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Kid suspended for pretending finger is gun

(AP) COLUMBUS, Ohio A central Ohio principal says she suspended a 10-year-old boy from school for three days for pretending his finger was a gun and pointing it at another students head.

The boys father says its the adults who are acting childish for suspending the boy from Devonshire Alternative Elementary School in Columbus last week.

The fifth-grader said he was just playing around. But district spokesman Jeff Warner told The Columbus Dispatch that Devonshire Principal Patricia Price has warned students about pretend gun play numerous times this year, and everyone should know the rules by now. He said warnings have been included in three newsletters sent home with kids.

Warner says the boy put his finger to the side of the other students head and pretended to shoot kind of execution style.

The kids were told, If you dont stop doing this type of stuff, there would be consequences, Warner said. Its just been escalating.

The boys father said no one felt threatened. The other student didnt see it happen, but a teacher witnessed it.

I was just playing around, said the fifth-grader, who had never been in trouble before. People play around like this a lot at my school.

Since zero-tolerance policies were adopted following school shootings around the country, Columbus schools have disciplined students for violations including firing a Nerf foam-dart gun at school. A similar policy was cited last year when a Maryland school suspended a 7-year-old boy who had chewed a Pop-Tart into a gun shape.