An Inclusive Litany

5/15/00

When nine-year-old Michael Hagood told one of his fourth-grade classmates at Upper Elementary School in Plainsboro, New Jersey, that he was going to "shoot" another student with a "paper wasp"—a piece of paper launched from a rubber band—the classmate's parents notified the school district, who called the police. Hagood was subsequently suspended from school so that he could be questioned by school officials and undergo a psychological evaluation. "We just wanted to make sure that students were safe," explained a district spokesperson.

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