CRIME
06/06/2013 03:07 pm ET

Student Suspended For Talking About Guns, Dad Says

A Maryland dad told a local radio station that his 11-year-old son was suspended for talking about guns on a school bus.

This week, Bruce Henkelman told WMAL that his son was discussing the Sandy Hook shooting on his ride home from Northern Middle School in Owings, Md.

Henkelman said he boy's conversation, which took place last December, prompted the school bus driver to turn the vehicle around and take the boy back to school where he was questioned by principal Darrel Prioleau.

"He said, I wish I had a gun to protect everyone," Henkelman said when asked what his son had talked about on the bus. "He wanted to defeat the bad guys. That's the context of what he said."

The boy was suspended for 10 days, Henkelman said. The boy and his father were also interrogated by a sheriff's deputy regarding the incident, according to Henkelman.

In an email sent to The Huffington Post, Gail Hoerauf-Bennett, spokesperson for Calvert County Schools, said confidentiality laws prevent her from discussing the specific incident.

"It is important to note that our staff members follow the school system’s policies and procedures with the intent of protecting, to the best of our ability, the safety and security of all of our students and staff," Hoerauf-Bennett said.

The incident comes on the heels of a viral story about a 5-year-old boy who was threatened with detention for bringing a LEGO-sized toy gun to school.

The detention was cancelled after the story made national headlines.

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