A 10-year old was suspended from school for three days because he made a gun gesture with his hand while pointing it at another student’s head.
According to his father, Paul Entingh, “He was pointing it at a friend’s head and he said ‘boom.’ The kid didn’t see it. No other kids saw it. But the teacher saw it,” he told CNN. “It wasn’t threatening. It wasn’t hostile. It was a 10-year-old kid playing.”
“I was just playing around,” explained Nathan Entingh, a fifth-grader at Devonshire Alternative Elementary School in a far northern section of the district. “People play around like this a lot at my school.”
Paul Entingh escorted his son Nathan to the principal’s office, where they met with Devonshire Alternative Elementary School Principal Patricia Price.
“She said if it happened again the suspension would be longer, if not permanent,” said Entingh, who also received a letter explaining the reason for Nathan’s suspension as a “level 2 look alike firearm.”
School officials says they have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to gun-related jokes and actions.
Devonshire Principal Patricia Price has warned students about pretend guns numerous times through out this year, and everyone should know the rules by now, district spokesman Jeff Warner said.
“The kids were told, ‘If you don’t stop doing this type of stuff, there would be consequences,’” Warner said. “It’s just been escalating. Warnings have been given to the students for some weeks. We’ve had a problem at this school. The boys have gone around fake shooting and making paper guns at class. It’s inappropriate. She has sent notes to parents for the past three weeks alerting them of the problem.”
The boy’s father, Paul Entingh says the punishment was a bit harsh. “Yeah, he needs to be punished or talked to about it – three days out of school was a little far,” the dad said. “It’s a 10-year-old trying to goof off. He did something he shouldn’t have done at the wrong time.”
Nathan Entingh returned to class on Tuesday, but his father fears that he will have a bulls-eye on his back with his teachers who may be angry that he criticized the decision. “I’m just worried that things will be taken out on him,” he said. “He told me he regrets doing it.”
Nathan told the Dispatch after reflecting on his suspension yesterday: “I was thinking it was dumb.”
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