A 5-year-old girl who was a kindergarten in Hoke County was thrown out of school because she “threatened” other students during make believe – with a stick that was shaped like a gun.
Caitlin Miller was playing an imaginary “King and Queen” game with her friends in which she used the stick gun to protect the royals and shoot “intruders”.
“One minute she’s playing with her friends and the next her teachers are dragging her to the principal’s office. She’s confused nobody explained anything to her,” said mom Brandy Miller.
“Hoke County Schools will not tolerate assaults, threats or harassment from any student,” the school policy said. “Any student engaging in such behavior will be removed from the classroom or school environment for as long as is necessary to provide a safe and orderly environment for learning.”
School board said the 5 year old girl violated the school’s zero-tolerance policy by threatening others with the stick.
Miller said explaining everything to the little girl wasn’t easy since all she was intending to do was be imaginitive as what a little kid in kindergarten should be.
The tot had returned to school after the ridiculous suspension but Caitlin’s mom is demanding an apology.
“I just want them to apologize to her and tell her, ‘It’s OK. You can be five and have an imagination,’” Miller said.