Terror Tots: Girl Suspended for Terroristic Threat in Pointing Finger At Teacher and Saying “Pew, Pew”

Our war on terror has nailed another domestic terrorist in our midst. This one is Taylor Trostle who was found lurking in the Bleyl Middle School in Houston, Texas. Trostle, 13, made her move at the end of math class when she suddenly turned on a teacher pointing her finger at her and said “Pew! Pew!” Thankfully, the teacher survived and Trostle was charged with terroristic threat.

Now, there are going to be some bleeding heart, terrorist-loving liberals who are going to question why an adult teacher, school administrator, police and prosecutors would ever allow such charges to be brought. However, they have not seen videos from Al Qaeda camps where recruits drill in the use of finger guns.

Indeed, Al Qaeda operatives have been spotted in other schools with finger guns, here. Notably, using “Pew” rather than “Pow” indicates the use of a silencer — which is also illegal in all states.

Taylor Trostle’s mother, Kristin Trostle, insisted “I was shocked because it just seems ludicrous and appalling.” Yes, it is appalling to see a terrorist raised in our homeland and taught to use finger weapons. One can only image the arsenal of finger weapons at the Trostle home: arm bazookas, fist grenades, and, yes, thumb plunger bombs.

What is astonishing is that she was suspended for just three days. What will protect the children upon her return? She is known to carry her fingers wherever she goes. In the meantime, how about this courageous seventh grade math teacher who faced a fully loaded index finger? I can only imagine the Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) issues that will follow in the years to come.

We have been following the zero tolerance policies imposed by school officials around the country, here and here and here and here. For prior columns, click here and here.

What concerns me is that such finger weaponry has been displayed in sports events (left) and has been used in finger gun suicides (right).

Yet, these school administrators are likely to be portrayed as total morons who teach children to impose rules without a modicum of judgment or logic. They are the ones on the firing line facing this menace. Here is what they face:

I will remind you that any given child has an arsenal of eight potential finger guns as well as such devices as thumb plunger bombs. In any given school, that is a potential stock of thousands of finger weapons with unlimited ammo. Unless we are going to outfit all teachers with palm shields and make believe body armor, we have to remove these terroristic tots before they organize and attack in mass.

Now, I know I will be hearing from the National Finger Rifle Association and how if finger guns are crimes only criminals will have finger guns. However, videos below show how people often treat these weapons as toys:

For the full story, click here

74 thoughts on “Terror Tots: Girl Suspended for Terroristic Threat in Pointing Finger At Teacher and Saying “Pew, Pew”

  1. Texas this, Texas that …. I’m beginning to believe that Texas is full of …..

    … and to think I married a Texan

  2. What an idiotic, unjust world this is! JUST ONE incident of pointing a finger at someone and the kid gets suspended. How come teachers and school staff didn’t get this riled up when DAILY I was tormented, teased, and physically threatened back in high school, and physically assaulted on the school bus? Why is it okay for kids to bully other kids but when A TEACHER sufferes just ONE incident of a finger pointed in disrespect the bully gets the book thrown at them? If you’re gonna kick kids who point fingers out of school, at least do the same with those who bring knives, clubs and thumb tacks to school to hurt other kids with!!!

  3. “Notably, using “Pew” rather than “Pow” indicates the use of a silencer — which is also illegal in all states.”

    VERY funny, Prof.

    “Yet, these school administrators are likely to be portrayed as total morons who teach children to impose rules without a modicum of judgment or logic.”

    I’ve started to wonder if they are even teaching (or using) critical thinking skills in school anymore.

  4. Some more finger weaponry for the teacher:

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  5. Just don’t let her put her outstretched index fingers one behind the other, and use the word “ack” in rapid succession. We would then have an assault fire-“arm” and be subject to the federal automatic weapons ban.

  6. This digit is loaded and I know how to use it. So just hand over the money and nobody gets hurt.
    Right. I’m just off down the bank.
    See you all at the millionaires club.

  7. ‘“Notably, using “Pew” rather than “Pow” indicates the use of a silencer — which is also illegal in all states.”

    VERY funny, Prof.’

    yes, thank you for the coffee outmynose…..

  8. I can’t believe you people think this is the kind of thing to joke about. You must not be aware of the potential dangers of a loaded finger.

  9. “That was considered a terroristic threat because the teacher feared for her life,” Kristin Trostle said.

    If true, the teacher is either insane or something else is going on. I suspect that the teacher doesn’t like the girl and this is some kind of revenge on the teacher’s part.

  10. “That was considered a terroristic threat because the teacher feared for her life,” Kristin Trostle said.”


    Ah, the high intellectual standards of those who would educate our children, and the emotional maturity … well, that is sterling as well.

  11. I may be one of the few who (at least partially) sides with the school.

    First: can you all really not come up with a scenario in which this was meant as a threat? If that’s the case, is this really that different than if the student had made a throat cutting gesture? Would you all be mocking the school for being afraid of “knife thumbs” if that was the case?

    Second: I’d like to point out that unlike the case Lassie linked, this girl was a teenager, not in first grade.

    Third: The girl’s explanation for her behavior is not persuasive: “I was shooting the markers at the front of the board,” Taylor Trostle said. “It was just like this and I was like ‘pow pow’ and then she just turned around.” If she had a better explanation, she may not have been suspended.

    Fourth: The news story had no comments from either the teacher or the school, so we just have the student’s and her parents’ version of what happened.

    I’m not necessarily claiming the school was in the right in this case, but I don’t think there’s enough facts to mock them for their decision.

  12. “I may be one of the few who (at least partially) sides with the school.


    I’m not necessarily claiming the school was in the right in this case, but I don’t think there’s enough facts to mock them for their decision.”


    What do you support? The hysterical teacher? The crazy decision? The silence of those caught in their foolishness by the press? Or the policy of penalizing kids for being kids in a society that inundates them with violent images in most forms of youth “entertainment?” Obviously, you have no support in your heart for the kid.

  13. Talk about a fundamentalist society – the US gone mad (for a change). As for the right wing loonies who see some value in the decision to suspend the child, I’ll bet they support America’s wars against humanity, unconditionally.

    They should go to one and have their empty head blown off.

  14. James M.

    Although I do understand where your coming from on this, surely a few sharp words along the lines of “Now pack that in girl!” would have been sufficient.

  15. I have a client whose 4th grade son received a detention for a finger-pointing bang bang incident – on the playground no less. It was characterized as a “low risk violent act” for which the school system has zero tolerance. What do you do in such situations? It makes me wonder if I have to get my 10 year old and 8 year old Star Wars nutty kids to stop playing with make believe light sabers.

  16. I was going to write the following:

    “but a 13 year old is old enough to understand the “zero tolerance” hysteria that the adults in the school operate with, so she should have known better…”

    But then I realized that I was basically writing:

    “but a 13 year old is old enough to understand that the hysteria that adults in North Korea operate under would make any vague joke about the Dear Leader problematic…”

    yeah, we’ve gotten ourselves THAT messed up.

  17. Your not entirely alone James M., kids as young as 11, 12, 13, 14 have shot at and killed fellow students and teachers in America. It doesn’t happen often, it’s the great exception to the rule but I’d look twice at a 13 year old kid that made that kind of motion to a teacher or fellow student.


    13 year old kids may have poor impulse control but they’re not stupid or tots. I wonder if the student was having trouble in math, or some other kind of trouble because a gesture like that to a teacher may be a play for attention.

  18. It’s all a matter of the context in which this happened. If kids really were just playing, there shouldn’t have been any punishment and the student is getting screwed by the system. I just wanted to point out that someone really could make a threat by “pointing a finger and saying ‘pew pew'” — it’s not an inherently ridiculous charge for a teenager, the way it is for someone in elementary school.

  19. Only liberals/progressives/and leftists are guilty of these sorts of persecutions. This is because they are mentally disturbed.

  20. Another reason why we should let Texas secede from the Union. This is a monumental over reaction by the teacher and the school. But, what do you expect from Texas?

  21. i only have two questions, one did she cock her thumb back. if she didn’t then her finger couldn’t have gone off, finger guns being single action only. two, did she follow up with an f-bomb.

    i’m just glad my school days are over

  22. No, sorry. Anyone supporting the schools in this is a complete idiot. The entire zero-tolerance concept is as brain-dead of a idea as political correctness & “hate” crimes.

    Just one more example of why the government schools should be shut down.

  23. 1. Some commenters have correctly noted that we’re getting only one side of the story. However, click through to the news report and you’ll see that the school and the teacher refused to be interviewed.

    2. According to her mother as quoted in the news report, the kid is on the honor roll.

    3. According to the student, the teacher accidentally turned around while she was pretending to shoot at the blackboard. The teacher’s complaint form says the gun was pointed “in my direction”, not “at me”.

    4. Look at the complaint form. The teacher does not manage to confine her writing within the lines provided.

    5. As Jonathan Turley notes, maybe the teacher was traumatized because of the finger pointed in her direction and therefore had difficulty writing.
    Having said the above, I’ll add that the kind of horseplay the report describes seems inappropriate during school hours in front of a teacher. The school’s overreaction is ridiculous in this case, but I’ve read about other situations in which parents sided with their disorderly child when the school tried to apply legitimate discipline. Where has America’s common sense gone?

  24. That makes me worry about the “teachers” and the others involved in charging this child. Are they really that stupid?! I wouldn’t want my child near any one of those idiots. Maybe she should have used the middle finger! lol

  25. Joe Lieberman and I agree that she should be stripped of her citizenship and locked away indefinitely. We must protect our freedom!

  26. Now, if the child in question pointed her finger gun at the teacher and said, rather than implied, that I want to kill you, what action on the part of the school would be justified?

    If she thereafter changed fingers to the middle one and pointed it at a policeman or woman, I wonder what would happen.

    Frankly, we put too much meaning into gestures and words.

    Indeed, if she were stalking you with her finger, perhaps a restraining order would be needed.

    Finally, I will point out the most egregious computerized finger gesture of all time that society tolerates without question. I am referring to the digital rectal exam. I personally feel this should be grounds for assault and all proctologists should be prosecuted.

  27. Damn, what is this world coming to? This young terrorist should have had that finger chopped off lest she engages in more “finger warfare?” Let us stop this terror before someone goes further and eradiucates the whole worl by “putting a foot in it!”

  28. How many school shooting have we had within the past few years? I would think a lot. Most of you have probably never worked in the profession, and therefore do not understand what it’s like to be in a room with 30 students who are hormonal and some who do not know the difference between right and wrong let alone the lock downs, bomb threats, etc. that schools are threatened with everyday. It’s a little insensitive to assume the teacher over reacted. How about a little sympathy to an educator and woman who doesnt want to see her life go down as others have before.

  29. Objectively, this feels like an overreaction for sure. But like previous comments pointed out, it all depends on the context in which it happened. Pointing a “finger-gun” at someone and saying “pew pew” can definately be interpreted as a threat.

    As for my personal opinion, I’m kinda giggling at this. There are many stories out there of teachers being accused of sexual harassment or bullying students. How serious are those accusations taken? Very seriously… and when the accusation ends up being a bunch of lies and the teacher is free to go back to work, there always remain a doubt and the teacher’s reputation is tainted forever. So this feels like a nice pay back. But again, not sure how successful it was since the teacher is the one getting bashed again… Who in their right mind would like to be a teacher nowaday?


    P.S. I’m not a teacher. It was a career choice at some point but I changed my mind. In fact, anything that involves public relations seems to be a very bad choice nowaday. Respect is almost non-existent. I’ve seen parents yell at teachers because their kid failed an exam and that he should pass because he worked hard on this. WTF???

  30. This exact thing happened at my old high school a few years back. The only difference was that a teacher did it to a student. Instead of the teacher being suspended he was actually fired. Crazy stuff.

  31. This is the funniest spin I’ve seen since the onion. You sir are now on my list of sites to read daily.

  32. I think this was over exadurated. Punishing someone for pointing a finger. When happenings have took place of school shooting it has mostly been because these people have been bullied so instead of punishing fingers punish them bullies.

  33. sorry, I gotta go with the teacher on this one. and saying things like “terrorist loving liberals” doesn’t exactly help with your credibility.

  34. Hey, That is no thing to be joking around about… I’m in school daily getting shot by finger weapons. They hurt so damn bad and I don’t think I can take it anymore. I have tried everything… Gloves, Mittens… Nothing will make them stop. The pain is just so unbearable and cannot be tolerated…


    Oh, By the way, I’m a Junior in high school…

  35. Notably, using “Pew” rather than “Pow” indicates the use of a silencer — which is also illegal in all states.
    Silencers are not illegal in all states. Pay the required $200 tax to the Federal government and fill out ATF form 4 and you too can own a silencer.

    Good post otherwise.:)

  36. If someone ever points their finger at you then point your palm at them and pretend your Iron Man then you’ll cause more harm than their wait what’s the ammo for finger guns? their finger nail? ok so then point your palm at them and pretend your Iron Man then you’ll cause more damage than their nail. but then wouldn’t it be considered a nail gun?

  37. She was a child being instructed by a teacher. If the child misbehaved, it is ultimately the teacher’s failing. A teacher pressing criminal charges against their own student is tantamount to the teacher admitting abject failure. They should quit teaching.

    The police that were called should not have responded to the teacher’s request to arrest or cite the child. I have been in several situations where the police have refused to cite based on a citizen’s complaint. Let’s hope a judge throws this out at preliminary hearing or the DA drops it before.

  38. So much hilarious reasoning. With all the school shootings these days, it’s hard for me to believe that stressed out teachers aren’t afforded SOME sort of reaction. And yes, the reaction does look absurd from the outside (and it does)… but absurdity is also a twelve-year old coming to class with a loaded weapon and revenge list.

    Let’s not be so simple in our reasoning.

    Besides, aren’t we readying children for the eventual police state, anyway? Aerial drones are being introduced to this country and parks departments have SWAT teams. And offering the same “pew pew” gesture to a police officer carries with it a heftier penalty.

    No, you aren’t as correct as you think. And most of you scoffers are partially-responsible for the status quo, anyway. So feel superior, laugh at it all, and accept that it will only get worse.

  39. I love these stories. At my high school in 2002, a teacher of one of the “smart” classes pulled out a real gun, aimed it at a student, and said “bang, bang” and guess what happened? After a ton of complaints from students and parents, the principal asked the teacher if it was true. She said no, and that was that.

    Even though that should be the extreme case when imagining if the shoe was on the other foot, imagine the lesser case. If a teacher brings a toy solider with a gun to school, if a teacher has a picture of a gun on a notepad, if a teacher makes a gun symbol with their hand. What will happen? *Maybe* a slap on the wrist. The school system’s treatment of this stuff is disgusting.

  40. Finely, a genuine terrorist was arrested…

    Source Our war on terror has nailed another domestic terrorist in our midst. This one is Taylor Trostle who was found lurking in the Bleyl Middle School in Houston, Texas. Trostle, 13, made her move at the end of math class when she suddenly turned on…

  41. 1) “terroristic threats” is a stupid over-the-top term
    2) teacher “fearing for her life” is overly-dramatic.
    3) “suspension” seems excessive

    HOWEVER, I think this kid was intentionally playing head games and being disrespectful. I think the little girl is lying through her teeth (probably coached by her mother) in saying that she was pretending to shoot at the markers on the board. I find it highly likely that, because she said “pew pew” rather than “pow pow” that she was mocking Clint Eastwood from the movie “Gran Torino”…….that she very much intended to be menacing. Lastly, I don’t think that there would be all this “outrage” if it were a middle school boy so there is a sexism/brainwashed chivalry aspect about that.

  42. The onomatopoetic “Pew, Pew” is obviously representative of a laser gun, such as that from science FICTION movies.

    If the student had meant it as a REAL threat, she surely would have made a more harsh, guttural sound. Something to represent, say, a Glock 23 or an XD45.

    Whoah!! Then she REALLY would have been in trouble!

  43. Yes, “PEW PEW” actually denotes a lazer gun. However, it may also denote bullets ricocheting. I retired my finger guns a long time ago though so i may be mistaken.

  44. As Taylor Trostle’s real father (Kristin and her new fiance Kyle are the ones quoted, not me.) Please allow me to weigh in. As far as I know Taylor has never even held a gun. The “PEW, PEW” business comes from a female comic we saw on Comedy Central. This particular comic was demonstrating just how badly she imitated the sound of a gun when she was a child. I probably laughed a bit too much at that and it struck a chord with Taylor.

    There are two sides to every story and the school and teacher in question were given ample time and opportunity to tell their side. I know my ex-wife can be a bit confrontational and perhaps
    she rubbed the school or the teacher the wrong way. Still that’s no excuse. The Teacher feared for her life? Puuuh-leeze!!

    Is she dangerous? No! Perhaps the middle name I saddled her with gave everyone some problems. Her full name is Taylor Rebel Trostle. Before you think I’m some southern racist who is waiting for the south to rise again, it is the name of my high school mascot. The Westbury Rebels. At the time I thought it was cute. In retrospect…maybe not so much! This ridiculous situation appears to filled with stubborn people bent on a playing a game of tug-o-war with my child caught in the middle.

    Perhaps Taylor shouldn’t have been playing around at the end of math class, but labeling her a terrorist for life. Pardon the pun..but it’s OVERKILL!

  45. Your comments were hysterical..finger gun suicides, arm bombs! it reflects the absolute silliness of the entire thing. But also how real and how quickly this country is bowing to the perceived threat of terrorism fed to them by the media.It is a good thing the teacher wasn’t gay, the kid would have been jailed for hate crimes
    Yes the threat is real and has been, but incidents like this are just one in thousands playing out all over this amoral country.

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