North Carolina girl, 5, suspended from kindergarten for playing with stick that resembled a gun

North Carolina girl, 5, suspended from kindergarten for playing with stick that resembled a gun
March 29 14:40 2017 Print This Article

An innocent game of “King and Queens” landed a 5-year-old girl in hot water with her North Carolina school.

Brandy Miller was stunned when she received a letter from her daughter Caitlin’s school informing her that the child was going to be suspended for one day.

In the note Hoke County School stated that Caitlin could not return to school until Tuesday, March 28, because she turned a stick into a gun and threatened “to shoot and kill other students.”

Miller told ABC 11 that Caitlin, a kindergartner, was playing a game called “King and Queens” on the playground with two of her friends when she saw the stick on the ground and used it as a prop.
Caitlin explained to the outlet that one of her friend’s was the queen, the other was the princess and she was the guard.

She innocently crafted a weapon to protect the queen, unaware of the consequences.

“One minute she’s playing with her friends, and the next her teachers are dragging her to the principal’s office,” the girl’s mom said. “She’s confused. Nobody’s explaining anything to her.”
The school told the outlet that it stands by suspending Caitlin because it does “not tolerate assaults, threats or harassment from any student.”

Miller said because of school shootings that have happened across the country she understands the policy, but said her daughter was simply using her imagination while playing with friends.

Hoke County School did not return the Daily News’ request for comment.

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