Everyone remembers show-and-tell from elementary school. I remember bringing my iguana one time, and it wriggled out of my hands and ran all around the room. I ran around chasing it while my terrified teacher shrieked and took refuge on top of her desk. It wasn’t a small lizard either. Including the tail, he was about five feet long. I eventually secured him, and that was that. Thankfully, I didn’t get in trouble for bringing a “dangerous” animal to school.
This Warner Robbins, Georgia 4th-grader definitely won’t forget his experience bringing in some of his toys to share with his classmates. He had told his dad that he’d bring in his iPad and some other unspecified things.
Then, his dad got a call from the school to alert him that his son had brought a “weapon” to school.
After a couple of days into the school year, fourth grader Ramsey McDonald of Warner Robins was given what he thought was a fun assignment.
Bring in some of your favorite toys to talk about.
“They were trying to get the kids to know each other,” his father, Scott McDonald said.
The Miller Elementary School student told his father Friday night he was going to bring in his iPad and a couple of toys.
His father didn’t think much about it and said “OK.”
McDonald learned it wasn’t OK when he received a call from the school Tuesday.
“They told me my son brought a weapon to school and they asked me if I was aware,” McDonald said Wednesday. “I asked them what it was and they said it was a plastic Nerf gun.”
McDonald said had he known his child was planning to take the blue, orange and green plastic toy to class, he would’ve told the child not to take it.
The child was initially given three days suspension, which was reduced to three days in-school suspension, McDonald said.
“He told me he didn’t know they would think it was a weapon or he wouldn’t have brought it to school,” McDonald said.
It was a plastic Nerf gun. With foam “bullets.” Kids play with those kinds of toys all the time, and I’m sure it was a hit in the kid’s class. But what he didn’t realize was that it violated the school’s “no weapons” policy. So, he was slapped with a three-day in-school suspension to teach him that there are some toys that are evil. I wonder if the school will offer counseling to any student who was traumatized by the toy gun.