A five-year-old suspended for a day—for a stick.
Five-year-old Caitlin Miller was playing “King and Queen” with her friends at her Hoke County elementary school recently. At some point, Caitlin picked up a stick and used it to “shoot an intruder into the kingdom” in the game she was playing.
That play session ended with her being suspended for violating the school’s policy numbered 4331.
Needless to say, Caitlin’s mother isn’t happy with the explanation given by the school.
“Hoke County Schools will not tolerate assaults, threats or harassment from any student. Any student engaging in such behavior will be removed from the classroom or school environment for as long as is necessary to provide a safe and orderly environment for learning,” the school system told the news station.
Brandy Miller, Caitlin’s mother, is upset because it is a difficult thing to explain to a five-year-old.
“We know why it’s bad,” Miller told the station. “We watch the news, but then I have to tell my kid you’re not allowed to play like that in school because people do bad things to kids your age.”
The news of this incident comes right on the heels of a somewhat similar case in Troy, Illinois, where four-year-old Hunter Jackson was suspended for seven days after he brought a spent .22 shell casing to his preschool.