CRIME

Jordan Bennett Suspended From School For Pretend Finger Gun

10/01/2013 10:54 am ET | Updated Oct 01, 2013

A child playing cops and robbers at school was suspended for the day after using his finger as a pretend gun.

Jordan Bennett, an 8-year-old Florida boy, spent the day playing video games with his older brother after his school suspended him for the day, WFTV reported.

Bennett allegedly pointed his finger like a gun and said "pow pow," prompting the school to suspend him.

His mother, Bonnie Bennett, said she's worried her son will be labeled as violent with the suspension now on his record.

"He didn't threaten violence. He didn't utter words that were inappropriate. He made a sound and used his fingers and that was it," the boy's mother said.

The school considered it an act of violence, though the school's code of conduct does not say anything about prohibiting students from pointing their fingers like a gun and saying "pow pow."

On the boy's suspension report, a member of the faculty wrote that Bennett was suspended strictly for "pointing and shooting invisible guns."

"If he would have written an essay about why it was inappropriate, what he did, that would have made more of an impact," Bonnie Bennett said. "I absolutely think he should be in school."

The school district told WFTV that, due to student confidentiality, they cannot comment on individual cases.

Last week, two Virginia middle schoolers were suspended and now face expulsion for playing with air soft guns at one of the boys' house. School administrators said they were playing with the guns near the bus stop.

This past Thursday, a 12-year-old Rhode Island boy was suspended from school after a small keychain shaped like a gun fell out of his backpack. Joseph Lyssikatos was suspended for three days after he bought the keychain at an arcade for 25 tickets. The boy's mother said he also wouldn't be allowed to go on a class field trip at the end of the month.

"I'm in advanced math so I'm going to have to redo all the homework I'm going to miss for advanced math," the boy said.

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