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Boy, 7, suspended for throwing imaginary grenade

While playing a game of ‘rescue the world,’ Alex Evans tossed an imaginary grenade into a box. Because of the school’s ‘no real or play fighting’ rule, the boy was kicked out of school for an undisclosed period of time.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 6:24 PM

A second-grader in Colorado has been suspended from his elementary school for “throwing” an imaginary grenade during a harmless make-believe game he was playing called “rescue the world.”

The innocent 7-year-old claimed he was, in fact, simply trying to rescue the world, but officials at Mary Blair Elementary School, in Loveland, Colo., said playing with a weapon, the pretend grenade in this case, whether imaginary or real, is unacceptable on school grounds.

“I was trying to save people and I just can’t believe I got dispended,” said Alex Evans, the little boy, who can’t even pronounce his punishment, let alone understand why it happened.

Evans told KDVR-TV that he was merely playing a game during recess at the school, which is about an hour north of Denver, when he threw an imaginary grenade into a box that contained make-believe evil forces.

Evans attends Mary Blair Elementary School, in Loveland, Colo., which employs a zero-tolerance policy with weapons, whether real or pretend.

“I pretended the box, there’s something shaking in it, and I go ‘pshhh,” he explained, adding, importantly, that he didn’t threaten anyone or throw anything real at anyone.

But even his imaginary play is subject to discipline at Mary Blair Elementary, which utilizes a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to violence and weapons — whether they’re “real or play.”

The school enforces a list of “ABSOLUTES,” an agenda of rules that cannot be broken, designed to “make Mary Blair a safe environment.”

The first two items on the list are: “No Weapons (real or play), illegal drugs (including tobacco) or alcohol” and “No Physical Abuse or Fights — real or ‘play fighting,’" which pertains to Evans’ imaginary grenade.

Evans' mother said she didn't "think the rule is very realistic for kids this age."

Efforts to reach the school were unsuccessful, but by all accounts, it seems as though the suspension will occur as announced.
Evans’ mother, for one, said she thinks the punishment does not fit the crime, if you could even call her son’s behavior that.

“Honestly, I don’t think the rule is very realistic for kids this age,” she said.

Schools across the U.S. have been extra careful, and extra anxious, when it comes to weapons on campus in the aftermath of a rash of

In January alone, a 5-year-old in Pennsylvania was suspended from her elementary school for talking about a toy soap bubble gun and a fifth-grader in Philadelphia was searched by school officials in front of her classmates after she brought a piece of paper to the building that looked like a gun.

But perhaps the hyper-caution is for good measure: six school shootings have occurred on school campuses since December, including the horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and six educators dead


Asked by Ballad at 10:03 PM on Feb. 7, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • ugg...the only way to have kids stop "play fighting" is to stop letting them idolize super heros and i dont see that happening anytime soon (nor should it).

    parents need to start banning together to fight these idiot rules!

    Answer by okmanders at 10:10 PM on Feb. 7, 2013

  • This is just getting ridiculous. Yet again fear is overriding common sense.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 10:12 PM on Feb. 7, 2013

  • We need to focus on catching our students up academically with the rest of the world and let minor things that have been happening go.

    Just a good talking to would suffice and now he is out of school until....

    Answer by virginiamama71 at 10:07 PM on Feb. 7, 2013

  • Wait what, not all kids idolize super heroes. My sons idolize their marine dad, who's done plenty of things I won't discuss but hey or some kids it's a fact of life that mommy and daddy go to war and they idolize their parents.

    Answer by funlovinlady at 10:13 PM on Feb. 7, 2013

  • As always stupid kneejerk reactionary actions.

    Answer by Dardenella at 12:12 AM on Feb. 8, 2013