Discussion Topic Update: Another School Boy Suspended for Gun Sketch

Last week, we asked if an East Valley, Arizona, school was being proactive or paranoid when they suspended an eighth-grader who turned in homework with a sketch that school officials said resembled a gun. (see here) Those you who said "paranoid" will sympathize with Stephanie Vardakas, whose son has been suspended from Arizona's Walker Butte K-8 over a drawing that depicts a stick figure pointing what appears to be a gun. "I want his freedom of expression protected," she told The Arizona Republic. "He draws all the time. He's an artist. It was only a doodle-drawing; suspension was just ridiculous." The Vardakas said they are contacting a lawyer to help them fight the school's treatment of their son.