Colorado 7th Grader Gets Suspended for Having a Toy Gun in His Own Home

Mark Lennihan
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A boy demonstrates the Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS Blaster, named to Time To Play’s Holiday 2010 Most Wanted List, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010 in New York. The Hasbro toy will retail for $49.99. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)


Zero tolerance means zero tolerance.

As we all know, guns aren’t allowed in school.

And why? They’re dangerous. They fire bullets. They can shoot people.

That includes guns in the hands of a 12-year-old. That includes fake guns. That includes ones that don’t shoot bullets. And ones in someone’s home, miles away.

Such must all be the case, because in Colorado Springs, pre-teen Isaiah Elliott was suspended for having a pistol — a bright green toy one, that is, broadcast online during remote learning.

As reported by KDVR, on August 27th, 7th grader Isaiah was participating in an online art class when his teacher spotted the kid flashing a toy handgun across the screen.

Isaiah’s murder weapon of choice was an orange-tipped, slime-shaded NERF number with the words “Zombie Hunter” on the side.

His instructor did the natural thing: She notified the principal.

And he was suspended for five days.

As per The Daily Wire, the discipline was “reportedly consistent with threatening classmates, even though Elliott was in a virtual environment and not in the same classroom as his peers where a ‘threat’ of violence might be more meaningful.”

The crackerjack crew at the school wasn’t taking any chances: The principal went the extra mile of contacting the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office — to conduct a “welfare check” on Isaiah’s family.

Got that? If your kid has a toy gun, you’re subject to a visit from the cops.


From the Wire:

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.

Isaiah’s parents weren’t impressed.

Here’s what his dad, Curtis, had to say:

“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.”

According to Mr. Elliott, his son was “in tears when the cops came. He was just in tears. He was scared. We all were scared. I literally was scared for his life.”

Isaiah’s mom, Dani, said it was deranged

“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 because they want to compare the virtual environment to the actual in-school environment is insane.”

To be clear, as you may know, there are real green guns:

But if the teacher was unsure, why didn’t she just call the Elliotts? Dani wants to know.


Moreover as relayed by Fox 18, Curtis said the boy didn’t mean to display the toy:

“A sheriff’s deputy recorded the video on his body cam and showed it to the boy’s father. Curtis Elliott told FOX31 the video shows his son sitting at home on his sofa when he momentarily picks up the toy gun on the right side of where he’s sitting and moves it to his left side, not realizing that in the process his teacher and fellow students saw him move the gun across the computer screen.”

KDVR says the school hasn’t responded to questions about the incident, but it did say it’s still figuring out this whole remote learning thing.

Maybe the first thing they should figure out is how not to do all of the above.



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