This action is an overreaction on the part of the school. I’d honestly go into the principal’s office and point my fingers at him and see what he does. If the school is worried about firearms, install metal detectors and require clear backpacks like many of the high schools do.
When I was in college I would sub to supplement income. While walking down the hall at a high school, a black student walked up to me, made a shotgun-cocking noise, and got into my face and shouted “BOOM!” I told him he missed. Are we all a bunch of chickens now, scared of each other and our children? Take additional security measures and punish actual crimes.
The story also mentions that another boy rolled up a piece of paper and pretended to use THAT as a firearm (a musket, probably, given the time of year and talk of pilgrims and such in classrooms). Why wasn’t that boy punished too? Use that disparate treatment as grounds to dismiss the entire thing.
From the policy, paraphrased by the boy’s mother:
“Parents need to know if their kid makes a sign with their fingers, then they’re going to have a suspension for threatening with a firearm”
Okay, son, you’re not allowed to motion to anyone. No, don’t even raise your hand, someone might think you’re throwing a hand grenade. I’ll let your teacher know that you’ll simply shout out questions rather than raising your hand. I’ll tell her it’s the best way we can think of to comply with the administrator’s decision.
So I remember being in 4th grade when Metal Gear came out on NES. I often stayed late before walking home (I’d wait for the bullies that waited outside to leave - I was small for my age and often a target) and I’d walk down the halls pretending to plant bombs like Solid Snake did. What do you think they’d do to me today - call the CIA?