New Jersey fifth grader was suspended for having a self-constructed weapon at school.
Aarin Moody, a fifth grade student in New Jersey, was suspended on May 8, 2015 for bringing a self-constructed weapon to school. The school labeled a NERF dart with a broken toothpick in it, that Aarin brought to school in his pocket, as a self-constructed weapon.
According to FOX News, Moody was reaching into his pocket to retrieve a late note when a NERF “bullet” fell out on to the floor. As a result, Moody received “a five-day, in-school suspension and a notation on his permanent record stating that he brought a makeshift weapon to school.”
Unfortunately, it looks like a five-day suspension was actually an improvement from his original punishment of expulsion.
The Uptown Complex School had told Michelle Moody, Aarin’s mother, that the school’s weapons policy bars “[a]nything readily capable of lethal use or inflicting serious bodily injury.”
How a foam tube with a broken toothpick fits under the category of something readily capable of lethal use is a bit overkill, but the faculty member at the time claims that she mistook the item as a homemade shank. He was immediately escorted to the front office by security.
Aarin believes that the school wants him to say that he did it on purpose and that he wanted to intentionally inflict harm on his classmates. According to him, he genuinely forgot that the dart was in his pocket and that he only places toothpicks in the darts to make them easier to find after shooting them into the dirt at home.
Michelle Moody told Fox that her son suffers from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and has had anger management issues in the past. She feels that the situation was taken to the extreme because she reported her supervisor for harassment back when she was a substitute janitor at the school.
Aarin returned to school this past Monday but has been placed on a probationary period. Several attempts to reach the Atlantic City Board of Education for comments have been made but no calls or emails have been returned.