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Pa. First-Grader Faces Expulsion Over Toy Gun

The boy brought the toy to school by mistake, and turned it over to his teacher. He got suspended.

A Pennsylvania first-grader, who accidentally brought a toy gun to school and turned it in to his teacher when he realized the mistake, is facing expulsion.

Darin Simak, 7, is a first-grader at Martin School in New Kensington, WTAE said. He left his book bag at a friend's house, so his mother packed his school things in a different bag, not realizing he had toys in there, Darin's parents told WTAE.

Darin turned the gun in to his teacher because he knew it was against the rules. But the district suspended him anyway. And now he could be expelled.

An expulsion hearing is scheduled for Friday afternoon. The district's policy is a one-year suspension for "replica" weapons, WTAE says.

Do suspension and expulsion make sense in this case? Should there be blanket rules, or should things be handled on a case-by-case basis?
Sheriffchris June 07, 2014 at 01:15 PM
This is just another example of the Politically Correct liberal crowd's agenda. What good does it do to suspend a 7 year old for a toy violation of which he volunteered to correct himself. No Tolerance Rules !!! I wish these people had the same feelings for Rapists, Murderers and Child Abusers ...no they get many chances to have a do over.
Susan Toto June 07, 2014 at 05:14 PM
I agree with everyone above, this is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. What was he suppose to do with the TOY gun. He did the right thing, so you punish him for that! I can't believe this! These people get paid big bucks for these dumb decisions!
Mary Jeanne Robinson June 08, 2014 at 09:13 AM
The worst part is they have taught this child not to be upfront and honest when he knows something is wrong...and over something so absolutely rediculous!
Nancy Biskey June 08, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Next time a little child makes a mistake and knows it wrong, I would say just shut up because you will get in trouble for being honest. Maybe he should be put in a Juvenile Detention Center for being honest also. What a crazy world we are living in, I am glad that my kids didn't have to lie to get through school.
socialist June 09, 2014 at 04:52 PM
We all don't even know the circumstances. For all we know he bragged about it to a classmate who threatened to tell. Maybe that's why he owned up before he was told on. Honestly, it's a policy for a reason. I don't think it's out of line to suspend him. In my job, there are things we absolutely can't have on premises. If I have it, even if it's totally accidental, I could lose my job. Same thing applies here. The administrators may feel badly about it for all we know, but you absolutely can't let anybody slide for something like this.

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