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January 20, 2013 - 5:28 pm

A 5-year-old student in central Pennsylvania was suspended from kindergarten for threatening to take out her classmates — with bubbles.

According to The Daily Item of Sunbury, Pa., the kindergarten student was grilled by school officials for three hours without her mother being notified.

More from the report:

The girl was initially kicked out for 10 days in what the school categorized as a “terroristic threat,” according to the kindergartner’s mother and confirmed by the family attorney. That suspension was reduced to two days and labeled as a “threat to harm others.”

Their names are being withheld to protect the girl’s identity.

Mount Carmel Superintendent Bernard Stellar on Thursday declined comment, saying it would be a breach of confidence and that he cannot discuss student discipline issues.

The alleged incident occurred Jan. 10, while the girl was waiting in a school bus line.

The weapon of choice isn’t yet included on President Obama’s gun control agenda: a pink Hello Kitty bubble gun.

“This is a good-natured little girl,” the student’s attorney told the paper. “And this shows how hysterical people who work at schools have become since Sandy Hook.”

The girl’s mother said her 5-year-old was told she could go to prison, and had to undergo psychological testing before being allowed to return to school.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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