The father of a second grader from Suffolk, Virginia, who was suspended for making "gun noises" while pointing a pencil at another student says the school's zero tolerance policy on weapons lacks common sense.
But Bethanne Bradshaw, Suffolk Public Schools spokesperson, said other students might find the 7-year-old's pencil gun threatening, given recent school shootings.
"A pencil is a weapon when it is pointed at someone in a threatening way and gun noises are made," Bradshaw said. "Kids don't think about 'Cowboys and Indians' anymore, they think about drive-by shootings and murders and everything they see on television news every day."
Christopher is far from the first victim of zero tolerance policies gone too far.
Back in January, a first grader from Maryland was suspended for pointing a "gun gesture" at another student. More recently, a 7-year-old, also from Maryland, was suspended for — allegedly — eating his pop tart into the shape of a weapon.