A Colorado second-grader may be suspended from his elementary school after he disobeyed a key rule of no weapons, real or imaginary, when he tossed an imaginary grenade Friday during recess and went, ‘pshhh,’ to indicate that the imaginary device detonated, KDVR.com reported.
Alex Watkins,7, who attends Mary Blair Elementary in Loveland, said he was playing the game “Rescue the World.” He plays the role of a heroic soldier out to rid the world of an evil threat.
His duties led him to throw the imaginary grenade into a box he pretended contained evil forces. He said he didn’t make any threats and was playing by himself, KDVR.com reported.
The school has a list of ‘absolutes’ that states no weapons, even if they’re imaginary. A phone call Tuesday morning from FoxNews.com to the school was not immediately returned.
So a “Grenade” that wasn’t there, while playing a game BY HIMSELF, and this is a big enough threat to warrant SUSPENSION? Back when I worked in a daycare we had kids younger than this who would occasionally point fingers and “Pew Pew” at each other. We’d tell them to stop. Sometimes toy guns would come in, and school policy was we’d put the toy up for the day and return it to the kid when their parents picked them up.
We didn’t punish, we certainly didn’t suspend. If a toy was brought we’d inform them of the school policy on toy weapons. Frankly I don’t care about any of it, but it wasn’t my school, I just worked there.
“Honestly, I don’t think the rule is very realistic for kids this age,” Mandie Watkins, Alex’s mom, told KDVR.com. “I think that when a child is trying to save the world, I don’t think he should be punished for it.”
Yeah, I grew up watching GI-Joe before school, not to mention my parents were more lax than some when it came to watching movies with gun play. It wasn’t uncommon for me to “Shoot” at stuff as a kid…or swing an imaginary sword or lightsaber.
Zero Intelligence, and these are the people teaching our kids?