Two Virginia second-graders were suspended after playing a game of Marine vs. bad guy at school, because one of the boys pretended his pencil was a gun


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Christopher Marshall was the child playing the Marine in the game, because his dad is a retired Marine. The other child was playing the "bad guy." Christopher pointed the pencil at his schoolmate and said, "boom boom."

Bethanne Bradshaw, a Suffolk Public Schools spokesperson, said the scenario could be seen as threatening. "A pencil is a weapon when it's pointed at someone in a threatening way and gun noises are made. Some children would consider it threatening..." she said.

Christopher's father said that he understands the community's sensitivity to gun violence, but that "you also have to bring what used to be called 'common sense' into play."