Modesto student says gun gestures led to suspension

5:20 PM, Jan 25, 2013   |    comments
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MODESTO, CA - A 17-year-old student from Modesto High School said he was suspended for three days after making gun gestures with his hands and an umbrella.

The high school junior, who didn't want his name released in this story, said two weeks ago he was warned after making gestures with his hand as if he was pulling a trigger.

He said the suspension came this week after holding and pointing an umbrella as if it were a gun. 

"It just seems absurd. I do it out of habit, I don't mean anyone any harm," the student said. "I don't like it when people are in danger, or get hurt."

Modesto schools spokesperson Becky Fortuna said the district can't confirm or deny the suspension, but she did say "if the learning environment is being disrupted, there are consequences for that," including suspensions.

The 17-year-old, who will be sitting at home through next Wednesday, said he was told because of the school shooting in Connecticut, officials have to be strict.

By Tim Daly, tdaly@news10.net

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