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Womack said a school official told her that the gun was a weapon and that a girl saw it and reported to the teacher that Tawann had a weapon. That caused the school to suspend the child for a mandatory 10 days.
Since Tawann was suspended on Monday, the first-grader's story has caught the attention of many across the country. Community activists voiced their opinions on the issue.
"The code of conduct, as it stands for this school year, will remain," said Phyllis Budesheim of the Kansas City, Mo., School District.
On Monday, the first grader was suspended for bringing a two-inch plastic squirt toy to school.
Six years old and already on the path to destruction.
A Time Line of Recent Worldwide School Shootings
Fayetteville, Tenn. One student killed in the parking lot at Lincoln County High School three days before he was to graduate. The victim was dating the ex-girlfriend of his killer, 18-year-old honor student Jacob Davis.
May 21, 1998
Springfield, Ore. Two students killed, 22 others wounded in the cafeteria at Thurston High School by 15-year-old Kip Kinkel. Kinkel had been arrested and released a day earlier for bringing a gun to school. His parents were later found dead at home.
June 15, 1998
Richmond, Va. One teacher and one guidance counselor wounded by a 14-year-old boy in the school hallway.
April 20, 1999
Littleton, Colo. 14 students (including killers) and one teacher killed, 23 others wounded at Columbine High School in the nation's deadliest school shooting. Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, had plotted for a year to kill at least 500 and blow up their school. At the end of their hour-long rampage, they turned their guns on themselves.
April 28, 1999
Taber, Alberta, Canada One student killed, one wounded at W. R. Myers High School in first fatal high school shooting in Canada in 20 years. The suspect, a 14-year-old boy, had dropped out of school after he was severely ostracized by his classmates.
May 20, 1999
Conyers, Ga. Six students injured at Heritage High School by Thomas Solomon, 15, who was reportedly depressed after breaking up with his girlfriend.
Nov. 19, 1999
Deming, N.M. Victor Cordova Jr., 12, shot and killed Araceli Tena, 13, in the lobby of Deming Middle School.
Dec. 6, 1999
Fort Gibson, Okla. Four students wounded as Seth Trickey, 13, opened fire with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun at Fort Gibson Middle School.
Dec. 7, 1999
Veghel, Netherlands One teacher and three students wounded by a 17-year-old student.
Feb. 29, 2000
Mount Morris Township, Mich. Six-year-old Kayla Rolland shot dead at Buell Elementary School near Flint, Mich. The assailant was identified as a six-year-old boy with a .32-caliber handgun.
Branneburg, Germany One teacher killed by a 15-year-old student, who then shot himself. The shooter has been in a coma ever since.
March 10, 2000
Savannah, Ga. Two students killed by Darrell Ingram, 19, while leaving a dance sponsored by Beach High School.
May 26, 2000
Lake Worth, Fla. One teacher, Barry Grunow, shot and killed at Lake Worth Middle School by Nate Brazill, 13, with .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol on the last day of classes.
Originally posted by Rasobasi420
Let me tell you my story:
I was a senior in High School, and already an outsider. One of my fellow outcasts, through no fault of his own, ended up talking to a girl who really liked him. He was a sophomore, and the girl was the ex-girlfriend of a member of the football team. He was abusive to her, and most everyone else.
When Eddie (football player) found out Paul (nicknamed scrawny paul) was talking to his ex, he flipped and threatened hi with his life, with the backing of his football chums. I doubt he would have killed him, but he definately wasn't safe from a massive beating.
Paul told me, and, beingthe genius that I was, confronted Eddie and told him to back off or something bad would happen. I had a set of nunchucks that I carried with me, and a genius buddy of mine thought it would be a good idea to clarify what I meant for Eddie.
Big Eddie wassmart enough to know that it would be more damaging to me to tell the powers that be, and have me kicked out, and he was right. I was cought with a weapon in school, and expelled. Believe me, I know that there were much better ways to handle the situation but I smoked a lot of # and wasn't as wise as I am now.
In any event, I was kicked out of school, and had no desire to continue. I was only 2 credits shy, but couldn't care less if I ever got a diploma. Lucky for me one of my teachers cared. He grabbed me one day while I was hanging out on Thayer street (a local hooligan hangout) and told me to meet with him for coffee. When we met, he sat down and said he would meet with me for coffee twice a week, and finish the history and English credits that I needed to graduate. It was more fun than school, and I had more freedom of thought. It made me appreciate learning, and strive for more.