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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hellementary Education Quote: Don't Bring Your Gun Gestures to School

     An Ohio boy was suspended by his school for giving a student the finger--his index finger. Nathan Entingh, 10, was suspended from the Devonishe Alternative Elementary School in Columbus for three days because he made a gun gesture with his hand and said "bang" when he pointed it at a student's head. [By saying "bang," the kid escalated the seriousness of the crime. Taking a loaded hand gesture to school is unacceptable.] "I was just playing around," little Nathan told the Columbus Dispatch. "People play around like this a lot at my school."

     The behavior rankled school officials, who said that they have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to gun-related jokes and actions. [Perhaps they ought to consider a zero-telerance policy when it comes to administrative over-reaction.] Principal Patricia Price warned her students several times that they are not permitted to make any gun jokes or gestures, and has sent home letters to parents….

Irving DeJohn, "Ohio Elementary School Student Suspended For Making Gun Gesture With Finger," New York Daily News, March 4, 2014 

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