A Maryland family is fighting the one day school suspension of a 6-year-old boy who made a gun gesture with his thumb and forefinger while in class.
The boy was suspended after pointing the finger gun at a classmate and saying “pow,” WTOP reported. The incident came a week after a gunman stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., killing 26 people, including 20 children.
The boy’s family said they got a letter from Roscoe Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md. saying the child was being suspended over the gun gesture and had also been spoken to about a “similar incident,” the Washington Examiner reported.
The family also obtained a lawyer.
“What they’re doing is looking at the worst possible interpretation of a young, naive 6-year-old,” attorney Robin Ficker told the Examiner. “This is a little child who can’t form the intent to do anything like that.”
The Montgomery County Public Schools said its policy is not to discuss matters of student discipline.