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HOKE COUNTY, N.C. –¬†A mother is angry after 5-year-old daughter was suspended from school for playing with a stick that looked like a gun.

Caitlin Miller, 5, was suspended from her Hoke County, North Carolina school for one day for playing what her moms says is her favorite game with her two best friends.

“Chloe was the queen and Jacqueline was the princess. I was the guard,” Caitlin told WTVD.

Caitlin found a stick on the playground that resembled a gun and pretended to shoot an intruder.

Caitlin’s mother, Brandy Miller, was outraged.

“We know why it’s bad. We watch the news, but then I have to tell my kid, ‘You’re not allowed to play like that in school because people do bad things to kids your age.'”

Hoke Country Schools stands by its decision.

“Any student engaging in such behavior will be removed from the classroom or school environment for as long as is necessary to provide a safe and orderly environment for learning,” the school system¬†said in a statement.

Miller said she wants the school to apologize to her daughter.