A five-year-old girl from Northumberland County, Penn., was labeled a “terrorist threat” and suspended from her kindergarten class after telling a friend about a pink “Hello Kitty” toy bubble gun, The Blaze reported Saturday.
Attorney Robin Ficker did not identify the girl or her parents and said the incident took place on Jan. 10 as she was waiting in line for a school bus.
According to Ficker, the girl allegedly something to the effect of, “I’m going to shoot you and I will shoot myself.” The girl did not have the toy with her and has never shot a real gun in her life, the attorney added.
After speaking with the girl at length without her parents present, the school labeled her a “terrorist threat,” suspended her for 10 days and required her to undergo a psychological evaluation.
“This little girl is the least terroristic person in Pennsylvania,” Ficker said.
Ficker managed to get the girl’s suspension reduced to two days for threatening to harm another student.
Although the “terrorist” label was removed, Ficker said the girl is “branded.”
Ficker said the girl should be offered an apology and her record expunged.
“You can’t make light of what happened to this girl either,” Ficker said. “The incident goes on her permanent school record. She has been branded a troubled person. But she was suspended for her words. She had no gun. She had a bubble-making machine.”
“All I know is what my daughter has told me and she said she was told she could go to jail, which is a very traumatic thing for a 5-year-old to live with,” the girl’s mother said.
WNEP said that area residents were shocked.
“It’s just bubbles. It can’t harm anybody. It’s not hard and won’t puncture anything or harm anybody in any way,” said Kayla Nash of Shamokin.
“It’s only a bubble gun. For a five-year-old. To give them a ten-day suspension. That’s horrible,” added Mount Carmel resident Ray Scott.
“I know they’re trying to I guess ban stuff like that at school but obviously I don’t think bubbles would hurt any child…except get them wet,” said Diane Bressi of Mount Carmel.
“School district solicitor Edward Greco said Friday the allegations are being looked into but neither he nor school officials could discuss disciplinary actions. Greco and Ficker acknowledged they are trying to arrange a meeting next week to discuss the situation,” the Patriot-News reported.
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