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Kids being kids or administrators going too far with zero tolerance?

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Five and six year old children are being suspended from school, and their parents say it's because educators are hypersensitive in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.

Parents say school officials have suspended or threatened to suspend students in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts over minor infractions involving a pink bubble blower, a gun made with Lego's, and the index fingers and thumbs of two young boys at an elementary schools in Maryland.

The extent to which the Dec. 14 shootings in Newtown, Conn., might be influencing educators' disciplinary decisions is unclear.

Parents contend administrators are projecting adult fears onto children who pose no threat to anyone.

Though Newtown introduces a new wrinkle to the debate over zero tolerance, a slew of suspensions over perceived threats or weapons infractions renew old questions about the wisdom of its policies.

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