When rubber bands are banned . . .

A Florida boy was suspended from school for 10 days for wielding a rubber band in class.

Robert Gomez, a seventh-grader at Liberty Middle School, said he picked up a rubber band at school and slipped it on his wrist.

Gomez said when his science teacher demanded the rubber band, the student said he tossed it on her desk.

Of course, it’s possible he shot it on the desk. School officials aren’t talking.

After the incident, Gomez received a 10-day suspension for threatening his teacher with what administrators say was a weapon, Local 6 News reported.

“They said if he would have aimed it a little more and he would have gotten it closer to her face he would have hit her in the eye,” mother Jenette Rojas said.

The boy was charged with a “Level 4 offense,” using an object to threaten or inflict harm. It usually applies to arson, assault and bomb threats, but apparently also includes rubber bands.

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  1. Half Canadian says:

    I remember in my speech class, I was required to do a demonstration. I demonstrated how to create a rubber band gun (using wood, a clothespin, glue and rubber bands). When I finished, I shot the gun so that the rubber band went over my teacher’s head (by about 4-5 feet). It got an evil smile from him and laughs from my classmates.

  2. My older son attends that school. From what we were able to figure out, this particular student has been in trouble before. The level 4 offense may have been a case of “We’re getting tired of your crap. Now knock it off.”

  3. Even if that’s the case, it doesn’t help the administration’s case. They still look like shmucks and the kid looks like a poor, set-upon angel.

    If the kid was a punk they should’ve hung him for hanging offense not a convenient pretext.

  4. Maybe the teacher thinks the kid just missed?