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A five-year-old girl has been suspended for playing with a stick that resembled a gun. She was pretending it was a gun for the game she was playing with her friends, called Kings and Queens. She was playing one of the guards, in charge of protecting the “royals.”

The Hoke County School system said Caitlin posed a threat to other students when she made a shooting motion — a violation of school policy, officials said.

“We know why it’s bad,” Miller told WTVD. “We watch the news, but then I have to tell my kid, ‘you’re not allowed to play like that in school because people do bad things to kids your age.'”

The Hoke County School school system defended its policy in a statement and said it would “not tolerate assaults, threats or harassment from any student.”

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