The parents of a 6-year-old Silver Spring boy are fighting the first-grader’s suspension from a Montgomery County public school for pointing his finger like a gun and saying “pow,” an incident school officials characterized in a disciplinary letter as a threat “to shoot a student.”
The first-grader was suspended for one day, Dec. 21. The family’s attorney filed an appeal Wednesday, asking that the incident be expunged from the boy’s school record amid concerns of long-term fallout.
To be fair to the school, officials say that they had warned the kid not to do this, and her persisted. OK, but he’s six years old. Six year old boys love guns and gun-like implements. On Christmas Day, our guests included a family with a three-year-old boy. This family owns no guns, and they don’t even have a TV — yet their little boy was running around pow-pow-pow-ing people, because that’s what little boys do. That’s what I did, and my buddies did, on the playground when we were in elementary school.
My eight-year-old just headed down the street to play Air Soft guns with his buddy. He was carrying a toy rifle. In a less sane town, they’d probably call out the SWAT team to disarm the kid.