(UnitedVoice.com) – A 12-year-old boy in Colorado Springs, CO, has received an unbelievable punishment. His egregious crime? His teacher saw a toy gun flash in front of the camera and decided to report it to the principal.
Public schools monitor for toy guns in homes
"12-year-old suspended after teacher spots toy gun during virtual class"
"although the teacher thought it was a toy gun authorities still did a welfare check on Isaiah Elliott without parental notification."https://t.co/5DD4U5i4bK#2A
— John R Lott Jr. (@JohnRLottJr) September 7, 2020
His teacher at the Grand Mountain grade school saw what she thought might be a real gun. What it really was is a toy made of bright green plastic with the required orange muzzle (the image in the tweet is from an ad for the gun and doesn’t show the orange tip) and the words “Zombie Hunter” emblazoned on the side. The school called the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and had them go over to the boy’s house — without calling the parents beforehand.
His father described it as “really frightening” due to all the racial tensions in the country along with the fact that they’re a black family.
Unbeknownst to the parents, the school has been recording classes. When they found out and wanted to see the “evidence” against their son, they were refused.
In addition to the police showing up at their house, the boy received a 5-day suspension.
The Progressive gun-phobia is nothing new. Back in 2013, a 7-year-old Maryland boy with ADHD was suspended when he chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a pistol and “shot” at others.
That was absurd enough.
But the boy, in this case, was sitting in his bedroom essentially being spied upon (his parents didn’t know he was being recorded).
Teachers and schools are facing unprecedented situations with online learning and most are doing an amazing job given the circumstances. To act in a child’s best interest with safety in mind is what all teachers strive for. However, does the punishment fit the crime? Couldn’t a simple phone call to the parents have cleared all this up without traumatizing a child with the police at his door? Especially when later reports say the teacher considered that it was a toy?
For a parent not to know that their child is being recorded and then not being able to see those recordings goes beyond education. If your child is taking classes online, be sure you know exactly what is going on in your own home.
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