‘Paper Gun’ At School Prompts Suspension Of Philadelphia Girl
A Philadelphia fifth grader was suspended for having a paper gun at school. The little girl maintains she was chastised by staff and ridiculed by her peers. The child also claims that after the piece of paper that kind of resembled a gun was found, she was searched in front of the entire class. Critics who feel the teacher overreacted wonder if the educator was checking for paper bullets in the little girl’s pockets.
Melody Valentin was moved to tears when discussing the paper gun suspension during interviews. The Philadelphia fifth-grader attends Newlin Fell Elementary School. The child’s mother is still waiting on a response from the school over the matter, the New York Daily News notes.
Valentin had this to say during an interview with Fox 29 News:
“He [school official] yelled at me and said I shouldn’t have brought the gun to school and I kept telling him it was a paper gun, but he wouldn’t listen.”
Melody’s mom, Dianna Kelly, wants to know why a school official stood over her child and reportedly stated he should “call the cops” on her. The Newlin Fell Elementary School staffer also allegedly told the little girl she could be arrested.
The upset mother also noted that her daughter is having nightmares that the teacher is chasing her down the street. Melody has also been found in the bathroom crying during the early morning hours.
When detailing the harassment Melody Valentin stated she endured by her classmates, she noted she had been called a murderer. The somewhat gun-shaped paper had been made by her grandpa the day prior. When another student saw the folded piece of paper, he reportedly told school officials that Melody has a paper gun.
Do you think the school overreacted to the paper that resembled a gun?
Schoolgirl searched in Philadelphia for having a gun made of PAPER
- Melody Valentin was caught with the piece of paper by a classmate
- A school staff member allegedly berated her and searched her
- The girl was left shaken by the episode
A mother is furious with her daughter's school after she was punished for taking a 'gun' made out of paper to school.
Dianna Kelly, of south Philadelphia, says staff at D.Newlin Fell School over-reacted when fifth-grader Melody Valentin was noticed taking it out of her pocket by another pupil.
She was scolded in front of the class, threatened with the police being called and even searched with other children watching the whole time, reported Fox 29.
Dianna Kelly says staff at her daughter Melody's school overreacted when she was found with a paper gun
Melody was given the folded piece of paper by her grandfather the day before and claims she only got it out to throw away as she had forgotten it was in her pocket.
A boy saw the crudely-folded piece of paper and called staff.
'He yelled at me and said I shouldn't have brought the gun to school and I kept telling him it was a paper gun but he wouldn't listen,' Melody said.
She added that her classmates had taunted her, calling her a 'murderer'.
Ms Kelly says he daughter was punished so severely she has since been suffering from terrifying dreams.
She said: 'I'm waking up at 3am and my daughter is in the bathroom crying. She's saying "I'm having nightmares, I'm having dreams about him (a school staff member) chasing me down the street".
'Why did he threaten my daughter? Why did he stand over my daughter and tell her that he should call the cops on her. Why did he try to scare her?'
Melody says other children taunted her, calling her a 'murderer' after she was disciplined
The paper gun Melody was admonished for looked very much like this one
The School District of Philadelphia told Fox 29 they were investigating and could not comment on the matter.
In the meantime, Kelly says she doesn't want her daughter at the school and may even place her in another.
Schools in America are currently jittery over security because of the Sandy Hook tragedy, where twenty first-graders and six teachers were killed by gunman Adam Lanza.
A debate has been raging over gun control, with pro-gun lobbyists saying teachers should be armed to deter similar tragedies in the future.
Edited by key2thecup, 23 January 2013 - 02:00 PM.