March 09, 2015

NEWS: Six-year-old suspended for making his fingers into the shape of a gun

Rebel Staff

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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commented 2015-03-10 01:19:03 -0400
There’s really not much to say here. The actions of the school administration speaks for itself. They’re all a bunch of nincompoops! I wonder what they would of said when I was in school. We actually played with toy guns at recess. Nobody was shooting up classrooms back then.
commented 2015-03-10 01:12:08 -0400
Teaches and principals have nothing better to do them make “mountain out of moral hills”, they need to focus more on the basic and less on the social science’s
Kids get the basics down and every thing else will fall in to place.
commented 2015-03-09 23:14:21 -0400
Jake Carson, now, now, no teacher-baiting. That would only invite a private corrective lesson.
commented 2015-03-09 23:13:06 -0400
Kenneth – Hey! We girls like gun play too.
commented 2015-03-09 21:05:58 -0400
The Amish and Mennonites are openly declared pacifists and would not raise a hand in anger against their neighbor. Rather they learn at a very young age to turn the other cheek, yet their children have no qualms about making themselves guns out of pieces of whatever they can get their hands on and pretend to shoot each other.

It is all about learning the difference between right and wrong, make believe and reality and living one’s life accordingly.
commented 2015-03-09 17:38:28 -0400
Wow. What insanity. When I was a kid (that was before video games and the internet) we had a game at school called ‘cops and robbers’ and we shaped our hands like guns, pointed them at each other, and said, “Bang, you’re dead!” And then we fell over and played dead. It was fun! Now the feminist anti-gun nuts are running the schools, and fun for boys is knitting or eating quiche or sharing their feelings. Am I ever glad I was a kid before the politically correct left took over.
commented 2015-03-09 16:55:04 -0400
The child had only to tell his teacher, " this is how I hold my hand when I masturbate" Then it wouldn’t have been a problem !
commented 2015-03-09 16:28:33 -0400
What ever happened to teacher/principal/school/education creativity?

If I were the teacher, I’d have told Austin to put his gun away and focus on his work. If he were particularly difficult about it, I might tell him if he doesn’t put it away, I’m going to take it from him …

The kid knows it’s not a gun, for pity sake! He’s not doing anything anti-social.

Now, if it’s Ma Boucher aiming his finger at you, it would be prudent to take it more seriously as that is his signature gesture he makes at those he targets for hits.
commented 2015-03-09 16:12:42 -0400
You have to wonder WTF is wrong with our educators to get themselves so twisted with knots of anxiety over a kid being a kid. Leave the teaching about life and death to us parents. Even adults use their imaginations about violence (watching movies) but can still tell the difference between fantasy and reality.