Calvert County officials have turned down a request to clear the school record of a sixth-grader who allegedly made a gun gesture at a fellow student, in a case that adds to questions about punishments for imaginary weapons.
Carin Read, mother of the 11-year old at Mill Creek Middle School in Lusby, received a letter by mail Monday from school officials saying they had concluded her son made “a deliberate inappropriate gesture toward another student on the bus.”
Read said the letter, from Molly Gearhart, supervisor of student services, did not address her main concern — that officials had gone “way overboard” to both suspend her son and make the incident part of his school records.
“It had nothing to do with any kind of threats against the other student,” she said.
Calvert officials did not have immediate comment Wednesday. When the family appealed the decision, officials said they could not discuss the case because student discipline matters are protected by confidentiality laws