SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) -
The Suffolk School Board says it plans to revisit the system's policy when it comes to weapons. The decision comes on the heels of outrage after two 2nd graders were suspended.
7 year old Christopher Marshall and his classmate were disciplined after school officials say they pointed their pencils at each other as if they were guns. The classmates were suspended from Driver Elementary Monday and Tuesday. School officials say they violated the system's weapons policy.
"I think some mistakes were made," said Suffolk Schools Superintendent Dr. Deran Whitney. "I think things could have been handled differently."
News of the suspensions has sparked outrage nationwide. School officials have received hundreds of emails and phone calls from people wondering when common sense would kick in.
"I saw some positive things," said Paul Marshall. "They do want to discuss this which is good. I saw a couple board members that were still hesitant on the fact."
"I will say that conversations have already begun as far as making certain adminstors recoginze they do have the latitude (to punish) based on age appropriateness."
The board plans to look at the language in the policy. A decision is expected to be made by July.
The Marshalls say they're going to hold the board to it.
"We will be here to make sure that happens one way or the other," Paul Marshall added. "I hope it does."
Marshall is also asking for the suspension to be eased from Christopher's record.
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