US Marine’s little boy suspended for pretending pencil was a gun

While a lot of parents laud public schools for adapting a “zero tolerance policy” when it comes to violence, it’s beginning to look more like a zero tolerance for good old fashioned common sense.

The latest example of this happened this week in Suffolk, Va., where a second grader was suspended for pointing a pencil at another student and making gun noises.

Seven-year-old Christopher Marshall says he was playing with another student in class Friday, according to the local Fox affiliate, when his teacher asked them to stop pointing pencils at each other.

When his father, Paul Marshall, a Marine for many years, asked him about the incident, Christopher said, ‘Well I was being a Marine and the other guy was being a bad guy.'”


Or, yet another case of little boys playing good guy, bad guy… a phenomenon that dates back to the Garden of Eden.

But don’t tell that to Suffolk Public Schools spokesperson Bethanne Bradshaw, who thinks otherwise: “Kids don’t think about ‘Cowboys and Indians’ anymore, they think about drive-by shootings and murders and everything they see on television news every day.”

“A pencil is a weapon when it is pointed at someone in a threatening way and gun noises are made,” Bradshaw told Fox 43 TV.

So add a pencil to a Pop Tart, should a teacher believe it was bitten into the shape of a gun, as items that can get your children suspended from school.

As for little Christopher, at least he’s getting off easy, as suspensions for his “offense” can last up to 10 days and he will only be home for two.

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Tom Tillison

Tom Tillison

Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review.
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7 thoughts on “US Marine’s little boy suspended for pretending pencil was a gun

  1. David D. says:

    As I've said before, it's a matter of time before the State of Florida will be removed from text books because let's face it, it looks even more like a pistol than a pop tart with a bite mark; and just forget about the number 7 or the letter L. Good grief.

    1. are you kidding me says:

      It's funny you say that. I have a boy in a Florida school. There is a boy in his class that in the past 5 day has thrown 3 pencil boxed, binders, and turned over his chair in fits of anger. Administrations attitude is there are only a few days left in school and we do not want to label the child. One of the boxes hit a kid. I love how we pick and choose what rules apply.

  2. Sam Page says:

    Bethanne Bradshaw:

    Calling you stupid would be an insult to all the stupid people.

    Are you brain-dead?

    Grasp your ears firmly and remove your head from your ass.

    What are you, the Mozart of stupid?

    ► Congratulations, Bethanne. You're an idiot.

  3. pat says:

    I can think of a real good place to put that pencil and believe me, that will be violent.

  4. chris says:

    people are pathetic. he shouldn't have gotten in trouble unless he tried to stab the other kid

  5. james says:

    thats not an assault pencil, it doesnt have a flash suppressor

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