A series of scandalous events recently took place at a North Carolina elementary school. Five-year-old Caitlin Miller has been suspended from school after the teachers saw her playing with a stick gun and pretended to shoot her colleagues. Invoking the 4331 policy (student assault, harassment, and threats), the school board has decided to suspend Miss Miller for one day.
As baffling as it would might sound, a 5-year-old girl from North Carolina was recently suspended for one day, after one of the teachers saw her ‘shooting’ some of her colleagues using a gun-shaped stick.
According to Caitlin’s mother, during recess, the little girl and some of her colleagues decided to play a game called “Kings and Queens,” a variation of the time-honored “Cops and Robbers.” As explained by the young student, the purpose of this game is to protect the King and the Queen. Thus, the children are assigned multiple roles – two of them pretend to be the royalties, one or more are the Palace Guards, whose job is to protect the King of the Queen, and there are, of course, the bad guys who try to hurt the royalties.
Caitlin was playing the role of one of the Palace Guards, a job which requires her to carry and to ‘use’ an imaginary weapon. So, the 5-year-old picked up a stick which looked more or less like a gun and started ‘shooting’ or rather making shooting motion towards the bad guys.
One of the teachers saw Caitlin playing Kings and Queens with her colleagues and, of course, noticed her holding something that resembles a gun and pretending to shoot people. Of course, the most sensible thing to do in this case is to notify the school’s board about the girl’s deviant behavior and to have suspended for a day on the account that her gesture violated the school’s 4331 policy regarding any acts that may be constructed as violent towards classmates or faculty members.
Naturally, the elementary school student’s mother reacted and challenged the board’s decision. The woman said that the disciplinary action taken against her daughter is abusive and unnecessary.
Caitlin’s suspension comes only a few weeks after an African-American child carrying a BB gun was shot in broad daylight after a 911 dispatcher told two police officers that an armed individual threatens to shoot people on the street. When will it end?
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