A first-grader in Alabama was suspended after he used his finger as a mock weapon and said “bang bang” while playing with a friend – when school officials forced him to sign a ticket with his clunky name.
Six-year-old Jackson Belcher was forced to sign a Class III violation document for “threatening and intimidation” after he “pointed his fingers at another student” during a light-hearted game of cop-robber-robber at his Jefferson County elementary school had shot.” Alabama.
His father, Jerrod Belcher, said it made him “angry” that his son was essentially “interrogated” before he “confessed” and signed his name.
Belcher said his son was “scared” and “pretty upset” about the interrogation. .
Now the family is considering legal action over the school’s actions, which have humiliated the boy and the family.
Jackson Belcher is a first grade teacher at Bagley Elementary School in Jefferson County, Alabama
The teen was playing a game of “robbers and robbers” with his classmates when he got in trouble for making a finger gun and saying “bang bang.”
The six-year-old had to sign acknowledging his Category III offense for “threats and intimidation”.
The violation that little Jackson was forced to sign amounts to charges of arson, assault, robbery, bomb threats and explosives, said Belcher family attorney M. Reed Marts Fox News.
A Class III violation is considered the most serious violation in the school system and results in students not being able to return to school property until a conference is held to discuss the violation.
The organization Gun Owners of America has threatened legal action if the incident is not expunged from the child’s record.
A letter from the group called for all records of Jackson’s violations, as well as any reports of related disciplinary action, to be removed.
It also called for the existing policies that resulted in the unfair punishment of first graders to be publicly changed to allow age-appropriate gaming for children so that other children are not unfairly punished for innocent games.
The child’s father, Jerrod Belcher, shared his anger on Fox News after his son was questioned by school administrators
Belcher said his son was “scared” and “pretty upset” about the interrogation
Other charges that fall under a Class III offense include arson, assault and making bomb threats – all far more serious crimes than making an innocent fingergun
After the incident, the father spoke Fox News to express his anger.
Belcher asked his son’s teacher to tell him what happened, and she told him that his son and another boy were playing together and using their index fingers as a weapon.
He said the teacher told him “in this climate” and “in this day and age” the school needs to take all incidents very seriously.
Belcher said, “They should have pulled him aside and said, ‘Hey, this isn’t appropriate at school,’ and that should have solved the problem, or they could have called me and I would have taken care of it.”
Belcher’s son returned to school the next day.
Dr. Walter Gonsoulin, superintendent of the Jefferson County School Systemissued a statement saying, “In this particular case, the parent was contacted and based on the initial information we received, took the student home for the remainder of the day.”
“After further review of the circumstances, it was determined that no further action was necessary other than speaking with the student.”
“The student was back in class the next school day. “We stand ready to meet with parents to discuss any remaining concerns.”
The gun rights organization Gun Owners of America (GOA) has taken legal action against the Alabama elementary school in defense of the six-year-old
Erich Pratt, senior vice president of Gun Owners of America, said in a statement: “This incident just shows how deeply rooted the anti-gun mentality is in so many communities, including in red states like Alabama.”
“This was a gross mistreatment of a situation in which children were just being children.”
“I imagine that most men, young and old, who hear about this can remember playing in a similar way in their own youth.”
“We will continue to demand action until a full apology is made and all disciplinary records related to this incident are permanently destroyed.”
The decision by Bagley school staff highlights the situation in America, as leaders fear their community could become the site of the next mass school shooting.
Since 2009, there have been at least 288 school shootings in the United States, including elementary schools in Connecticut and Texas.
In Virginia, another six-year-old was expelled from school after he intentionally shot and critically injured his teacher in his first-grade classroom.
The weapon with which the six-year-old shot her teacher was legally purchased by her mother and brought to school from her parents’ home.
Three weeks ago, a Texas student fired a gun at a school bus carrying 37 passengers on its way to Jefferson Elementary School. No one was injured during the shooting, but the passengers were afraid and the bus driver had to confiscate the teenager’s .25-caliber pistol.