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article imageGirl, 5, suspended from school for Hello Kitty 'terrorist' threat

By Brett Wilkins     Jan 19, 2013 in Crime
Mount Carmel - A 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl was suspended from kindergarten after she allegedly threatened to shoot herself and a friend with a pink plastic Hello Kitty bubble gun.
Officials at Mount Carmel Area Elementary School in Mount Carmel labeled the unnamed girl a "terrorist threat" over the January 10 incident, which occurred while she and a friend were waiting in line for a school bus, according to PennLive.
Robin Ficker, an attorney for the girl's parents, said the girl told her friend, "I'm going to shoot you and I will shoot myself" with her Hello Kitty bubble gun, which she didn't even have with her.
School officials then questioned both girls, grilling them for half an hour without their parents present. After the interrogation, the would-be 'shooter' was labeled a "terrorist threat" and suspended for 10 days. The school also ordered the kindergartner to be examined by a psychologist.
"This girl is the least terroristic person in Pennsylvania," Ficker told PennLive.
Ficker asked the school principal to overturn the girl's suspension, but he refused. He did reduce the charge against her from terrorism to "threatening to harm another student." Her suspension was also shortened from 10 to 2 days.
Still, the girl's parents, and Ficker, say that is not enough. They want her record expunged, and they want school officials to apologize.
"She's branded," Ficker said of the child. The incident will be on her permanent record unless the school takes action to remove it.
Community residents reacted to the news with shock.
"It's just bubbles, it can't harm anybody," Kayla Nash of Shamokin told WNEP.
Other parents were far more upset that the girl was interrogated without the presence of her parents.
"I would be very upset about that," Michele Krah of Mount Carmel told WNEP. "They should have called the mother right away. My son is 13. If he got called into the office I would want to know right away."
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