Article -> http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/1...-threatening-to-shoot-girl-with-pink-toy-gun/ This is almost beyond words. Yes, it's one thing to talk to a student if they're having trouble with others so they don't snap and do something horrible, but we're talking about a KINDERGARTENER here. The school is obviously too eager to throw the book at any student who so much as looks at others funny, and I think this is just one instance where the school system is interpreting rules a bit too strictly. Now it's of my opinion that "school," in a very broad sense, is a place for kids to make mistakes. Don't get me wrong, the manifest function is for kids to learn things academically, but they aren't full adults yet, so schools are more or less a testing ground for all kids to figure out who they are personally and socially until they are mature enough to find their own way. While they figure that all out they are bound to make some mistakes (marking the wrong answer on tests or starting a food fight, etc.), so the school serves a latent function by helping guide them through their difficulties and development. Even simple little norms or retorts kids pick up as they grow can result in lasting behaviors. Unfortunately, the interpretation and extrapolation of that last sentence is something of a double-edged sword in today's world. So, is it possible for a 5 y.o. girl to wish harm on others? Probably in the form of bubbling excessively, or maybe in the ever more violent form of slapping someone (if you somehow got her THAT mad), but as the article points out she probably doesn't even understand what shooting and killing really means at this age. Would she even understand what a "terroristic threat" is? Sure, she could throw a fit, and maybe she could make another kid cry, but honestly who didn't during kindergarten? We were kids and we did stupid, immature things too at some point in our lives, but no where near the level of terrorism. So now in direct conflict with the process of growing up is a school system with a book of words and rules, which it is quite willing to distribute with little consideration for the context in which it is dealt. The school seems to be so afraid of its own population that it must immediately step on any mention of the word "gun" without first looking at who uttered it. I support healthy guidance of good behaviors and nipping bad ones in the bud (how ever you decide to define either of those), but this is really over doing it. What ever happened to a simple sit-down with the teacher after class? I remember that used to scare me senseless back when I was young, so I can't imagine today's kids to have changed much in that regard. A slap on the wrist, so to speak, can go a long way in helping a kid figure out what they did wrong, correct it, and move on. Could you imagine how scarred you'd be at 5 if you had the school administration (and possibly police) searching and questioning you over a "terroristic threat"? I wouldn't be able to think of anything else for weeks to come, that's for sure. TL;DR - Bullshit overreaction by a Pennsylvanian school and a complete lack of a nurturing educational environment. So folks, what are your thoughts?