School Suspends 6-Year-Old For Pointing Fingers In Shape Of Gun At Classmate

CBS Denver

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Two words and a hand gesture left a 6-year-old student suspended from school.

KRDO-TV reports that Colorado Springs first-grader Elijah ran into trouble after pointing his fingers in the shape of a gun at a fellow classmate and saying, “You’re dead.”

A Stratton Meadows Elementary School administrator spoke with the child after the incident explaining the meaning behind his words and the importance of separating “make-believe” and reality.

“I know they have zero tolerance, but more of a maybe no recess,” his dad, Austin Thurston told KRDO-TV. “Going as far as a one-day suspension is a little extreme for a six-year-old in a first-grade class.”

A spokesperson for Harrison School District 2 said they speak with parents prior to suspensions and that previous behavior is taken into account when assessing these situations.

The boy’s parents say they have spoken with him about guns but they don’t believe…

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