One look at this little girl and her toy reveals the absurdity of this decision…
A five-year-old Colorado girl was suspended for a day after bringing a clear, plastic, bubble-blowing gun to school.
The child, who is a kindergarten student at Southeast Elementary in Brighton, apparently put the toy in her backpack Monday morning.
The girl reportedly took out the “weapon” in the hallway during morning recess.
The school called the girl’s mother, telling her to come pick up her daughter because she was suspended for bringing a “fake gun” to school.
The mom said she understands the school’s motive behind the zero-tolerance policy, but thinks more common sense should have been used in this case.
“If they had contacted me and said, ‘Can you make sure this doesn’t happen again? We just want you to be aware,’ I think that would have been a more appropriate way to handle the situation,” the mother said. “Could we have a warning? It blows bubbles.”
She added that her daughter didn’t deserve such a serious punishment, because it ends her school year on a bad note and will be on her permanent record.
The school released a statement Tuesday:
While we hear and understand the parents of this student being concerned about this discipline in light of the student’s age and type of item, this suspension is consistent with our district policy as well as how Southeast has handled similar situations throughout this school year. This has involved similar situations where students have brought items such as Nerf guns to school and also received one-day suspensions. The bringing of weapons, real or facsimile, to our schools by students can not only create a potential safety concern but also cause a distraction for our students in the learning process. Our schools, particularly Southeast because of past instances with students bringing fake weapons to school, make a point of asking parents to be partners in making sure students are not bringing these items to school. This includes asking parents to check backpacks.