On Jan. 10, five-year-old Madison Guarna unwittingly committed a “terroristic threat” while waiting in line for the afternoon school bus.
During a discussion of butterflies, ladybugs and “kitty cats,” the kindergartner told her friends she was going to shoot them and herself with her Hello Kitty bubble gun, which was not in the girl’s possession at the time.
“I’ll shoot you, you shoot me, and we’ll all play together,” said the kindergartner, according to CNN.
A school employee overheard the comment and relayed it to school administrators, who interrogated Guarna the next day for three hours. According to NewsItem.com, Mount Carmel Area Elementary School Principal Susan Nestico determined the kindergartner had made a “terroristic threat” and suspended her for 10 days.
Remarkably, Nestico did not ask local police to frisk or handcuff the girl.
Guarna’s family responded by hiring an attorney who managed to get the suspension reduced to two days and the charge downgraded to a “threat to harm others.” The family also sought an apology from the district and for the suspension to be expunged from Guarna’s permanent record.
Robin Ficker, the family’s attorney, described the girl as “the least terroristic person in Pennsylvania.”
“This is a good-natured little girl,” Ficker told NewsItem.com. “And this shows how hysterical people who work at schools have become since Sandy Hook.”
Ficker’s not alone in noticing the alarming number of school suspensions that have been used to discipline students since last December’s school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
School officials in both “red” and “blue” states are coming down hard on any type of gun-related behavior, real or imagined.