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    Yes I did answer it. He broke the rule and the punishment was a suspension. I can argue about changing the rules for imaginary play and I can argue about what I think is a more appropriate punishment. The school dealt with it the way it is written for them to do so.

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    Oh come on, Fox News, it says he "may" be suspended, not that anyone did suspend him.

    I understand the rule, and support it, but I don't think that this (first?) transgression should result in a suspension (and don't think any educator would argue that it should....) Is this kid always blowing up others?

    I don't love guns. I hate the violent culture sometimes perpetuated by guns-- but we have foam Nerf guns and my 5 year old plays with them (and so do our 7 & 9 yo girls....)

    Guns are tools-- but so are shovels and wagons and lots of other things that our kids also have that are "play". I guess we are "guilty" of allowing our kids to play with foam swords, too.
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    LOVELAND, Colo. ? A 2nd grader has been suspended from school in Loveland for a make believe game he was playing.
    7-year-old playing an imaginary game at school gets suspended for real | KDVR.com – Denver News, Weather & Sports from FOX 31 News in Denver, Colorado
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    Yes I did answer it. He broke the rule and the punishment was a suspension. I can argue about changing the rules for imaginary play and I can argue about what I think is a more appropriate punishment. The school dealt with it the way it is written for them to do so.
    Where do you see that? (what is bolded) You must have read a different article than I did. I didn't see anything indicating the prescribed punishment as indicated by the "rule".
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    It sounds to me like they didn't even follow their own rules, unless they consider this a severe occurrance.

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    To insure this Time to Teach Program, we have come up with some ABSOLUTES to make Mary Blair a safe environment.
    The ABSOLUTES for Mary Blair Elementary:
    1. No Physical Abuse or Fights – real or “play fighting”
    2. No weapons (real or play), illegal drugs (including tobacco) or alcohol
    3. No serious disrespect toward people or property (includes, but is not limited: profanity, racial slurs, deliberately refusing to follow a staff directive, graffiti, etc.)

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    • An ABSOLUTE must be witnessed by an adult
    • A student will be placed in the Principal’s office or sent home for the rest of the day if he/she violates an ABSOLUTE. A student will be allowed two non-severe, non-suspension occurrences. The third occurrence will constitute a formal suspension, which could be up to five school days. A conference is always held with the teacher and the principal as to the severity of the consequence.
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    wondering if there is something we are missing some information. A few years ago the school that my kids go to suspended a kid for drawing a gun. The local media was all over it, with the parents saying that there was no way he had ever done something like this before. The school could not comment and as parents we could not comment on behavior we had seen in the class before. I had been in his class, I had seen him threaten other kids, tell them he was going to shoot them etc. The school is bound by privacy rules, the parents can say whatever they want
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    I guess I was assuming this was not a first time offense. If it wasn't then yes they didn't follow their rules. I figured this was not the response for a first time offender.

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    I don't think gun play is acceptable at a school, and that includes pretend grenades. Suspension for a first offense is a little steep, though, unless they determined it to be a "severe" offense. That probably depends on the circumstances, i.e. did he pretend to throw something at nothing in particular & when asked what it was, said, that was a grenade? Or did he tell his classmates that he was going to blow them up & then pretend to throw a grenade at them? IMHO the latter would be "severe" while the former wouldn't.
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    Is an imaginary gun a play gun? IMO no, a play gun is also a physical gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom3girls View Post
    wondering if there is something we are missing some information. A few years ago the school that my kids go to suspended a kid for drawing a gun. The local media was all over it, with the parents saying that there was no way he had ever done something like this before. The school could not comment and as parents we could not comment on behavior we had seen in the class before. I had been in his class, I had seen him threaten other kids, tell them he was going to shoot them etc. The school is bound by privacy rules, the parents can say whatever they want
    My friends son got suspended for pokemon cards saying he brought a weapon to school, don't even have pics of weapons.
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