5-year-old suspended, interrogated over cap gun until he wets his pants

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You have all read the stories of the hysterical overreaction by schools to toy guns, but this recent story is highly disturbing in the severity of the punishment given to a 5-year-old Maryland boy over a cap gun.

A little Calvert County kindergartner brought an orange-tipped, “cowboy-style cap gun” on the bus to show his friend, and what ensued was a two-hour interrogation of the child to the point he “uncharacteristically wet his pants.” Only then was his mother called. And then he received a 10-day suspension for – wait for it- “possession of a look-alike gun.”

And if that isn’t insane and abusive enough, the principle actually told the mother “that if the cap gun had been loaded with caps, it would have been deemed an explosive and police would have been called in,” the Washington Post reported.

To be clear, the family is concerned with the severity of the punishment and the amount of time their son was questioned without a parent, not that he faced consequences for his behavior.

According to the Post, the family immediately hired an attorney who “appealed the suspension late Thursday, asking that the action be reversed and the child’s record be expunged.”

The article explained what happened on the school bus:

In Calvert County, the trouble began Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. on a 10-minute bus ride to school.

According to the family, the boy’s friend had brought a water gun on the bus a day earlier. On Wednesday, unbeknown to his parents, the boy stowed his cap gun — from Frontier Town near Ocean City — inside his backpack as he left for school.

He told his mother after the incident that he had “really, really” wanted to show his friend.

The mother was called by the principal at 10:50 a.m. and was told that her son had the cap gun and pretended to shoot someone on the bus. She said that both the kindergartner and his first-grade sister, sitting nearby on the bus, disputed that account.

The child was then interrogated like a terrorist, probably worse these days, for the next two hours, to the point he wet himself, before his mother, also a teacher in the school district, was ever contacted. The little sister was also brought in for questioning.

What in the world could they have asked him for two-hours? “Who’s your supplier?! Who was your target?! Who are you running guns to in our Kindergarten?! We’re calling in ATF!”

It is beyond absurd, and into the abusive, when school officials act so irrationally with 5-year-olds.

A disciplinary conference will discuss this particular situation on Friday, the article said.

More stories on the anti-gun hysteria in today’s schools:

Tiny Lego gun on school bus gets child in absurd trouble

7-year-old suspended for biting Pop Tart into gun shape

More from the Washington Post.

Janeen Capizola

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  • Michael Alford

    The truly sad part of this story is that these are the people charged with educating the youth of our country.

    • jackcando

      More reason to home school your children!!

    • http://Facebook lawrence w

      the idoit that done this should be fired and get his or her asskicked

  • Karl

    I think too many Parents, Teachers, School Officials and more are just plain MALICIOUS MORONS these days.

  • RonSr

    Some very costly lawsuits for school districts will stop this nonsense they may not understand the Constitution or their Amendments but they understand having to pay for their stupidity.

    • Frances Chute Quinn

      i hope they do sue and win big time. we are talking about toys here, and putting young children thru this because of insane liberals. nowadays the best schooll is home school that i can see!

    • Ronald R.Johnson

      That sounds good, but if were my child I would be meeting the principle after dark face covered and teach him what it was like to be so scared you pee all over your self! And he would need a new face and some bones repaired too!

      U can bet when it was over he would think twice about mistreating anyone's child after that. Schools and teachers and school boards have gone crazy and if the had to meet up with more parents in the dark and more often they would change their ways, Quick! I'm glad I was able to send my kids to a private school with teachers who had some brains. It seems,teachers,principles,school boards,Mayors,Commissioners and police Officers have gone crazy. These people are nothing like we had fifty to Seventy years ago and they are not nearly as smart nor do they seem to love God as much either!

    • Kenneth Clark

      Not just stupidity. This was criminal! They terrorized this little boy till he pissed himself. If he was Muslim, this would not have happened.

      This principal and staff that were involved in this need to be arrested for this terroristic bwhavior and imprisoned for a very long time. Its terrorism, its child abuse, its total and complete civil rights violations of both the child and the parents and abuse of power. It is straight up, clear as a bell, criminal behavior.

  • http://www.EggClectic.com The Eggman

    We need some Zero Tolerance Laws against abject stupidity!

    See: http://seggleston.com/1/misc/zerostup

    Could these stupid 'rules' actually be HELPING to breed the next generation of school shooters?

  • Tom Geiger

    The admins would be pulling my boot out their mouth because I would have shoved my foot that far up their ass.

  • local_gal

    Does this school administration realize just how over the top this is? Better yet, do they realize just how stupid they have come across to the public? Doubtful. And yes, this was abusive to the 5 y/o. I do hope ligitgation is carried out and restitution made. Parents will lose work time, 5 y/o had the bejesus scared out of him .. unnecessarily. The school district should be held accountable for such a rediculous act. This wasn't a 15 y/o with a hand gun! They can be ever so thankful I am not one of the parents.

  • American Infidel

    We now have the nutty inmates (school principal and other inquisitors) running the assylum (the school). I grew up playing with cap guns until I was about 10 years old and no one, least of all school officials, thought anything of it. We have absolutely lost our freaking minds in this country because of political correctness! What will we be like in another 10 years? Will we be sending 5 year old to reform school because they brought a CAP GUN to school to show a friend?

  • Mark Marshall

    Sad I remember when being a kid was fun. Next they will stop baseball because of wooden bats

  • Jim

    The people who did this outrageous kidnapping and torture to this 5-year-old "Boy" "Child" should be held responsible for their actions against him, his Sister and their family.They should be charged with criminal activity and expelled from their positions, never to return because they have no clue how to run a school and they have "ZERO" common sense PERIOD!!

  • bill

    nothing will change until parents and communities start suing these draconian school officials and make them pay for their complete lack of common sense

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