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." (Read more weapon stories.)