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Published On: Thu, Jan 3rd, 2013

Maryland first-grader suspended for making finger gun at school, saying ‘Pow’

Many would say the Maryland school is being too sensitive or overreacting after suspending a first-grader the week after the Sandy Hook shooting for making a “finger gun” at school.

photo Dennis Skley via Flickr

photo Dennis Skley via Flickr

The boy, a student at Roscoe Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring, was suspended for one day.

The family’s attorney says the 6-year-old was playing with friends, not making threats.

“Evidently, he was pointing his finger at someone and saying, ‘Pow,'” said Robin Ficker, an attorney for the family.

The school system will not comment on individual disciplinary matters. But they did issue a statement detailing their typical procedure with younger students.

“Generally, in an incident involving the behavior of our younger students, we will make sure that the student and his family are well-informed of any behavior that needs to change and understand the consequences if the behavior does not change,” said Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman Dana Tofig in a statement.

The parents met with school officials on Wednesday, but no results from the meeting was made public at this time.

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