Suspended for a Finger Gun: Parents of a six-year-old boy are battling their first-grader's one-day suspension from a Silver Spring, Md. school for pointing his finger at a classmate and saying "Pow!"
The boy "had no intention to shoot anyone," attorney Robin Ficker told the Washington Post. Ficker described the child as soft-spoken, with no propensity for violence. "He's skinny and meek. In his words, he was playing."
The child's action, directed at a girl occured Dec. 20 — some six days following the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 children and six school staff members dead.
Ficker claims the Maryland school officials overreacted due to alarm following the Newtown shootings. The parents are seeking to expunge the incident from their son's school record.
A Montgomery school spokesman said in a letter to the Washington Post that the suspension "was not a kneejerk reaction to a single incident" and that the boy had been spoken to earlier about similar behavior.