A five-year-old Massachusetts boy could be suspended from elementary school after he built a gun out of Legos during an after-school program.
The parents of Joseph Cardosa received a letter advising them that their son had used toys inappropriately. A second violation would result in a two-week suspension. The boy is a student at Hyannis West Elementary School.
“While someone might think that making a Lego gun is just an action of a 5-year-old – to other 5-year-olds that might be a scary experience,” a school spokesperson told MyFoxBoston.com. “We need a safe environment for our students.”
Shelia Cruz, the boy’s mother said the school overreacted.
“It’s not like he’s designing a machine gun,” she told the television station. “I can understand with all the things that are going on right now in schools, but on the other hand, kids are taught you know ‘here’s a squirt gun, this is fun,’ so this is fun to him, you know what I mean, he’s running around playing – a little bit of re-direction would have been enough.”
Supt. Mary Czajkowski told television station WBZ they have a responsibility to make sure the children feel safe and not intimidated.
“We’re trying to create an atmosphere of respect,” she said.
It’s not the first time students have gotten into trouble over fake weapons.
Last week a Pennsylvania child was suspended after she was overheard talking about shooting her friends with “Hello Kitty” bubble gum.
And a fifth grade student in Philadelphia was scolded for pulling out a piece of paper that resembled a gun.