Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


March 4, 2014

Boy suspended from school for making a handgun gesture

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio boy has been suspended by his school for making a handgun gesture.

Nathan Entingh, 10, was suspended from Denvonishe Alternative Elementary School for three days last week after he made a gun gesture with his hand and said “bang” when he pointed it at a student’s head.

“I was just playing around,” Nathan told the Columbus Dispatch. “People play around like this a lot at my school.”

School officials said that they have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to gun-related jokes and actions.

Principal Patricia Price told her students more than once that they are not allowed to make any gun jokes or gestures, and has sent home letters to parents, a district spokesman said.

“The kids were told, ‘If you don’t stop doing this type of stuff, there would be consequences,’” school spokesman Jeff Warner told the Dispatch. “It’s just been escalating.”

Schools are on high alert across the nation regarding any signs of trouble following a spate of school shootings including the horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed 26 lives, according to the New York Daily News.


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