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Second grader suspended over "pencil gun"

1:18 PM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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SUFFOLK, Virginia (WAVY) - A Suffolk, Virginia school suspended a second grader for pointing a pencil at another student and making gun noises.

7-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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