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Va. boy suspended for pretending pencil was gun

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SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A Suffolk second grader has been suspended for making gunlike noises while pointing a pencil at another student.

WAVY-TV reports the 7-year-old boy was suspended for two days for a violation of the Suffolk school system's zero-tolerance policy on weapons. He was playing with another student in class Friday at Driver Elementary. He heeded a teacher's order to stop.

The boy's father says he believes school officials overreacted in suspending his son.

Suffolk Public Schools spokeswoman Bethanne Bradshaw says a pencil is considered a weapon when it's pointed at someone in a threatening way and gunlike noises are made.

Bradshaw says some children would consider the incident threatening.

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