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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:43

A 7-year-old boy, who was suspended for two days after playing a game of make-believe with his friend, returned to school on Wednesday.

On Friday, Christopher Marshall, a second grader at Driver Elementary School in Suffolk, Virginia and his classmate were playing with their pencils, pointing them at each other and making machine gun noises when a concerned teacher pulled them into the principals' office.

"I got a call from Christopher's school at 12:30 on Friday," the boy's mother, Wendy Marshall, 34, a stay-at-home mother of five, told Yahoo! Shine. "His teacher told me that Christopher and his friend were playing with pencils, making machine gun and 'bang bang' noises. I asked if they were pointing the pencils at anyone else, if they were angry or hostile, disrupting class, or refused to stop when asked and the teacher said no. I told her that I would speak to Christopher but his teacher said she was under obligation to report them anyway."

Wendy immediately picked up her son from school and when she got there, the principal explained that due to the school's zero tolerance policy against weapons or anything that resembles a weapon, Christopher would be suspended on Monday and Tuesday, allowed to return on Wednesday. Bethanne Bradshaw, a spokesperson for Suffolk Public Schools could not be reached for comment but according to a report from Fox43 she said, "A pencil is a weapon when it is pointed at someone in a threatening way and gun noises are made" and that "Some children would consider it threatening, who are scared about shootings in schools or shootings in the community.

Kids don't think about 'Cowboys and Indians' anymore, they think about drive-by shootings and murders and everything they see on television news every day." According to the Suffolk News-Herald, the school had received hundreds of emails and on one day fielded about 75 phone calls per hour regarding the matter. Bradshaw wrote in an email to the paper that the reaction to the incident was overwhelming. “Opinions were very strong and mean-spirited, and often included abusive language and profanity.”

"I told the principal that Christopher's father is an ex-Marine and he was just emulating his dad," said Wendy. "Apparently the students were told at the beginning of the year that they couldn't pretend that objects were guns—there are only four weeks left in school.

Wendy took her son home and asked him to explain what happened. "He was shaking with fear and didn't understand why he was in trouble," she said. "So we reenacted the scene and I told him that he did nothing wrong."

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:44

Oh my freaking gosh!!! How ignorant can schools get?

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:48

Now kids cannot be kids huh...yea, I love how the world is turning out...

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:49

Im with the school the kid shouldn't be emulating his dad even if he is a solider.... im sure the dad would agree. If I was a soldier and I never will be, I would not want my kid glorifying it, Plus someone could have got hurt with the pencils.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:53

Im with the school the kid shouldn't be emulating his dad even if he is a solider.... im sure the dad would agree. If I was a soldier and I never will be, I would not want my kid glorifying it, Plus someone could have got hurt with the pencils.

I guess your parents taped you up with bubble wrap right?

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:54

Im with the school the kid shouldn't be emulating his dad even if he is a solider.... im sure the dad would agree. If I was a soldier and I never will be, I would not want my kid glorifying it, Plus someone could have got hurt with the pencils.


Ok, I am not sure if you are serious...or trying to be funny here. There was nothing, zero, zip, zilch....wrong with what the kids did. Common sense would of shown this and obviously the school has none. The kid was 7yrs old....its what kids do. If kids cannot be kids and if people cannot think and evaluate the situation properly, then I feel for the future leaders/adults of this world. Its going to get to the point where you cannot say or do anything without getting in to trouble.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:56

nip those serial killers in the bud

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:58

I guess your parents taped you up with bubble wrap right?


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Ok, I am not sure if you are serious...or trying to be funny here. There was nothing, zero, zip, zilch....wrong with what the kids did. Common sense would of shown this and obviously the school has none. The kid was 7yrs old....its what kids do. If kids cannot be kids and if people cannot think and evaluate the situation properly, then I feel for the future leaders/adults of this world. Its going to get to the point where you cannot say or do anything without getting in to trouble.


Nope im serious. No such thing as common sense. I remember our teachers telling us we were forbidden from drawing pictures of guns... yes i'm serious but then I come from a sans gun nation,

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:59

get them while they're young... :rolleyes: This is just the beginning

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:01

Nope im serious. No such thing as common sense. I remember our teachers telling us we were forbidden from drawing pictures of guns... yes i'm serious but then I come from a sans gun nation,


Well, I think it is a sad world we live in where fear and ignorance (the school) controls people and their actions.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:05

Well, I think it is a sad world we live in where fear and ignorance (the school) controls people and their actions.


Ignorance of what? Even with the Dad I still don't approve nor should he.....

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:10

Ignorance of what? Even with the Dad I still don't approve nor should he.....


Ignorance on the school for not being able to evaluate the situation and act accordingly. We are going to disagree no matter what here and I am not going to argue this. All I know is that if a 7 year old points a pencil at me and makes noises, I am not going to be running away and hiding in a corner fearing for my life.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:15

Now kids cannot be kids huh...yea, I love how the world is turning out...

kids can be kids still, just because they can't emulate a gun doesn't mean that's not being a kid.

All I know is that if a 7 year old points a pencil at me and makes noises, I am not going to be running away and hiding in a corner fearing for my life.

No one would run away, its preventive behavior conditioning that is preemptive in nature.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:28

Ignorance of what? Even with the Dad I still don't approve nor should he.....


Maybe the teacher should have taken the boys aside and told them what they did was not allowed in school and please not do that again?

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:30

One last comment...glad the mother of the kid told him he did nothing wrong. I played with toy guns as a kid and went around the neighborhood acting like I was shooting my friends. No want I wanted to shoot someone for real. Probably because I had good parents that taught me right from wrong, real from fiction.

What a different world this is tho...