Johnny Jones is a fifth grader at South Eastern Middle School. A few weeks ago, he was walking back to his desk when a friend aimed a folder at him and shot it like a gun. Jones retaliated by pulling back his arm as if releasing an arrow from an invisible bow. Whether either of the imaginary projectiles hit their target is unknown, since neither actually existed.
Still, this act of domestic terrorism was enough to merit a one-day suspension for Jones.
School principal John Horton also called Jones’s parents to inform them of the seriousness of their son’s offense. Because young Johnny had “threatened” another student with a “replica or representation of a firearm,” he was in danger of being expelled, according to The Gilmer Mirror.
[D]efense attorney Jonna Spilbor called the school’s actions ridiculous.
“If we’re going to punish this poor kid for pretending to shoot a bow and arrow, let’s ticket his parents for parking their unicorn in a fire zone,” she said.
The school district did not immediately respond to a request for comment.