• School board clears boy, 8, who pointed finger as gun


    OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - An Osceola County mother, whose son was suspended for making a gun gesture with his finger, has won her battle to resolve the matter with school leaders.

    The board cleared 8-year-old Jordan Bennett's record.

    Tuesday night, his mother, Bonnie Bennett, got a chance to speak in front of the school board.

    She planned on giving suggestions to school leaders on how they should handle situations like Bennett's in the future.

    "He's an 8-year-old boy playing a game. In the future, I think first and foremost the parent should be contacted, especially when you are dealing with a child that is 8 years old," she said.

    Bennett also said she believes having her son write a letter of apology would have been more appropriate, and it would have more of an impact.

    In September, Jordan Bennett was suspended from Harmony Community School for a day and labeled as violent and threatening in his school file. After Tuesday night's meeting, the day of suspension has been changed to excused absence.

    Jordan's mother said her son made the gesture while playing with a friend, but not once did he ever verbally or physically threaten anyone.

    "He showed me with his finger and his thumb what he did, and he was playing with another boy," Bennett said of her son.  "So I asked them if he had said anything, did he touch anyone? Did he go after someone? You know, what were the details?"

    But Bennett said details surrounding the incident were only revealed to her when the school day came to an end, and her son was already on his way home from school.

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