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10-year-old Ohio boy suspended for pointing finger like gun

Nathan Entingh's pointed finger was apparently a “level 2 lookalike firearm.”
By Evan Bleier   |   March 4, 2014 at 12:27 PM   |   Comments

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 4 (UPI) -- An elementary school principal suspended a 10-year-old boy for three days after the student pointed his finger like it was a gun and pretended to shoot one of his classmates.

“I was just playing around,” fifth-grader Nathan Entingh told the Columbus Dispatch. “People play around like this a lot at my school.”

The suspension letter from Devonshire Alternative Elementary School said that Entingh used a “level 2 lookalike firearm” during the incident.

District spokesman Jeff Warner said Entingh put his “lookalike firearm” against the other student’s head “execution style.”

“The kids were told, ‘If you don’t stop doing this type of stuff, there would be consequences,’” Warner said. “It’s just been escalating.”

Entingh’s father Paul feels that a three-day suspension is unwarranted. “He said he was playing,” Paul said. “It would even make more sense maybe if he brought a plastic gun that looked like a real gun or something, but it was his finger. I would have even been fine with them doing an in-school suspension.”


[The Columbus Dispatch]

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