Boy, 7, reportedly suspended for playing with imaginary grenade

A Colorado boy got in trouble for playing "rescue the world" with an imaginary weapon.

Seven-year-old Alex Evans says he was only trying to save the world when he tossed an imaginary grenade at pretend bad guys during recess. The school apparently was not impressed.

The second-grader has been suspended from Mary Blair Elementary School in Loveland, Colo., for breaking a key school rule: no weapons, real or imaginary, KDVR-TV reported.

"Honestly I don't think the rule is very realistic for kids this age," Alex’s mother, Mandie Watkins, told KDVR on Monday.

Watkins told the Reporter-Herald that the principal called her Friday afternoon to inform her that her son had been suspended for throwing the imaginary weapon.

She said her son will stay home from school until the situation can be resolved.

School officials declined to discuss the case with MSN News on Tuesday.

"The issue you are referring to is complicated. Per district policy, we are not able to go into any further detail or comment specifically on individual disciplinary matters," school district spokesman Mike Hausmann said.

Superintendent Stan Scheer told the Reporter-Herald there's more to the story than he was able to comment on.

"There's a whole student side that we just don't talk about," he told the newspaper. "It's a bit one-sided with the parent's point of view."

Alex reportedly got in trouble for playing a game he called "rescue the world" during recess. That included tossing an imaginary grenade into a box populated by pretend evil forces.

"I pretended the box, there's something shaking in it, and I go 'pshhh,'" the boy told KDVR.

He didn't throw anything real and didn't threaten anyone. But the school said he violated one of Mary Blair's "absolutes" — no weapons, real or play, according to his mother.

Watkins said her son doesn't understand what he did wrong. "I think that when a child is trying to save the world, I don't think he should be punished for it," she told KDVR.


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