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Post Time:2014-09-21 10:04:28 old suspended for making fingers into shape of gun COLUMBUS, OH Ten year old Nathan Entingh doesn understand why he got suspended from school for three days. According to his father, Paul Entingh, one moment the boy was off with his friends in fifth grade science class, and the next the teacher was taking him out of the classroom, invoking Ohio zero tolerance policy. The offense? Nathan was his fingers look like a gun, having the thumb up and the pointed finger sticking out, said Entingh, describing the February 26 incident. was pointing it at a friend head and he said The kid didn see it. No other kids saw it. But the teacher saw it, he said. wasn threatening. It wasn hostile. It was a 10 year old kid playing. next morning Paul Entingh escorted his son Nathan to the principal office, where they met with Devonshire Alternative Elementary School Principal Patricia Price. said if it happened again the suspension would be longer, if not permanent, said Entingh, who also received a letter explaining the reason for Nathan suspension as a 2 look alike firearm. letter, which Entingh shared with CNN, read, put his fingers up to another student head, simulating a gun, and said, office referred CNN call to Columbus City Schools spokesman Jeff Warner. Price been warning the students for some weeks, said Warner. had a problem at this school. The boys have gone around fake shooting and making paper guns at class. It inappropriate. She has sent notes to parents for the past three weeks alerting them of the problem. don know if it to the point it happened so much they needed to punish somebody to set an example. I don know, it blows my mind, said Entingh. Warner acknowledged there was likely no ill burberry plaid purse intention in Nathan actions. know he (Nathan) felt it was funny and in jest, but the teacher felt it was inappropriate given the warnings that were given. said Nathan wasn singled out as an example, but that his was the first incident after Price gave final notice last week. sense? Ohio rules in public schools came under attack in January when state Sen. Charleta Tavares introduced bill SB 167 to reverse or reform the original 1998 law introduced as part of SB 55. The 1998 bill mandated schools a policy of zero tolerance for violent, disruptive, or inappropriate behavior, including excessive burberry nova check shirt dress truancy. 55 also called for schools to strategies to address such behavior that range from prevention to intervention, but Tavares believes schools have opted for punishment strategies instead. have moved away from common sense, ensuring that the punishment fits the infraction, said Tavares. should maintain the highest form of punishment which is expulsion or suspension to those cases that cause the most harm. Department of Education statistics show Nathan isn alone. According to state disciplinary figures for the 2012 2013 school year, a total of 419 statewide students, from various grade levels, diaper bag burberry sale were suspended because of an incident in the category of look a likes, and an additional 38 students were expelled. In the Columbus City Schools district, where Nathan goes to school, 12 students were expelled because of incidents in the look a likes category, while 69 students were suspended. Contrast that with categories such as harassment and intimidation, in which zero students were expelled, though 1527 were suspended districtwide. Tavares has been trying to build consensus for her bill arguing that the current law is outdated because it doesn take into consideration other factors, such as behavior and mental health. bigger issue is that we need more behavior health and counseling at school so we can look at the root cause of why this child is acting out and being disruptive, said Tavares. Entingh agrees and said he is planning to reach out to Tavares. He has struggled to help Nathan make sense of what happened. much of a threat can it really be for a 10 burberry outlet Latvija year old to hold up his fingers? said a frustrated Entingh. would like for somebody to explain this to me because apparently I don get it. This is way over the boundary. A teacher could have talked to him and sat him down, given him detention, but a three days suspension? is the father of five children, including Nathan, and he says none of them have ever gotten in trouble at school. Until now. When asked what has Nathan learned from this incident, Entingh paused, then scoffed: learned never to make his fingers like a gun a school again. I don know if you consider that a life lesson. Mayra Cuevas

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