(KCEN) -- As we've seen, the tragedy of Newtown is being felt by people far beyond that small Connecticut town and moving them to respond in all kinds of ways.
But for one high school student in California, that emotion led to suspension.
The girl composed a poem about the recent Sandy Hook shootings, writing quote "I understand the killings in Connecticut I know why he pulled the trigger."
A teacher found the poem inside the students personal notebook and handed it over to school officials.
The student's mother Valerie Statham says, "She wasn't threatening herself you know she didn't threaten school she didn't threaten you know she didn't threaten anybody."
School officials say the poem violates their zero tolerance policy toward violence.
The girl's mother says the suspension violates her First Amendment rights.
But it's not over yet, the high school senior still faces possible expulsion.