A Columbus principal suspended a boy, 10, for three days after the child pointed a ” lookalike firearm” — his finger — at another student in class and pretended to shoot, the Columbus Dispatch reports. “I was just playing around,” said Nathan Entingh, a fifth-grader. “People play around like this a lot at my school.” Other kids have been caught playing pretend gun games on the playground at the school and weren't suspended, he said.
Principal Patricia Price has warned students about pretend gun play numerous times this year, and everyone should know the rules by now, district spokesman Jeff Warner said. Nathan put his finger to the side of the other student's head and pretended to shoot “kind of execution style,” Warner said. “The kids were told, 'If you don't stop doing this type of stuff, there would be consequences,'” Warner said. “It's just been escalating.” Warnings included three newsletters sent home with kids, he said. The boy's father, Paul Entingh, said no one felt threatened, and it's the adults who are acting childish in their response to a 10-year-old's misstep. Since so-called zero-tolerance policies on guns and drugs swept the nation after the Columbine shootings in 1999, Columbus schools have had several similar incidents.