The father of the boy suspended for drawing says school overreacted
James Herring says that he cannot believe that his 13-year-old son was given two days after the suspension of his North Carolina high school for drawing stick figures holding guns and knives.
A 13-year-old boy in North Carolina was allegedly suspended after he drew a picture of stick figures holding guns and knives.
Roseboro Salemburg Middle School Sampson County suspended the unidentified seventh-grader for two days on the doodle, which depicted a stick figure holding what appeared to be a rifle and another carrying two large knives.
James Herring, the boy’s father was surprised his son was suspended for “just say it.”
“I see a man in a race car souped-up. I see a tower which he built. I see him with his gun, and he is a deer hunter. I see him with a magician, and I see him as a Ninja Turtle … nothing violent,” Herring told WRAL.
A student in North Carolina was suspended for drawing stick figure with gun
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Herring was also a news station that their family does hunt, but what are the weapons used for the sport are locked in.
Dr. Eric Bracy, superintendent of Sampson County Schools, said in a statement to Fox News that “schools are on a heightened alert after the tragic events in Florida, safety is our highest priority,” adding that he is not allowed to discuss individual students.
Roseboro Salemburg Middle School, declined to comment when contacted by Fox News.
Herring told WRAL that his son drew the picture of the deadly mass school shooting in the Park, Florida, which killed 17 people.
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Bracy also told WRAL that the school’s student handbook outlines a variety of reasons for the suspension, explaining that “there are some things that list of possible threats or that kind of stuff.” The penalties are divided into different categories, depending on the severity of the violation, he explained.
While the boy is back in school, according to WRAL, Herring still thinks that the punishment of his son, received for the drawing was unfair.
“When I see that, I see a normal 13-year-old boy. I drew the pictures as these, a other person of his age, drew drawings, such as this one. It is nothing to get expelled from school,” he said.
Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.