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Paper gun causes special needs student in New York City to be expelled

Asher Palmer "is exactly the type of student" his school "is supposed to be serving," mother says.
By Evan Bleier   |   June 17, 2014 at 8:24 AM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, June 17 (UPI) -- An 8-year-old special needs student has been expelled from a school in Manhattan for threatening other students with a paper gun.

Asher Palmer was kicked out of the Lang School for rolling up a piece of paper and treating it as a gun after a discussion about weapons with his dad, who served in the military during the Kuwait war.

In an email to staff members, Principal Micaela Bracamonte allegedly wrote that the first-year student "had a model for physically aggressive behavior in his immediate family."

Palmer's mother, Melina Spadone, told the New York Post she found that remark "offensive and inappropriate."

According to the school, Palmer threatened to kill a girl in a separate incident

"Asher is exactly the type of student Lang [School] is supposed to be serving. Why they did this doesn't make sense," Spadone said.

The school has recommended that Palmer be home-schooled next year, even though his parents have already paid almost $120,000 in tuition.

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