School Grills Boy, 5, Over Toy Gun Until He Pees Pants

Kindergartner was questioned 2 hours before mom was called

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 31, 2013 4:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – A mother of a Maryland kindergartner is a teacher herself and understands that school officials had a right to be a little concerned when her son was seen with a cap gun on the morning bus ride. But she's a little ticked that school officials questioned the 5-year-old for two hours without calling her or anyone else—and the boy got so scared he wet his pants, reports the Washington Post. “What I have a problem with is the severity,” she says.

The boy is "all bugs and frogs and cowboys," and he says he took his toy gun to school that morning without telling his parents because he wanted to show a friend, she adds. It's a good thing he didn't load it with caps, too, because the principal of the school in Calvert County informed her that would have warranted a call to police. The family's attorney is appealing the boy's 10-day suspension and asking that it be cleared from his school record. (Two who can identify: The 7-year-olds suspended for pretending their pencils were guns.)

File photo of a cap gun. It's not clear exactly what the one in this instance looked like.
File photo of a cap gun. It's not clear exactly what the one in this instance looked like.   (http://www.shutterstock.com/cat.mhtml?lang=en&search_source=search_form&version=llv1&anyorall=all&safesearch=1&searchterm=cap gun&search_group=#id=2748008&src=su53c9PPsAnLgi4cM5BXRA-1-1)
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