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Child Suspended For Making Finger Gun At School

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An Ohio boy returned to school after being suspended for making a finger gun, and pointing it at a student's head.

It all started last week at Devonshire Alternative Elementary School. Officials say 10-year-old Nathan Entingh used his finger, pretending it was a gun and then pointed it.

The child has been reportedly having a rough time. Paul Entingh, Nathan's father says the punishment is flat-out unfair. Nathan was suspended for three days last week for his actions.

He says his son is learning a lesson the hard way. He claims the Nathan was just messing around during science.

"He asked his friend to borrow a pencil and when his friend dropped it, my son Nathan was playing around and he did that with his fingers. Pointed it at the kid said, 'boom,'" Entingh said.

When the teacher saw the gesture, it was not perceived as playing, Nathan was kicked out of class. He told reporters that there was nothing malicious about the gesture, and the other student did not feel threatened.

"I could understand a real weapon or look-alike weapon. But fingers?" Entingh said.

Columbus City Schools released this statement, saying in part: "After numerous incidents involving 'play shooting' among several students, the principal warned students these behaviors must immediately stop."

Nathan is described a good kid, and his Paul think three days suspension was not necessary.

"He's never been in trouble in school. He gets pretty good grades," Entingh said.

The principal of the elementary school stands by its policies of not tolerating any form of toy guns.

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