A seven-year-old Virginia boy was suspended from school last week for pointing his pencil and saying "bang".

The boy said he was just pretending to be a marine, but the school has a zero tolerance policy. The boy was allowed back to school yesterday.

The boy apologized for the incident, but the school has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to weapons or threats of weapons.

"Enough is enough. I mean, where will we draw the line?" said his father, Paul Marshall. " I mean, a pencil. Was it sharpened? Was it not? Was it a No. 2? What's the big deal?"

The school said that they stand by their policy.

"A pencil is a weapon when it is pointed at someone in a threatening way and gun noises are made," said Bethanne Bradshaw of Suffolk Public Schools.

Are you kidding me?

via Va. Boy Returns to School After Suspension for Pointing Pencil Like Gun | NBC4 Washington.