Six-year-old suspended for making gun gesture at school
Was the punishment fair or too far?
- Duration 4:00
- Date Jan 6, 2013
Was the punishment fair or too far?
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Year old Maryland boy is speaking out after being suspended from school for making -- -- gesture with his finger.
Explaining your fingers like this.
And she didn't have -- -- -- when I.
Doesn't Danielle Page and he had been I want my game trip -- -- -- -- does nothing.
Suspension -- now been reversed but questions remain did this school over reactor was extra caution justified.
In the wake of the new -- town elementary school massacre joining us now for a fair and balanced debate is -- singer mommy blogger and author.
And Thomas -- psychotherapist and school counselor.
Thanks both for joining us mr.
I don't think anybody believes that this six year old was planning to massacre anyone with his index finger so isn't it.
Therefore -- hysterical overreaction to punish him for making -- gesture.
But up and have a six year old daughter myself and that was my first inclination is to think -- kidding me they they suspended -- -- over this.
But having worked at a high school for eighteen years in addition to doing private stuff.
Is definitely more layers to this than just to keep pointing his finger in school saying we're gonna suspend -- for.
From what I heard there -- a couple of other incidences that took place before that the -- was talked to the school officials I'm sure there.
Nervous said you have to considering what happened right after -- themselves and they probably over reacted I would say so but -- they the issue had to be addressed somehow and it up -- -- probably could have been a better way of doing that.
-- -- I wonder I cannot not knowing anything about this boy's background or his other behavior but I wonder if the best way to handle it.
Might be to talk -- and educate and these are after all educators and sending home and punishing them might not be the best way to do that yeah there's a difference between discipline and punishment and this was straight punishment.
Discipline -- at least teach the child -- why he shouldn't be doing that.
In fact my son just told me that when using kindergarten.
My whole bunch of his kids' friends ran around shooting guns finger guns at each other and a teacher just discipline them.
And explain why that was wrong.
-- -- -- -- -- If this doesn't teach a lesson that we don't want our kids to learn which is that some adults don't have emotional control I know there were all feeling I include myself in this group emotional after watching.
The aftermath of those -- on massacres.
But shouldn't teachers have full command of their emotions and not be hysterical and not overreact.
-- -- scary kids when they do.
-- what are -- teaching the human beings as well I mean I would I remember sitting at my desk you might at the high schooler or governor heard this I was definitely emotionally overtaken by the it's a very upset by it.
So it it is I think for reaching -- expected teacher to.
Yet -- really -- push aside the emotions of of a situation like this I think that's a lot to ask.
As a human being but on the other hand.
You know it it's a six year old kid.
If this happened a year ago we wouldn't be talking about this right now.
Right -- -- Jensen I wondered do you think there is too much.
As as you put it punishment and not enough discipline in schools in him and can be easy and terrorist upon is the punish a child it takes more work to discipline them.
But listen as a soccer coach -- boys and -- boys will be boys -- need to teach them discipline not punishment and give me the distinction for how you would teach discipline.
Vs how you would punish you need to explain to them why we don't do that why it's bothering the teacher that they are doing that.
And then they re direct their attention to something more positive.
Did you group that was -- but I do agree that one other thing today and I think has been overlooked here.
You know in support of the school administration not supporting suspension don't -- -- on that and you know what one overlooked piece here is.
It is the fact that the school has the -- the obligation protect other kids at the classrooms I'm sure that was something on their mind.
God forbid you wanted to kids was affected by -- Chester and went home.
So it's a damned if you do damned if you don't sort of situation for schools and administrators narrative well I don't I don't think you're damned by declaring essentials index finger not dangerous like that if it.
And we could be -- I hope we live in a country we can just say you know what.
Your index fingers not capable of killing or are we not it's like Jesse James and Brady Bunch with Bobby Brady back about 1960s thank you both us into the conversation at and -- -- coming up the --