Boy Chucks Imaginary Grenade, Gets Suspended
Alex Evans, 7, thought he was saving the planet during recess
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2013 8:25 AM CST

(Newser) – The latest student to be suspended for wielding an imaginary weapon at school is a 7-year-old in Colorado. Alex Evans thought he had to save the planet during recess, so he pretended to throw a grenade at an imaginary box with something evil inside, according to the Reporter-Herald. There was nothing in his hand and he didn't threaten anyone, leaving the little boy "very confused" about why he got in trouble, says his mom.

It seems Mary Blair Elementary School has a list of "absolutes," including no real or play weapons, and the school says Alex broke one of those "absolutes." The policy does not specifically mention imaginary weapons. The superintendent insists there's more to the story: "It's a bit one-sided with the parent's point of view," he says. But Alex makes his point of view clear to KDVR: "I was trying to save people and I just can't believe I got dispended."

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Apr 13, 2013 9:50 PM CDT
According to MADD in 2010, 211 children were killed in drunk driving crashes. Out of those 211 deaths, 80 were killed in another car thanks to a drunk driver. Another 30-40 children were hit and killed as pedestrians! I'm sure that the emotional pain and trauma of the parents of these 100+ innocent children is just as real and lasting as those of the parents whose children were slaughterer at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Is Obama for real? It takes only 1 - 2 seconds to change clips so the 10 round limits is ludicrous. When John Denver died flying an experimental aircraft he did not have a FAA third class medical because it was denied because of previous DUI/DWI convictions. So the question is should someone deemed mentally ill enough not to have a gun be able to drive a 4000 pound explosive battering ram car? Or should someone with DWI convictions be able to keep a gun? Remember this! Having a gun is a RIGHT. Driving a car is a privilege! Does any politician have the "balls" to answer these questions? We have lost our way.
Feb 8, 2013 4:30 AM CST
With all the school shootings it's no wonder kids want to "save people from evil" in their games; it's their only outlet for their anxiety. Silly adults.
Feb 7, 2013 10:33 PM CST
The zero-tolerance policy was easy to deploy, with school staff thinking this eliminates the need to think at all. Zero-tolerance against drugs lead to hysterical suspension of students for one aspirin, one inhaler or diabetic medicine. Zero-tolerance against prayer lead to hysterical fear and banning of ALL prayer including private, personal and voluntary prayer by students for the religion of their choice. Zero-tolerance against guns lead to hysterical suspension of a student for an IMAGINARY weapon. Uneffingbelievable. Come on, adults. You can do better than this. Firm policy does NOT mean tossing common sense out the window.