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Milford 5th-Grader Suspended for Pointing Imaginary Lazer Gun


Imaginary lazer gun are dangerous…

A Milford parent is questioning the two-day suspension of his 10-year-old son from Stacy Middle School.  Nickolas Taylor, a fifth-grader, was suspended after pointing an imaginary ray gun – his finger – and mouthing laser sounds in the school’s cafeteria last Friday, said Brian Taylor, Nickolas’ father.  “I think this is very slanderous toward Nickolas and his character,” said Taylor. “It was non-threatening. He’s just a typical boy with an imagination.”  A conduct slip, written by Assistant Principal Noah Collins, lists the offense as a threat.  Collins could not be reached for comment despite numerous phone calls and emails seeking comment – nor could Stacy Principal Nancy Angelini. Superintendent Robert Tremblay also did not return phone calls and emails.  In the school’s 88-page handbook, threats are listed as an offense punishable by detention, suspension, or even expulsion based on the severity.  The level of severity is often at the discretion of the administrator tasked to reprimand the student, said School Committee Chairperson Scott Harrison.


Another major terrorist threat has been neutralized… thanks to the enlightened vigilance of the school officials

Policies against threats and guns have been implemented in the district for decades, he said. The School Committee has made no recent revisions to the policy. Though the handbook explicitly lists toy weapons as items banned from school grounds, there is no clause that specifically addresses imaginary weapons.  In the report provided by Brian Taylor, Collins writes two girls came to him saying that Nickolas cut the lunch line and, when confronted, pointed the imaginary gun at them while mouthing the shooting sounds.  In an interview with the Daily News, Nickolas said he was standing behind the girls and was shooting his imaginary gun in no particular direction.  Nickolas has no history of discipline outside detentions for incomplete school work, said Brian Taylor.  Nickolas has been diagnosed with ADHD and sometimes is disciplined because he is hyperactive and fails to focus, Brian Taylor said.  “He’s confused as to why he got suspended,” said Brian Taylor. “He doesn’t realize he did something wrong.”  On Monday, Taylor said he had a half-hour conversation with Collins but the assistant principal did not lift the suspension. “There’s a complete disconnect between policy and reality,” said Taylor.

[1] Nickolas Taylor, Milford 5th-grader suspended for pointing imaginary gun, Milford Daily News, Nov. 18, 2014 at 10:00 PM
[4] Nickolas Taylor, Milford 5th-grader suspended for pointing imaginary gun, Wicked Local Milford, November 19, 2014
[5] Bill Shaner, Milford School Committee responds to suspension of 5th-grader, The Metro West Daily News, Nov. 20, 2014 at 8:11 PM
[6] Peter Schworm and Travis Andersen, Milford fifth-grader punished over pretend gun, Boston Globe, November 19, 2014
[7] ERIC OWENS, Fifth Grader Suspended For Making Gun With Fingers, Daily Caller, 8:40 AM 11/21/2014
[8] Bill Shaner, Milford: Parent of suspended student opts for home schooling, The Metro West Daily News, Nov. 20, 2014 at 12:01 AM
[12] Family outraged over son’s suspension for finger gun, Austin 360, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
[13] Student suspended for using his finger as an imaginary gun, MyFOXBoston, Nov 19, 2014 12:30 PM

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