It wasn’t even entirely the little kid’s fault. He had left his backpack in a friend’s car, so his mom had to pack his stuff in another bag. What he and his mom didn’t realize was that the backup bag had a toy gun in it, something he didn’t realize until it was too late.
Instead of waiting to be found out by a teacher, first-grader Darin Simak did what he thought was the right thing to do. He “turned himself in.” He took it to his teacher and told her he wasn’t supposed to have it.
So, the principal was notified, and Darin was suspended.
This is similar to a case last year involving a Pittsburgh high schooler and a pocketknife. David Schaffner III had just been hunting in some woods behind his house before his dad dropped him off at one of his school’s football games. Before he entered the stands, he realized he still had his hunting knife on him. He knew that it was against the rules to have any kind of weapon on school grounds. So, he thought if he just turned it in and was open about it and apologized, he’d be OK. He turned in the knife to a security guard at the game and even accompanied the knife with a signed letter:
“I was in the woods behind my house at my tree stand and forgot to take my knife out of my pocket … came to the game and gave it to the security guard. [signed] David Schaffner III”
Everything seemed fine until the principal found out about this student’s atrocity. The principal approached Schaffner in the stands and ordered him to leave the game. But that wasn’t enough to punish him for his violent behavior and possession of an “assault” weapon on campus grounds. He suspended the boy for 10 days.