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Michigan 6-Year-Old Suspended From School for Making Gun With Hand

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FOX News: A Michigan boy reportedly has been suspended from school for curling his hand into the shape of a gun and pointing it at another student.

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Erin Jammer, said her son, Mason, was just playing around when he made the gesture Wednesday, the Grand Rapids Press reported.

"I do think it's harsh for a six-year-old. He's six and he just likes to play. Maybe what you could do is take his recess away. He's only six and he doesn't understand any of this," Erin Jammer said.

But officials at Jefferson Elementary School said the behavior made other students uncomfortable, and they suspended Mason for the remainder of the week, the paper reported.

School officials also told the paper that Mason had been warned repeatedly against pretending to aim his hand at students but continued the behavior over several months.

Jammer told the paper her son isn't violent and doesn't have toy guns at home. She suggested a less harsh punishment, like taking Mason's recess away, might be more effective in teaching him not to make a gun with his hand.

"He's only six and he doesn't understand any of this," she said.

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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
Moji March 7, 2010, 5:27 AM

This article was clearly written in a hurry. There is a lot of repetition.

Clearly, this article was written in a hurry because of the repetition.

Anonymous March 7, 2010, 5:41 AM

Good for the school for nipping it in the bud. They say he was warned for several months. That’s long enough. Most of the time the parents come rushing to the defense of the kids improper behavior. Then the behavior progresses to something more serious. Mom should consider herself lucky that she got this wakeup call now before his “bullying” type behavior (yes I said bully) progresses into something more serious. This is how it starts.

New Mexico Mark December 24, 2010, 9:21 PM

“He’s only six and he doesn’t understand any of this,” she said.

She is probably right. However, all he needs to understand is the meaning of the word “no”. A six year old child can and should have a basic understanding of authority. I presume the reason he doesn’t understand is because she hasn’t taught him.

While I think zero tolerance school policies are often ridiculous, at least this was not a knee-jerk reaction.


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