A five-year-old girl was suspended from Southeast Elementary School in Brighton, Colo. on Monday for bringing a clear, plastic bubble-soap gun with a picture of a princess on it to school with her because it violated the school’s “weapons policy.”
“They said that it was a fake weapon and that I needed to come get her,” the girl’s mother, who asked to have her identity concealed, told local news source Denver7.
Now, this is clearly pretty crazy, but Denver7 reports that a district spokesman released a statement insisting that the school had done the right thing:
“This suspension is consistent with our district policy as well as how Southeast has handled similar situations throughout this school year,” the statement read.
Yes — “reasonably mistaken.” Now, the kids in this girl’s class may be five-year-olds, but I’m pretty doggone sure that not even they would ever look at this “gun” — a translucent, plastic, colorful toy with a picture of a princess on it and bubbles coming out of it — and mistake it for a weapon. What’s more, the policy allows administrators to evaluate violations of the weapons policy on “a case-by-case basis to determine whether suspension, expulsion or any other disciplinary action is appropriate.”
According to an e-mail to Denver7 from district spokesman Kevin Denke, kids at Southeast Elementary have been suspended for bringing Nerf guns to the school in the past.