4th grader in trouble for bringing Lego policeman to school

The young boy was playing with Lego. His father is a retired police officer. There is no differentiation between something that could be confused to be a real gun and something that is so obviously a toy.

A tiny toy led to big trouble for one fourth-grade New York City boy.

Patrick Timoney, a 9-year-old student at PS 52 in Staten Island, N.Y., was in the school cafeteria Tuesday playing with LEGOs when he was taken to the principal’s office and threatened with suspension. One of his toys was a LEGO policeman that holds a 2-inch plastic gun. The school has a no-tolerance policy when it comes to toy guns.

“[The gun] was so little,” the boy told WNBC. “I wouldn’t really think that the principal would cause a lot of commotion just for a little gun.”

The boy’s mother, Laura Timoney, 44, was fuming over the issue.

“You don’t traumatize a child who loved to go to school, who wanted to be early every day to school, you don’t make him cry, you don’t make him fill out statements,” she told WNBC, holding back tears. “You don’t do it.”

Pat Timoney, the boy’s father and a retired police officer, was also upset, saying that he’s dealt with people who use imitation weapons as a way to threaten others and commit crimes, and that this situation is different, considering the pinky-size gun in question. . . .

Thanks very much to Chris Klemm for this link.

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Blogger Angela said...

Homeschool, homeschool, homeschool.

2/04/2010 1:10 PM  
Blogger it_mike said...

Zero tolerance is due to zero intelligence.

2/04/2010 2:27 PM  
Blogger Jenna Culbertson said...

This is pretty ridiculous. What next suspension for making a hand gesture that looks like a gun?

2/04/2010 9:45 PM  
Blogger Cargosquid said...

Mail thousands of those toys to the school, school system, and anywhere else appropriate....

2/05/2010 12:46 AM  

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