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Only in America: Punishing a kindergartner for pretending a crayon is a weapon

School officials make a kindergartner sign a self-harm "safety contract" — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

School officials in Alabama made a kindergartner sign a "safety contract" pledging not to harm herself or others after she pointed a crayon at a classmate and said "pew, pew." The child's mother was furious that a minor was forced to sign a contract with adult language. "My child said, 'What is suicide, Mommy?'" said the mother. "This isn't right. She is 5 years old."