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By Alex Allen     May 8, 2013 in Politics
Suffolk - Two second graders in Virginia have been suspended after they made shooting noises and pointed their pencils at each other.
In an act that a parent is calling an overreaction, an elementary school in Suffolk, Virginia has decided to suspend two second grade students for what the school says was a "violation of the school's zero tolerance policy on weapons."
A spokeswoman for the school district said the system's current "zero-tolerance" policy on weapons has been in place for two years and prohibits students drawing pictures of guns as well as pointing fingers at one another in a "threatening manor."
This is not the first incident of a similar nature that has occurred recently. School systems across the nation have been getting increasingly strict with their policies on guns. Digital Journalist Alex Allen recently wrote an op-ed piece which criticized the "growing paranoia" over guns in America. The piece started off with a bit of satire but cited several recent events at public schools that reflect the constantly growing "war on guns" in the American public school system. Some of these events include lock-downs over toy Nerf guns at Bronx school and Elmont Memorial High School, a five year old being suspended over a pink Hello Kitty bubble gun, and a school that offered counseling to students who were upset by a seven year old who shaped his toaster pastry into a gun.
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