Friday, March 5, 2010

Kindergarten student suspended for making gun with fingers

An Ionia, Michigan 6 year old was suspended from Kindergarten for making a pretend gun with his fingers.

Sadly, I'm not kidding.

Mason Jammer, a kindergarten student at Jefferson Elementary in Ionia, curled his fist into the shape of a gun Wednesday and pointed it at another student, school officials said it was no laughing matter.

They suspended Mason until Friday, saying the behavior made other students uncomfortable, said Erin Jammer, Mason’s mother.

School officials allege Mason had displayed this kind of behavior for several months, despite numerous warnings.

“I do think it’s too harsh for a six-year-old,” said Jammer, who was previously warned that if Mason continued the practice he would be suspended. “He’s six and he just likes to play.”

[The mother said,] “He’s only six and he doesn’t understand any of this.”

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Come on people.

I have a kindergartner in school right now. She just turned 6 in January. Expecting her to understand the ramifications of shaping your hand like a pistol is moronic. She's a small child. She doesn't live in the same world that grown ups do.

Childhood is a time to try new things and learn from the experience -- good or bad. You can't crush the kid because they didn't know that gun violence in public schools is a growing problem.

You want a Zero Tolerance Policy? Fire the School Board, the Principal and the Teacher that Suspended this child. They're the ones who represent the most harm to the student body. Not a 6 year old child.

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