Discussion Topic: Is Arizona School Being Proactive or Paranoid?

Nobody wants school kids packing. Everyone wants school administrators to take seriously any potential threat of violence for the safety of all students. But does a drawing that resembles a gun really call for a 5-day suspension?

_An East Valley eighth-grader was suspended this week after he turned in homework with a sketch that school officials said resembled a gun and posed a threat to his classmates.

But parents of the 13-year-old, who attends Payne Junior High School in the Chandler Unified School District, said the drawing was a harmless doodle of a fake laser, and school officials overreacted.

“I just can’t believe that there wasn’t another way to resolve this,” said Paula Mosteller, the boy’s mother. “He’s so upset. The school made him feel like he committed a crime. They are doing more damage than good.”_

What’s your reaction?