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Published On: Mon, Mar 11th, 2013

Maryland State Senator proposes finger gun bill to protest students’ freedom to go ‘Pow’

It may have seemed insane a few months ago, but after a Maryland elementary student was suspended for making a “finger gun” and going “Pow” a bill may be needed to protect the freedoms for the children.

State Senator J.B. Jennings says he does not intend for this bill to be a part of the growing gun debate in Maryland, but he does say he wants it to bring some common sense discipline to state schools.

photo Dennis Skley via Flickr

photo Dennis Skley via Flickr

Back in January, 6-year-old Rodney Lynch received the same punishment for forming his fingers in the shape of a gun. Montgomery County school leaders sent Lynch home for two days.

“These kids are 6 or 7 years old. They don’t understand what they’re doing,” said Sen. J.B. Jennings.

Jennings says zero tolerance rules on school campuses are going too far, so he wrote a bill. It bans school leaders from suspending students who make the shape of a gun with their fingers or food, or students who draw a gun on a piece of paper.

Also nicknamed the ‘toaster pastry’ gun bill after a child chewed a Pop Tart into the shape of a mountain….er, gun and was suspended — more here

Jennings’ bill, officially known as Senate Bill 1058, would provide straightforward guidelines on what is and what is not acceptable when handling matters that amount to “children being children.”

The bill would also keep those punishments out of the students permanent record and give parents the right to appeal those suspensions.

If Jenning’s bill becomes law, educators who violate the law will face counseling. Those who violate the law multiple times can face a month of administrative leave or termination by the county board.

Jennings said he expects opposition from educators, but the point for him is to make a change.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco is the Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reporting, insights and interviews for the Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and West Virginia regions. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at theglobaldispatch@gmail ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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