A US girl has been suspended from her kindergarten after reportedly being considered a “terrorist threat” for telling a friend they should shoot each other with bubbles from a pink Hello Kitty bubble gun.
The girl, 5, whose identity has not been released, was last week suspended from Mount Carmel Area Elementary School in Pennsylvania, according to her family’s lawyer, Robin Flicker, ABC News reported.
“I think people know how harmless a bubble is. It doesn’t hurt,” he said.
During her two-day suspension – reduced from 10 days – the girl was made to undergo a psychological evaluation, Mr Flicker said.
The evaluation confirmed she was “normal” and did not pose a threat to her classmates.
But the girl’s family said her record had been tarnished by the suspension, and attempts to get her into another school had been unsuccessful.
They are considering legal action to clear the girl’s record.
Mount Carmel Area Elementary School responded by defending the decision.
“We are confident that much of the information supplied to the media may not be consistent with the facts… The Mount Carmel Area School District takes the well-being and safety of students and staff very seriously,” the school told ABC News.
Author: Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, Approving editor: Mark Worley