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GOP bill would defund schools with rules for playing with imaginary guns

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Texas lawmaker has introduced legislation to block federal funding to schools that enforce rules that punish students for playing with imaginary weapons. 

Many schools call it a zero tolerance policy, and it has had serious effects on young children.  Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) has introduced legislation to block federal funding for schools that enforce rules that punish students for playing with imaginary weapons.

Stockman cites a number of examples in his bill like where a nebraska school for the hearing impaired asked a student to change his name, because his name resembled a gun in sign language. It's a piece of legislation that has a Greenville County Board member speaking out.

"I don't believe we would do something like that in Greenville County, or suspend a kid for playing cops and robbers.  Of course, it was an older student, we would have to address it," said Roger Meek.  

The new legislation would block federal funding to any school that punish kids for incidents using imaginary weapons.  It's a move this board member doesn't see a problem with unless the child is much older.   

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