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Midstate kindergartner labeled a terrorist threat

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 18, 2013 3:07 PM
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(Mount Carmel) -- A Northumberland County family has hired an attorney to fight their 5-year-old daughter's 10-day suspension from kindergarten for telling another girl she was going to shoot her with a bubble gun.

Attorney Robin Ficker says Mount Carmel Area School District officials labeled the girl a "terrorist threat" for the remark made as both girls stood waiting for a school bus on January 10. The girl was referring to a device that shoots out soap bubbles — which she didn't even have with her at the time.

Ficker says the girl has never shot a real gun and "is the least terroristic person in Pennsylvania."

School district solicitor Edward Greco says officials are looking into the incident, but says he and school officials aren't at liberty to discuss disciplinary actions.

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