On Friday, five-year-old Caitlin Miller was in school and playing “Kings and Queens” with her classmates during recess. Her job in the game was “to protect the royals.” To do this, Caitlyn found a stick, which was “shaped like a gun,” and made a motion as if she was shooting it. That move got the young girl suspended from school.
The school, located in Hoke County, North Carolina, suspended her for one day after she made a “shooting motion” with a stick that was “shaped like a gun.” The school said Caitlin posed a threat to other students and violated policy 4331.
Caitlin’s mother, Brandy Miller, says the other students and teachers have now alienated Caitlin since her being suspended but the school is standing by the suspension. In a statement they said:
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.
It was just a week ago that 4-year-old Hunter Jackson was suspended for seven days from his pre-school in Illinois for bringing an empty .22 casing to school. It turned out that Hunter had found the casing on his grandfather’s property and thought it would be something cool to share with his school friends. He was suspended for 7 days.