Jill Smith January 03, 2013 at 05:21 PM
School districts do not suspend students easily, and they do follow a set policy before doing so. This student violated the policy ,and it is unclear if there is a history of behavior and the history of the parents support in working with the district. While we would like to think that a 6 year old is not capable of violence, that is not always true now. The parents and the lawyer are free to speak, but the schools do not have that freedom to share information. The teacher and administration are obligated to protect ALL the students. While non teaching readers may see this as frivolous, our schools are expected to treat each incident seriously for the sake of ALL students. It doesn't make them lunatics. It doesn't make them tyrannical. It makes them RESPONSIBLE for many souls.


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