Photo courtesy of Dani Elliott
School Calls Police On Seventh Grader For Playing With Toy Gun During Virtual Class
The child was suspended for five days for bringing a "facsimile of a firearm to school" even though he was in his own home playing with the toy gun.
A school in Colorado Springs called the police on a 12-year-old student for playing with a toy gun during a virtual class.
In a report from the Washington Post, the incident took place on August 27 during a virtual class at Grand Mountain School. Isaiah's mother, Dani Elliott, was notified in an email from Isaiah's art teacher that he was distracted and playing with a gun during class. In the email, the teacher had said that she believed the gun was fake.
However, the teacher had notified the school's vice principal of Isaiah, who then called a school resource officer to review a recording of the class. Officers later arrived at Elliott's home, where her husband Curtis let them in. They proceeded to explain to Isaiah that if he brought a toy gun to school, they could file criminal charges.
Isaiah, who has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, was later suspended for five days and now has a record with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. He also has a mark on his school disciplinary paperwork saying he brought a "facsimile of a firearm to school."
"With the cultural events going on right now, especially for young African Americans, you calling the police and telling them that he could have a gun, you put his life in jeopardy," Elliott told the Times.
According to the Times, Grand Mountain School issued the following statement on the incident on Facebook:
We never have or ever will condone any form of racism or discrimination. Safety will always be number one for our students and staff. We follow board policies and safety protocols consistently, whether we are in-person or distance learning.
Elliott and Curtis have since pulled their son out of the school and have placed him on a wait list for a charter school.