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7 Year Old Suspended From School for Playing an Imaginary Game

Posted by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:27 PM
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LOVELAND, Colo. - A 2nd grader has been suspended from school in Loveland for a make believe game he was playing.

The 7-year-old says he was trying to save the world. But school administrators say he broke a key rule during his pretend play.

"I was trying to save people and I just can't believe I got dispended," says Alex Evans, who doesn't understand his suspension any better than he can pronounce it.

"It's called ‘rescue the world,'" he says.

He was playing a game during recess at Loveland's Mary Blair Elementary School and threw an imaginary grenade into a box with pretend evil forces inside.

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

The boy didn't throw anything real or make any threats against anyone. He explains he was pretending to be the hero. "So nothing can get out and destroy the world."

But his imaginary play broke the school's real rules. The school lists "absolutes" designed to keep a safe environment. The list includes absolutely no fighting, real or imaginary; no weapons, real or imaginary. Click here to see the Mary Blair "Absolutes"

Should a 7-year-old be suspended from school for activities in an imaginary 'save the world' game?
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There may be instances when suspension is appropriate 
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"Honestly I don't think the rule is very realistic for kids this age," says Alex's mom Mandie Watkins.

Alex is like a lot of 2nd graders, perpetual motion. His mom says the little boy doesn't understand why pretending to be a soldier was wrong. "I think that when a child is trying to save the world, I don't think he should be punished for it."

At least one other parent FOX31 Denver talked to agrees with her.

"That's just a boy growing up," says Elliott Orozco. "That's what I did and I didn't become a bad guy."

Nevertheless, Alex will be playing at home rather than in the school yard because his mom says he'll stay home until this can be worked out.

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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:33 PM
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This is ridiculous.

Instead of ensuring that severely mentally ill people get proper treatment so they don't murder people, some people are more focused on being a meanie about children's toys and games, and violating children's First Amendment freedom of speech. 

Master_Debater
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:36 PM
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That is sad and complete bullshit!
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soonergirl980
by Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:38 PM
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Ridiculous!

grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:55 PM
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 I just read an article a day or two ago about a high schooler who was suspended for having a screen saver on his school issued computer with a flag and an AK47 that he'd downloaded from a website.  Instead of just telling him to remove it, they suspended him for 3 days.  He had never been in any trouble, and had never threatened anyone or anything.  His father, who was naturally extremely upset over the suspension, said it would be a different thing, if it was a picture of his son standing in front of the school with an AK47.

 

grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 6:23 PM
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 It's just ridiculous that kids can't be kids any more.  I think the schools have way over reacted for years.  When real bullying is happening, they don't do anything.  Yet a kid draws something with a gun or pretends he's shooting something, and wham, out you go.  They can't even use their fingers to pretend their shooting.  They're not allowed to use their imaginations any more.

My grandson is 7.  His dad is a hunter, as are most of the dads in their small town on the border of WI/IL.  He's a typical little boy, has many Nerf guns, bows and arrows, a real kid's size bow and arrows like hunters use, etc.

He also likes to tell tall tales just like any other little boy.  He makes up stuff, for which his parents punish him for saying.  They look at it as lying....I look at it as typical little boy exaggerating like all kids do, especially boys.

My daughter got a call from the school a couple of weeks ago, because Riley was telling some other little boys "I shoot snakes and lizards".  Well, who knows if the other little guys believed him or not.  They probably figured he was lying anyway.  Well, some little girl overheard this, went home crying to her mother about Riley shooting animals.  The girl's mother called the school, instead of just talking to her daughter and trying to reassure her that Riley was probably just telling tales, and had never shot a gun....which he hasn't.  The teacher called my daughter, who informed her that it wasn't true....that Riley was lieing, and she would certainly be talking to him.  After the lecture on lying, Riley then had to turn over all of his toy guns, bow and arrows, can't play the hunting wii game, or anything like that for several weeks.  It's not because he said the word gun, so much as he lied.  They are having a really hard time trying to explain to him so that he will understand why he can't say the word gun or talk about hunting or anything like that when he's in school, because it frightens some kids.

Boy, the psychiatrists are sure going to be raking in the money, not only because of the Newtown massacre, but because the parents and schools have gone off the deep end about guns.

JustCJ
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 6:44 PM
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Aw that sweet boy :(

JustCJ
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 6:45 PM

This is so true! They witness real bullying day in and day out and do NOTHING.

Quoting grandmab125:

 It's just ridiculous that kids can't be kids any more.  I think the schools have way over reacted for years.  When real bullying is happening, they don't do anything.  Yet a kid draws something with a gun or pretends he's shooting something, and wham, out you go.  They can't even use their fingers to pretend their shooting.  They're not allowed to use their imaginations any more.

My grandson is 7.  His dad is a hunter, as are most of the dads in their small town on the border of WI/IL.  He's a typical little boy, has many Nerf guns, bows and arrows, a real kid's size bow and arrows like hunters use, etc.

He also likes to tell tall tales just like any other little boy.  He makes up stuff, for which his parents punish him for saying.  They look at it as lying....I look at it as typical little boy exaggerating like all kids do, especially boys.

My daughter got a call from the school a couple of weeks ago, because Riley was telling some other little boys "I shoot snakes and lizards".  Well, who knows if the other little guys believed him or not.  They probably figured he was lying anyway.  Well, some little girl overheard this, went home crying to her mother about Riley shooting animals.  The girl's mother called the school, instead of just talking to her daughter and trying to reassure her that Riley was probably just telling tales, and had never shot a gun....which he hasn't.  The teacher called my daughter, who informed her that it wasn't true....that Riley was lieing, and she would certainly be talking to him.  After the lecture on lying, Riley then had to turn over all of his toy guns, bow and arrows, can't play the hunting wii game, or anything like that for several weeks.  It's not because he said the word gun, so much as he lied.  They are having a really hard time trying to explain to him so that he will understand why he can't say the word gun or talk about hunting or anything like that when he's in school, because it frightens some kids.

Boy, the psychiatrists are sure going to be raking in the money, not only because of the Newtown massacre, but because the parents and schools have gone off the deep end about guns.


Farmlady09
by Silver Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 6:50 PM
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When I realized that the public school my children were attending was being run by idiots, I removed them and homeschooled.

The idiots running this school make the idiots who were in charge of my sons' school look like Einstein.

PamR
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 7:29 PM
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Quoting JustCJ:

This is so true! They witness real bullying day in and day out and do NOTHING.

Quoting grandmab125:

 It's just ridiculous that kids can't be kids any more.  I think the schools have way over reacted for years.  When real bullying is happening, they don't do anything.  Yet a kid draws something with a gun or pretends he's shooting something, and wham, out you go.  They can't even use their fingers to pretend their shooting.  They're not allowed to use their imaginations any more.

My grandson is 7.  His dad is a hunter, as are most of the dads in their small town on the border of WI/IL.  He's a typical little boy, has many Nerf guns, bows and arrows, a real kid's size bow and arrows like hunters use, etc.

He also likes to tell tall tales just like any other little boy.  He makes up stuff, for which his parents punish him for saying.  They look at it as lying....I look at it as typical little boy exaggerating like all kids do, especially boys.

My daughter got a call from the school a couple of weeks ago, because Riley was telling some other little boys "I shoot snakes and lizards".  Well, who knows if the other little guys believed him or not.  They probably figured he was lying anyway.  Well, some little girl overheard this, went home crying to her mother about Riley shooting animals.  The girl's mother called the school, instead of just talking to her daughter and trying to reassure her that Riley was probably just telling tales, and had never shot a gun....which he hasn't.  The teacher called my daughter, who informed her that it wasn't true....that Riley was lieing, and she would certainly be talking to him.  After the lecture on lying, Riley then had to turn over all of his toy guns, bow and arrows, can't play the hunting wii game, or anything like that for several weeks.  It's not because he said the word gun, so much as he lied.  They are having a really hard time trying to explain to him so that he will understand why he can't say the word gun or talk about hunting or anything like that when he's in school, because it frightens some kids.

Boy, the psychiatrists are sure going to be raking in the money, not only because of the Newtown massacre, but because the parents and schools have gone off the deep end about guns.


True.  I understand that they don't want to encourage violent games, or even pretend violent games, but suspension is going too far.  Especially with a 7 year old.


Carpy
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 7:44 PM
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This is what you get when you let progressive liberals be in charge.

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