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Schools queried on strict penalties for students

Parents contend officials overreact

NEW YORK — Waiting in line for the bus, a Pennsylvania kindergartner tells her pals she is going to shoot them with a Hello Kitty toy that makes soap bubbles. In Massachusetts, a 5-year-old boy attending an after-school program makes a gun out of Legos and points it at other students.

Are they children with active imaginations or potential threats to school safety?

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