Student Nearly Suspended Over LEGO-Sized Gun

5 02 2010

image via SI Advance
Just how little tolerance is zero tolerance? A Staten Island fourth-grader was reprimanded and almost suspended yesterday when the principal spotted him playing with a LEGO policeman and a two-inch-long toy gun during lunch, the Advance reports.

Under the city’s no-tolerance policy regarding guns in schools, PS 52 Principal Evelyn Matroianni brought 9-year-old Patrick Timoney to her office and called his mother to say the boy might be suspended for carrying the miniature toy gun to school, pending the approval of the Department of Education’s security administrator. When contacted, the administrator reportedly said the toy should be confiscated and returned to the boy’s parents, however no other punishment would be necessary.

“It’s crazy,” the boy’s mother, Laura Timoney, told the paper. “He’s missing class time, all for silly toys. The boys are just trying to relax. If there’s a real threat, why not call the Police Department?” She noted that another child had brought an action figure that was carrying an ax, but only her son was punished. “When are we going to take responsibility for common sense and logic?” In 2007, a New Jersey 7-year-old was suspended when he drew a picture of gun.

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