School Meeting for First-Grader Suspended for Pointing Finger Like Gun

Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013  |  Updated 1:18 PM EDT
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Montgomery Co. Student Suspended For 'Gun' Gesture

A six-year-old student in Silver Spring is in trouble for reportedly pointing his fingers in the shape of a gun at school -- raising questions whether the punishment fits the alleged crime.
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A Maryland first-grader has been suspended for pointing his fingers like a gun at school.

The boy, a student at Roscoe Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring, was suspended for one day. The incident happened a week after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The family's attorney says the 6-year-old was playing with friends, not making threats.

"Evidently, he was pointing his finger at someone and saying, 'Pow,'" said Robin Ficker, an attorney for the family.

The boy's parents are scheduled to meet with school officials today.

The school system will not comment on individual disciplinary matters. But they did issue a statement detailing their typical procedure with younger students.

"Generally, in an incident involving the behavior of our younger students, we will make sure that the student and his family are well-informed of any behavior that needs to change and understand the consequences if the behavior does not change," said Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman Dana Tofig in a statement.

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