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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