Girl, 5, Suspended For Playing with Stick
The infamous stick. The girl pretended it was a gun in a playground game in which she had to protect a king and queen from an intruder. web photo

Here’s another example of adults and school officials being so rule-crazy it can hardly be believed.

A mother in Hoke County, North Carolina is outraged after her 5-year-old daughter was suspended from school, because she pretended a stick was a gun while playing a game on the playground, according to this story from

On Friday, Caitlin Miller’s mom, Brandy, got a call from the principal of the school about a “playground incident.”

Caitlin said she and her two friends were playing an imagination-based game called “King and Queen.” Caitlin was the guard protecting the royals. Fulfilling her role, she picked up an T-shaped stick and imitated shooting an intruder into the King and Queen’s realm, the story says.

School officials decided this action by a small child was serious enough of an incident to break out the trusty zero-tolerance rulebook and start issuing statements and punishments.

From the story:

“Hoke County Schools said Caitlin posed a threat to other students when she made a shooting motion, thus violating policy 4331.

Kristy Jackson, Hunter’s mother, says she doesn’t know if her son will return to the school after his seven-day suspension.

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“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,” the school system states in the story.

The school said that the 5-year-old girl posed a threat to others when she made a shooting motion with the stick, and suspended her for a day, according to the story.

Brandy says Caitlin has been alienated by her friends and teachers as a result of the suspension and wants the school to issue some kind of apology to her daughter.

We recently ran a story about a 4-year-old boy who was suspended from his Illinois preschool for having an empty brass .22 casing in his possession, which he picked up off the ground at his grandfather’s house. His parents were outraged and say their son may not return to the school.