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In a recent incident that has stirred controversy, a six-year-old student at Bagley Elementary School in Alabama was suspended over what his parents argue is an innocent act of childhood play. The boy, J.B., played “cops and robbers” with another student on September 1, 2023. During their playtime, they pretended to use their index fingers and thumbs as imaginary guns, exclaiming “bang-bang.”

This seemingly harmless act led to a surprising consequence: the school labeled it a Class III infraction, the most severe category in the school district’s disciplinary system. Class III infractions typically involve serious offenses such as possession of weapons, sexual battery, or robbery.

J.B.’s father, Jarrod Belcher, expressed his dismay over the situation, asserting that his son’s suspension was an overreaction. He pointed out the discrepancy between the punishment for using finger guns (a Class III infraction) and physical violence like punching another student (a Class II violation).

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After the Belchers complained, the school downgraded the infraction to Class II but maintained the suspension pending a hearing with the parents and the district. They argued that no harm had been done, and J.B. should not face such severe consequences for innocent childhood play.

Gun Owners of America (GOA) and Freeland Martz Attorneys of Oxford, Mississippi, have joined forces to support the Belcher family’s demand for clearing J.B.’s record. GOA’s senior VP, Erich Pratt, criticized the incident, highlighting how it reflects an anti-gun mindset in some communities.

The controversy has drawn attention to whether school disciplinary policies should consider the innocence of children’s play and distinguish it from more serious offenses. The Belcher family and their supporters continue to advocate for a full apology and the permanent destruction of any disciplinary records tied to the incident. This incident serves as a reminder of the ongoing debate about appropriate responses to children’s behavior and the role of zero-tolerance policies in schools.