The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 18, 2013

Kindergartner suspended for bubble gun remark


Associated Press

MOUNT CARMEL — A central Pennsylvania family has hired an attorney to fight their 5-year-old daughter's 10-day suspension from kindergarten for telling another girl she was going to shoot her with a bubble gun.

Attorney Robin Ficker says Mount Carmel Area School District officials labeled the girl a "terrorist threat" for the remark made as both girls stood waiting for a school bus on Jan. 10. The girl was referring to a device that shoots out soap bubbles — which she didn't even have with her at the time.

Ficker says the girl has never shot a real gun and "is the least terroristic person in Pennsylvania."

School district solicitor Edward Greco tells The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News that officials are looking into the incident, but says he and school officials aren't at liberty to discuss disciplinary actions.