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.

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35 thoughts on “5-year-old suspended, interrogated over cap gun until he wets his pants

  1. Gabriel Beaven says:

    You know it is sad what our country is becoming. Where even a child is questioned for nonsense. I understand that in this day in age you have to be cautious. But to interrogate this child for 2 hours is ridiculous.I have to agree with the person who wrote this article. What questions did they ask for 2 hours

  2. John A says:

    When all the normal people in America quit sending their children to public schools and it becomes clear even to the DOE that public education is failure education, only then will we have change. Invest in your children's future now and you won't need to invest in a lawyer later. This whole zero tolerance garbage is really progressive training to take the fight out out every American so we eventually will do whatever the government says. Fact not Fiction….just wait and see.

  3. William says:

    This is a very poorly written article.

    "The child was then interrogated like a terrorist, probably worse these days, for the next two hours…"

    Was the kid waterboarded or force fed? And what does the author meen by "these days"?


  4. Susan says:

    I have grandsons that age and it breaks my heart to think of them being questioned for two hours without their parent's consent. How terrified this little boy must have felt. This conduct is criminal and I hope the parents do not let this drop.

  5. Jan Porter says:

    The persons responsible need a psychological evaluation. They are dangerous, and it might be determined that they should not have children in their care.

  6. Linda says:

    Bill: I agree. A few lawsuits FOR THE RIGHTS of common-day people may start people thinking more rationally. If they don't, nothing will.

  7. Stephen says:

    This is just more proof that liberals should not be allowed to be teachers under any circumstance.

  8. michael says:

    I am a lawyer and it sounds like false imprisonment to me. Will the ACLU take the case or do they only support liberal causes. A toy gun is a toy. All these kids see on TV are guns and violence. What are we trying to teach?

  9. Matt says:

    I'm curious to know if these administrators within the school and district are parents themselves? I would think they are not which gives even more credence to why children should be home schooled. When you have idiots in charge of teaching the kids and those idiots have no children of their own to have been able to cut their teeth on so to speak, the choices they will implement in their endeavor to "teach" will always be less than of someone who has had children and raised them successfully.

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