The Ohio 5th grader had apparently fashioned his hand in the shape of a gun where his index finger resembled the barrel of a pistol. I imagine his thumb probably stuck straight up to resemble the hammer and his three remaining fingers folded to look like the pistol grip.
The boy held his gun-shaped hand against a fellow classmate’s head and pulled the imaginary trigger and accompanied the shot by saying “boom.”
Because we live in a post-Sandy Hook environment, that sort of boyish, childish and borderline terroristic behavior is a big no-no. So, he was suspended for three days. The principal let the student’s dad know how upset she was at him for doing what he did. She was so disgusted that she said she couldn’t even talk to him.
A Columbus principal suspended a student for three days last week after the child pointed a “lookalike firearm” at another student in class and pretended to shoot.
The boy’s age? 10. The “level 2 lookalike firearm” cited in his suspension letter? His finger.
“I was just playing around,” said Nathan Entingh, a fifth-grader at Devonshire Alternative Elementary School in a far northern section of the district. “People play around like this a lot at my school.”
Other kids have been caught playing pretend gun games on the playground at Devonshire and weren’t suspended, Nathan said.
Devonshire Principal Patricia Price has warned students about pretend gun play numerous times this year, and everyone should know the rules by now, district spokesman Jeff Warner said. Nathan put his finger to the side of the other student’s head and pretended to shoot “kind of execution style,” Warner said.
“The kids were told, ‘If you don’t stop doing this type of stuff, there would be consequences,’” Warner said. “It’s just been escalating.” Warnings included three newsletters sent home with kids, he said.
The boy’s father, Paul Entingh, said no one felt threatened, and it’s the adults who are acting childish in their response to a typical 10-year-old’s misstep.
“He said he was playing,” Paul Entingh said. “It would even make more sense maybe if he brought a plastic gun that looked like a real gun or something, but it was his finger.”
They can make whatever rules they want to try to prevent boys from behaving like boys, but it won’t work. Isn’t there some “evolutionary” basis for what these boys do with pretend guns? Something related to survival? Don’t these government schoolteachers teach that we’re all related to animals? Why can’t these teachers and officials just accept that certain people exhibit more animalistic traits than others? It’s in some kids’ DNA, and they can’t help that they were born that way. Isn’t this discrimination?