Boy Suspended for Making Gun Gesture

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WJZ) –  Debate is raging over whether a 6-year-old Maryland boy should have been suspended from school for pretending to shoot someone with his finger, according to our Maryland CBS affiliate.

Mary Bubala reports school officials say the boy did it to three students at Roscoe Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring.

A gun shooting gesture by 6-year-old Rodney Lynch to fellow students — just days after the Connecticut school shootings — got him suspended.

“I went into my desk and then I got scissors and then I just pretended it was a gun,” Lynch said.

He was sent to the office and the school called his parents about the behavior.  The school warned he could face suspension if it happened again. It did…twice.

“Just pointing her fingers like this. She did the ’pow’ sound and I just went like that. And then I got sent to the office again,” said Lynch.

The last incident involved another first-grader, but both say they were just playing around.

Lynch’s family is appealing the school’s decision to suspend him. It’s on his permanent record.

Click here to read more from our CBS affiliate WGZ.

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