The child, who attends school in Silver Spring, Maryland, was given a one-day suspension after the incident, which took place a week after the US massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Robin Ficker, the boy’s lawyer, said that the child was suspended after he made a gun with his hands, pointed it at another student and said “pow”.

“What they’re doing is looking at the worst possible interpretation of a young, naive six-year-old,” Mr Ficker said. “This is a little child who can’t form the intent to do anything like that.”