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January 30, 2013

5-year-old bubbles shooter back in school after meeting

MOUNT CARMEL — The 5-year-old Mount Carmel Elementary School student suspended for telling a friend she was going to shoot her with a bubble gun will be back in class today, the family attorney said Wednesday.

The girl had been suspended initially for 10 days because she told two other girls in a Jan. 10 elementary school bus line that she was going to shoot them and herself with a Hello Kitty bubble gun. The suspension was later reduced to two days and the reason for suspension changed from making a terroristic threat to threatening to harm another student.

Bethesda attorney Robin Ficker drove to Mount Carmel, where he met with fellow defense attorney James Kutz, Mount Carmel Area School District Superintendent Bernard Stellar, solicitor Edward Greco, the girl’s mother and the girl’s aunt for an hour and 45 minutes.

The family — who asked to remain anonymous — sought to have the record expunged and an apology issued.

Ficker said the girl had not been to school since the Jan. 10 incident.

After the meeting he would only say, “We are delighted at the outcome. It was an amicable solution. The girl will be back at school tomorrow. We worked it out, and all issues were resolved.

“I consider the case closed,” Ficker said. “The mom is happy.”

Asked if the district had apologized to the family and the record expunged, he repeated, “We are pleased with the outcome. That’s all I can say.”

But he quickly added, “Do you think I’d be leaving Mount Carmel and going back to Maryland tonight if all the issues weren’t resolved to the family’s satisfaction?”

He described the meeting as very civil.

“The mom was very emotional,” Ficker said. “She is very involved, as you would expect.

“It was my understanding that she just wanted this over with as soon as possible, for the sake of the child.”

Ficker would not comment on whether talk of a possible lawsuit surfaced at the meeting.

Afterwards, the mother said she wanted to “thank everyone who was supportive of us the entire time. My daughter and I greatly appreciate it.”

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