SEATTLE — School administrators are taking the issue of gun violence very seriously, turning to suspensions to enforce their zero-tolerance policies.
In February, a Baltimore, Md., second grader was suspended for chewing a pancake into the shape of a gun and then making a shooting noise.
More recently, district administrators in Pasco suspended a student who was talking about guns, according to the Tri-City Herald. The boy’s father said his son was talking about toy guns that shoot foam arrows. The paper reported the district reversed the suspension after reviewing the facts.
Both instances address a larger issue, how are children processing these events and what lasting impacts do these punishments have on young minds.
Dr. Cora Collette Breuner, a physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital, shares her insight on the topic.