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Johnny Jones who attends school in Fawn Grove, Pa., was suspended from school for a day after he made an imaginary bow out of his pencil, pulled back an imaginary string and shot his imaginary arrow. That was back in October and now his parents are deciding on whether or not to bring legal action.

Ten-year-old Johnny Jones was disciplined under the school's zero-tolerance weapons policies.  Apparently he asked the teacher for a pencil and while he was walking back to his seat, a classmate  held his folder up like an imaginary gun and "shot" at Johnny. Johnny played along and drew his pencil and imaginary "bow" and "shot" an arrow back. A girl in the class told the teacher who then took both boys into the hall.  

Johnny's mother, Beverly Jones, was contacted and explained the seriousness of using "firearms" as horseplay. The principal got involved and Jones was suspended for a day under the school's strict weapons policy because they deemed his behavior as "making a threat" to another student using a "replica or representation of a firearm".

The parents want the expulsion rescinded and the punishment taken off the boys permanent record. The school district, which is part of the South Eastern School District West, has until Friday to respond before Johnny's parents decide whether to move forward with legal action.

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