The parents of a first grader suspended from school for making a "gun gesture" at another student are hoping their lawyer can get the school to strike the incident from the boy's permanent record.
Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland, gave 6-year-old Rodney Lynch a one-day suspension last month after he was allegedly sent to the principal's office three times in a row for making a "gun gestures" — twice with a pair of scissors and once with his finger.
"What they're doing is looking at the worst possible interpretation of a young, naive 6-year-old,"said Robin Ficker, the Lynch family's attorney. "This is a little child who can't form the intent to do anything like that."
The school disagrees.
"[He] threatened to shoot a student," Assistant Principal Renee Garraway wrote in a letter to Rodney's parents.
Garraway claims a guidance counselor asked Rodney to stop making shooting gestures. "Yet, after meeting with the counselor and assistant principal," the letter continues, "Rodney chose to point his finger at a female classmate and say 'Pow.'"
But to hear Rodney tell his side of the story, the "pow" was uttered by a friend — and he only pointed at the girl after she pointed at him.
"They could have called the mother in. They didn't do that," Ficker said. "Five years from now, when someone in to Montgomery County looks at his permanent record, they're going to see that he threatened to shoot another student."