8-year-old Fla. boy suspended from school for using his finger as a pretend gun

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, October 1, 2013

A Florida boy was suspended from school last week for violating a school’s zero tolerance gun policy – even though all he did was aim his finger at another kid.

According to CBS Orlando, 8-year-old Jordan Bennett was suspended from Harmony Community School in St. Cloud Friday for pointing his finger at another student as if it was a gun during an innocent game of cops and robbers.

“There was nothing in his hand.  He used his thumb and index finger,” Jordan’s mother, Bonnie Bennett, toldCBS Orlando. “It was a game.  He made no threatening advances or threats to harm anyone. No words were said.”

While Bennett acknowledges that the school was within its rights to punish her son for playing cops and robbers, she believes Harmony Community School went way too far with the one-day suspension.

“They took a child that has never been in trouble before and went to the extreme,” Bennett continued. “A child that has no history of violence is now classified as a violent offender.”

Officials for the Osceola County School District are painting a different story, however, telling CBS Orlando that the boys weren’t just involved in a “simple game.” The rep that talked to the local affiliate couldn’t comment on the specifics of the situation, however they said that after reviewing the entire incident Bennett’s actions appeared to have violated the school’s code of student conduct.

Bennett will continue to fight to have her son’s record expunged, telling ABC Orlando that her son had never been in detention or suspended before and that she hopes that by speaking up it will force the school district it will force administrators to start distinguishing between child’s play and real threats.

“I’m prepared to go to court if I have to because this is wrong. It’s wrong for my son and any other child if they’re faced with the same thing because of a game,” she said.

The boy Jordan Bennett was playing with was also suspended for the day as a result of the incident.

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