SMQTD: Punishments too harsh for toy guns?

Published On: Apr 18 2014 08:15:39 AM EDT

It's long been a controversial topic: kids getting suspended for bringing toys to school.

The issue is back in the headlines after a high school student was suspended for bringing a squirt gun to class in Lewiston, Maine.

The student was reportedly suspended for 10 days after a yellow squirt gun (pictured above) fell out of his backpack while he was in school.

10 day suspension is the school policy on firearms, real or otherwise.

Many people accused the school superintendent of taking the water gun too serious.

He said he can't comment on the case specifically until the parents sign a release, but called the school policy fair.

Now, he was able to say that while this toy gun in particular looks innocent, it could have been used in a disruptive way, and could have also lead to other students bringing in toy pistols that don't look so benign.

In 2013, a seven-year-old boy was suspended in Maryland after chewing a pop tart into the shape of a handgun.

So today on our Facebook pages we are asking you, what do you think about this most recent situation?

Do you think the school was fair in suspending the student for bringing in a squirt gun?

Go comment right now on our Facebook page and we'll share your comments in the 9 o'clock hour of The Morning Show.


The views expressed below are not those of News4Jax or its affiliated companies. By clicking on "Post," you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and your comment is in compliance with such terms. Readers, please help keep this discussion respectful and on topic by flagging comments that are offensive or inappropriate (hover over the commenter's name and you'll see the flag option appear on right side of that line). And remember, respect goes both ways: Tolerance of others' opinions is important in a free discourse. If you're easily offended by strong opinions, you might skip reading comments entirely.

blog comments powered by Disqus