Teacher Threatens Student with Fake Gun

This column has taken a dim view on schools that take a dim view on the use of imaginary weapons by students.

Among the accounts that have deservedly been ridiculed in this space was one in which administrators in a Pennsylvania school district threatened a 10-year-old with expulsion for shooting a pretend arrow at a classmate.

A story today, reported by West Tennessee ABC affiliate WBBJ, suggests that not all fake weapons attacks are equal.

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This time, the “weapon” — a toy gun — was in the hand of a teacher. The person at whom the gun was pointed was a student in her math class named Lauren Austin. In a moment of exasperation, the teacher, Claire Wilder, pulled the trigger and allegedly said something along the lines of “I wish this was real.”

 

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