Stop if you've heard this one before.
A 6-year-old boy has been suspended from Stratton Meadows Elementary School in Colorado Springs for the horrendous, unforgivable crime of making his fingers into the shape of a gun, pointing at a student and saying 'you're dead'.
Elijah Thurston and his father Austin appeared on Fox and Friends to discuss the incident and how school officials lectured the boy on 'what it means to be dead'.
The school defended the punishment. It released a statement saying, “We encourage parents to be an integral part of successfully addressing student behavior and disciplinary actions. Our administrator's consider the offending behavior and past behavior when addressing disciplinary infractions.”
This isn't the first time students in the US have been suspended for making a gun with their fingers.
In 2014, Nathan Entingh, a student at Devonshire Alternative Elementary School in Ohio was suspended for three days.
Nathan's father Paul Entingh told CNN about the gun-finger incident. “He was pointing it at a friend's head and he said 'boom.' The kid didn't see it. No other kids saw it. But the teacher saw it. It wasn't threatening. It wasn't hostile. It was a 10-year-old kid playing.”
According to Entingh, Principal Patricia Price told him that if Nathan were to make his fingers look like a gun again he would be suspended for longer, if not permanently.
Of course, things can always be more asinine.
At least those students weren't suspended for chewing their pastry into the shape of a gun.
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