I wrote a couple weeks ago about a 10-year-old who got suspended for three days for pointing his finger “execution style.” 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.
School officials called the boy’s hand a “level 2 lookalike firearm.” For whatever reason, the parents decided not to pull their kid out of this stupid school, so the only other thing they could do is try to fight it. They appealed the school’s suspension decision, but it looks like the school is maintaining their decision, despite public outrage and criticism. Here’s The Blaze:
On Monday, a hearing officer upheld the suspension and also reportedly offered to change the offense to committing a “volatile act,” school district spokesman Jeff Warner told the Columbus Dispatch. The offer was reportedly turned down by the boy’s grandfather, Bill Entingh, who said the family plans to appeal the ruling.
If the appeal is unsuccessful, the family will take the case to court, he said.
Because Bill Entingh is not Nathan’s legal guardian, Warner said the district doesn’t recognize his authority to make those types of decisions.
“I think it’s a huge leap to call a finger a gun and I think it’s terrible to suspend a 10-year-old for three days for playing,” the grandfather told the New York Daily News on Tuesday. “The principal made it look as bad as possible.”
It wasn’t immediately clear where Paul Entingh, the boy’s father, was during the hearing.
I think when parents enroll their kids in government schools, there should be an understanding on the parents’ part that this is the kind of stuff they’ll have to put up with. The only meaningful solution for people in these situations is to pull their kids out of these schools.