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School lifts suspension of 6-year-old for pretend gunshot

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The 6-year-old suspended for making a pretend gunshot has had his suspension lifted and his record cleared, according to the boy's lawyer.

The Montgomery County first grader was suspended for a day from Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School after making a pretend gun with his hands, pointing it at another student and saying "pow." Attorney Robin Ficker said that school principal Annette Ffolkes sent a letter to the student's parents Jan. 3 saying, "I am going to rescind the suspension and remove the record from [the child's] file."

"The parents and the child are delighted with the result," Ficker said. "This little boy was simply playing and never meant to shoot or hurt anyone."

Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman Dana Tofig said it was policy not to comment on specific student disciplinary matters, adding that suspensions can be reconsidered if raised by a student or family member.

mconnolly@washingtonexaminer.com

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