As we all know, guns are simply not allowed in school. Obviously, this is because they can be extremely dangerous, especially in the hands of someone as inexperienced as a child.
Unfortunately, our nation has already seen far too much death and destruction caused by a hurting youth towards their peers or authority figures.
And as such, most schools have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to firearms or weapons of any kind really. In fact, in most districts, a student caught with even a toy gun or knife gets some sort of punishment.
But one school in Colorado Springs seems to be taking this zero-tolerance thing a bit too far.
Undoubtedly, you know that, due to the novel and fast-spreading coronavirus, much of our nation’s schools are experiencing virtual learning, where children attend online classes while staying the safety of their homes.
Such is the case for 12-year-old Isaiah Elliot, a seventh-grader. According to KDVR, on August 27, Isaiah was participating in an online art class with his teacher and other students while sitting on the couch in his family’s living room.
At one point, Isaiah picked up a bright, lime-green colored toy gun that was apparently sitting near him and moved it to the other side of the couch.
Note, he wasn’t playing with it or pointing it at the screen and so, at his classmates or teacher. He simply picked it up and moved. It was only on the screen for a few seconds, if that.
But that was all the time needed for his teacher to take notice that a child had a weapon “at school.” The art teacher, naturally, told the principal.
And Isaiah was suspended for an entire week.
According to the Daily Wire’s reporting on the situation, the principal said that the harshness of the discipline was “reportedly consistent with threatening, classmates, even though Elliot was in a virtual environment and not in the same classroom as his peers where a ‘threat’ of violence might be more meaningful.”
Now, I am sure that some critic out there is saying ‘maybe the teacher didn’t notice that the gun was a toy.’ And I guess in all reality, it is possible.
While the “weapon” was lime-green, had an orange tip reminiscent of all toy guns, and even had the phrase Zombie Hunter painted on the side, if given only a few seconds, I suppose someone, especially one not familiar with firearms or children’s toys, could surmise that the child had a real gun. After all, most real guns can be custom painted to be of nearly any color or design.
However, if the teacher had a question about the gun, why not simply ask the student about it or even the parents? The principal could have also done this, instead of assuming the worst, or worse yet, not even caring. Surely that would have gone over better than suspending the boy for merely having one of his toys near him while being at home.
But no, that’s apparently not how this school rolls.
As the Wire noted, “Local media reports that the principal never consulted the boy’s parents to get clarification on the incident, and Fox 31 says the teacher knew the item was a toy gun and not a real, usable weapon.”
Instead, they like to take things to extremes. In fact, the principal even called the cops and a squad car come by the Elliots’ home to conduct a “welfare check.”
Needless to say, Isaiah’s parents weren’t exactly happy to get the visit.
Mr. Elliot said, “It was really frightening and upsetting for me as a parent, especially as the parent of an African-American young man, especially given what’s going on in our country right now.” He told KDVR that his son was “in tears when the cops came. He was just in tears. He was scared. We all were scared.”
Now, as a parent of a 12-year-old boy myself, I can imagine, given the same situation, that my family would react very similarly. My son would be watching the cops stroll into our home, looking everywhere, and talking about how he was supposedly dangerous. Isaiah likely didn’t even know what he had done that was so wrong. All for having a toy gun at home.
As Isaiah’s mom says, this entire thing is “insane.”
“For them to go as extreme as suspending him for five days, sending the police out, having the police threaten to press charges against him… is insane.”
And the only excuse the school could give for such behavior is that it is still trying to figure this whole remote learning thing out…