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Second grader suspended from school after pointing pencil & making gun noises

Second grader suspended from school after pointing pencil & making gun noises
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POSTED: Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 7:04am

A Suffolk, Virginia school suspended a second grader for pointing a pencil at another student and making gun noises.

Seven year old Christopher Marshall says he was playing with another student in class Friday, when the teacher at Driver Elementary asked them to stop pointing pencils at each other.

"When I asked him about it, he said, 'Well I was being a Marine and the other guy was being a bad guy,'" said Paul Marshall, the boy's father. "It's as simple as that."

Christopher's father was a Marine for many years. He thinks school leaders overreacted.

"A pencil is a weapon when it is pointed at someone in a threatening way and gun noises are made," said Bethanne Bradshaw, a spokesperson for Suffolk Public Schools.

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