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FAWN GROVE, Pa. (WHTM) -

A civil rights group says the South Eastern School District has agreed to lift the suspension of a 10-year-old boy who shot an imaginary arrow at a classmate last year.

The Virginia-based Rutherford Institute said school officials agreed to remove the one-day, suspension from the South Eastern Middle School fifth grader's permanent record after a meeting with the boy's mother that was arranged by attorneys on both sides.

The boy on Oct. 14 had walked to his teacher's desk to borrow a pencil when a classmate held his folder like an imaginary gun and pretended to shoot. The boy pretended to fire back, using his hands as an imaginary bow and arrow, as he returned to his seat.

The boy's mother was told that her son's behavior was a serious offense that could result in his expulsion under the district's zero-tolerance weapons policy, according to the civil rights group.

A Rutherford Institute spokesman said the punishment was a misguided application of the zero-tolerance policy, and could have ended up on the boy's record as a weapons offense that would have followed him for the rest of his life.

The group had threatened legal action against the district if the suspension was not removed.

 

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