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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Bill bans punishment for using toy guns

  • Missouri students could use food, pencils or their hands to imitate a gun without penalty under legislation endorsed by the state House.
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  • Missouri students could use food, pencils or their hands to imitate a gun without penalty under legislation endorsed by the state House.
    The bill HB 1539, advanced Wednesday would shield students from discipline of fines for "simulating a weapon while playing."
    Sponsoring Republican Rep. Mike Kelley, of Lamar, says he was motivated by the Maryland case of a Baltimore second-grader suspended last year for chewing a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun. Opponents say the legislation could allow some students to encourage violence among their peers.
    The measure would allow students to be disciplined for causing bodily harm, disrupting a learning environment or creating a serious threat. It needs one more vote before moving to the Senate.

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