School suspends child for playing with gun-shaped stick

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A 5-year-old North Carolina girl was suspended from school last week after wielding a stick shaped like a gun during a make-believe game.

Caitlin Miller was disciplined by her Hoke County, North Carolina, school for playing one of her favorite games with her two best friends.

“Chloe was the queen, and Jacqueline was the princess. I was the guard,” Caitlin said.

Caitlin picked up a stick that resembled a gun from the playground and pretended to fire it at an intruder.

Claiming that she posed a threat to other students, Hoke County Schools suspended her for one day.

“Hoke County Schools will not tolerate assaults, threats or harassment from any student. Any student engaging in such behavior will be removed from the classroom or school environment for as long as is necessary to provide a safe and orderly environment for learning,” the school system said.

Caitlin’s mother, Brandy Miller, was upset by the schools actions and said it was difficult to explain the reason for the suspension to her daughter.

“We know why it’s bad. We watch the news, but then I have to tell my kid, ‘You’re not allowed to play like that in school because people do bad things to kids your age,’” Miller said.

Hoke Country Schools stood by its decision.

Caitlin served her suspension and returned to school Tuesday. Miller says that Caitlin was alienated by her friends and teachers because of the incident, and she hopes the school will issue an apology.

H/T: ABC News

 

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