Student Threatens Classmates With Gun; Authorities Leap to Action
A 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl who told another girl she was going to shoot her
with a pink toy gun that blows soapy bubbles has been suspended from kindergarten.
Her family has hired an attorney to fight the punishment, which initially was 10 days
but was reduced to two.
Attorney Robin Ficker says Mount Carmel Area School District officials labeled
the girl a 'terrorist threat' for the bubble gun remark, made on January 10 as both
girls waited for a school bus.The 5-year-old was deemed a 'terrorist threat' and
suspended for 10 days.
The school then required the girl to have a psychological
evaluation. When the psychologist said she was not a danger to others,
district officials reduced the suspension from ten days to two days.
But the girl still has the incident on her record. Ficker intends to have
this expunged and that the student is offered an apology.
Ficker says the girl didn't even have the bubble gun with her and has
never fired a real gun.