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Little boy makes pretend arrow-shooting gesture, could be expelled

Yet more evidence that schools go to extreme lengths to punish children for even thinking about weapons: A 10-year-old Georgia boy was suspended for a day after he pretended to shoot an entirely imaginary arrow at another student.

Administrators told the boy’s parents that he could even be expelled.

Johnny Jones is a fifth grader at South Eastern Middle School. A few weeks ago, he was walking back to his desk when a friend aimed a folder at him and shot it like a gun. Jones retaliated by pulling back his arm as if releasing an arrow from an invisible bow. Whether either of the imaginary projectiles hit their target is unknown, since neither actually existed.

Still, this act of domestic terrorism was enough to merit a one-day suspension for Jones.

School principal John Horton also called Jones’s parents to inform them of the seriousness of their son’s offense. Because young Johnny had “threatened” another student with a “replica or representation of a firearm,” he was in danger of being expelled, according to The Gilmer Mirror.

The school district’s code of conduct prohibits the use of replica or lookalike weapons.


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