Caitlin Miller and several of her classmates were playing make-believe last week on the playground at McLauchlin Elementary School in North Carolina.
One of her friends was pretending to be a queen and another was pretending to be a princess. Caitlin was their protector. And in order to protect the Royals, she armed herself with a stick that resembled a gun.
Within a matter of minutes, the 5-year-old was snatched up by a teacher and sent to the principal’s office – accused of a heinous offense.
She was promptly suspended for one day for “turning a stick into a gun and threatening to shoot and kill other students.”
Brandy Miller, Caitlin’s mother, tells me she was floored by the punishment.
“The assistant principal told me Caitlin had a stick and she was using it to shoot and kill other students,” she said.