I know, this is such odd behavior for a 6-year-old, warranting that he be suspended for a day. According to school officials, this boy “threatened his peers.” He pointed his index finger at a student and said, “Bang, you’re dead.” I believe the victim is in stable condition but may need psychological counseling. KRDO reported:
A Colorado Springs first-grader was suspended from school after pointing his fingers at a classmate in the shape of a gun.
Six-year-old Elijah goes to Stratton Meadows Elementary School. On Monday, he pointed at a classmate in the shape of a gun and said, “You’re dead.”
According to his behavior report, an administrator spoke with him about what being dead means and about not confusing “make-believe” or things in games with reality. And he received a one-day suspension for threats against peers.
“I know they have zero tolerance, but more of a maybe no recess,” his dad, Austin Thurston said. “Going as far as a one-day suspension is a little extreme for a six-year-old in a first-grade class.”
A spokesperson for Harrison School District 2, which Stratton Meadows is a part of, couldn’t give specifics about the case, because it’s part of the student’s personal record. But she said school administrators feel they issued the appropriate disciplinary action.
She also said school staff speaks with students and parents before a suspension, and they consider current as well as previous behaviors.
Elijah has been at the school since January. His dad said while he had minor behavioral incidents in his previous school, this was the first time he got in trouble at Stratton Meadows.
“Of course I think he was playing,” Thurston said. “What six-year-old doesn’t play cops and robbers, or cowboys and Indians?”
“Cops and robbers” and “cowboys and Indians?” That’s so like 1950’s, man. Wake up, this is the 21st century. Boys are supposed to be neutered before they reach K-4.
And not to mention, “cowboys and Indians” is extremely racist. I think the appropriate nomenclature is “privileged white trash and Native Americans,” which is only appropriate to play as long as the Native Americans always win. But not with guns.