Five year-old suspended under school’s zero-tolerance weapons policy.
A Brighton, Colorado kindergarten student has been suspended for violating the school’s zero-tolerance weapons policy for a princess bubble gun.
The 5-year-old’s mother, was unaware her daughter had put the clear plastic toy into her backpack before school on Monday. That is, until she got a call asking her to pick her up because she was suspended.
The mother asked not to be identified, but did tell her story to ABC News Channel 7. “I asked, ‘Is it really necessary for me to come get her?’ And they said, ‘Yes, this is our zero tolerance policy, and somebody needs to come get her immediately,’” the mother told ABC News Channel 7.
The girl was suspended for a day under the zero-tolerance weapons policy and was quite upset according to the mother.
The school’s weapons policy actually suggests discipline for “a firearm facsimile that could reasonably be mistaken for an actual firearm.” Obviously, the princess bubble gun is not even remotely close to a real firearm.
“I apologized right away and said I am so sorry she did that,” the mother told the station. “I appreciate they’re trying to keep our kids safe, I really do. But there needs to be some common sense. It blows bubbles.”
It’s not the first time this kind of incident has happened involving toy guns or even look-alikes in schools. And it appears to be something even gun control groups might be able to agree is overblown.
“We are given a brain, and we should use it,” Tom Mauser told the station. He’s a spokesman for Colorado Ceasefire and had a son die during the Columbine shootings.
What do you think? Is the zero-tolerance reaction to bubble gun an overreaction, or was the school justified to suspend the 5 year-old?