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Northumberland County girl back in class after bubble gun suspension

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 31, 2013 11:34 AM
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(Mount Carmel) -- A 5-year-old kindergartner is headed back to class in central Pennsylvania after being suspended for comments she made to another girl about a pink toy gun that blows soapy bubbles

Officials say the girl, whose name has not been released, told one of her classmates in the Mount Carmel Area School District she was going to shoot her with a Hello Kitty pink bubble gun machine earlier this month. She was later suspended 10 days, but the discipline was reduced to two.

Attorney Robin Ficker says 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, who represents the family, says the girl will return to class at Mount Carmel Elementary School today

He has said the girl didn't even have the bubble gun with her and has never fired a real gun.

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