Can’t play guns and armies, 7-year olds told

May 31st, 2011 - 6:29 pm ICT by IANS  

London, May 31 (IANS) Two seven-year-old boys in Britain who were playing an army game by making gun shapes with their hands have been told not to do it. Their teachers said it was “threatening”.

Staff at Nathaniel Newton Infants in Nuneaton, Warwicks, told the boys’ parents to reprimand them, The Sun reported Tuesday.

“This is ridiculous. How can you tell a seven-year-old boy he can’t play guns and armies with his friends?” father of one of the boys was quoted as saying.

“We were told to tell our son he cannot play ‘guns’ anymore. The teacher said the boys should be reprimanded for threatening behaviour, which would not be tolerated at the school.”

Tory MP Marcus Jones said: “It is quite apparent the boys would be playing an innocent game.”

“This is political correctness gone mad. When I was that age, that type of game was commonplace and I don’t remember anyone coming to any harm from it,” Jones added.

The school described it as “unacceptable behaviour”, the media report said.

A spokesperson said: “Far from stopping children from playing, we actively encourage it. However, a judgment call has to be made if playing turns into unacceptable behaviour.”

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