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

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obama gun gesture An Osceola County (FL) 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.

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.

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Reason ∞ to home school.


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0 responses to “School suspends child for using finger as pretend gun while playing with friends

  1. I believe it is an act of violence to villainize a child in this manner, as violence is not limited to the physical plane. I guess that would make it a form of child abuse. It is also a form of discrimination, since the child probably learned about shooting guns from watching TV and movies, yet it is still allowed on TV and in the movies, oh, and video games that kids play. Of course, the actors and charactors in the TV shows, movies, and video games aren’t really killing anyone–but neither are the children as they “shoot” with their fingers or toy guns. So where do these people who invent these idiotic rules for children draw the line? Or do they do it intentionally just to confuse them–and keep them confused, as they grow into adulthood?

  2. Either way you are spot on, IMO. And welcome to our sandbox. at nearly 71, I cannot express enough how grateful I am that my three children were raised in rural or bush environments where they were held in the arms of our Creator and the Creation, mostly w/o TV, so they are today all healthy, socially positive members of society. I regret I didn’t teach them even more survival skills, but they can acquire those as needed.

  3. Wow!

  4. Can not any of these adult educators remember how they played when they were children? They can’t put themselves in the shoes of these children? They didn’t grow up with these idiotic rules. And, they expect children not to play shoot ’em up games with their fingers? Why are they in a profession working with children when they are so severely out of touch? I bet they have threatened their own children short of their lives if they get caught at school shooting with their fingers. Instead of advocating for the rights of children, these monsters seem to take particular evil pleasure in meting out harsh punishments. Parents are going to have to fight back. If we can’t get this turned around soon, the continued psychological impact on these innocent young minds will be devastating, not only to the children, but also for society. I’m so glad I’m beyond the age to raise children, for I fear what I would do in order to protect my children from these maniacs.

  5. Zero-tolerance for guns, self-defense or any form of resistance before they know why those things are important, comrade!

  6. Like I have always said when it comes to gubbermint skewels:

    Zero tolerance = zero intelligence.


  7. Did they ask the kid “Vere are your papers’.


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