Child Suspended for Gun Drawing

Child Suspended for Gun Drawing

Published February 11, 2008

Posted Oct. 22, 2007 - A school in New Jersey suspended a seven-year-old boy for drawing a stick figure holding a gun, shooting another stick figure.

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Kyle Walker, a second grader at Dennis Township Primary School was suspended last week after his drawing was discovered, reports the Press of Atlantic City. The school cites it’s “zero-tolerance” policy for guns as reason for the punishment but some experts think they’re pushing it too far.

“Are they abusing the zero-tolerance” law? I’m sure it’s a judgment call, but when does the law start?” Shirley McDevitt, Walker’s mother, told the newspaper Friday. “What I’m told is it’s the time we live in. Is it the time we live in when a little boy can’t draw a picture?”

The picture shows two stick figures, with one pointing a gun at the other figure. Walker allegedly wrote “Me” above the shooter.

McDevitt says her son gave the picture to another child on the school bus and the child’s parents informed the school about the drawing.

Even though he was suspened, McDevitt chose not to punish him because Walker told her it was a water gun, not a weapon, he drew.

He returned to school last Friday.

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Written by BET-Staff


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