SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The Suffolk school board changed its zero tolerance weapons policy, after a student was suspended for pretending his pencil was a gun.
Seven-year old Christopher Marshall told WAVY.com he was impersonating his dad, who is a former marine. The second grader from Driver Elementary School was suspended for two days.
Today his family said they are glad the school board is finally using "common sense," but they are still waiting for an apology.
"The school board could have done the right thing, not just on paper like they did at the meeting last night, but they could have actually apologized, said 'hey you know it's unfortunate that it happened, but we're coming to you to say things will be changed to mitigate the problem in the future,'" said Paul Marshall, the boy's father.
With the new changes to the school's weapons policy, school principals will determine punishment on a case-by-case basis. Factors that will now be considered are the student's age, intentions of harm, and if the weapon in question is listed as a weapon under the revised policy.
Ordinary objects will not be considered weapons.
The school board's vote for the changes was unanimous.
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Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
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