Archive for Friday, October 29, 2010

Fifth-grade girl suspended for bringing toy gun to Overland Park school

October 29, 2010


— A suburban Kansas City fifth-grader will be suspended from school for three months for bringing a toy gun onto school property on a weekend.

Santa Fe Trail Elementary School suspended 11-year-old Alyssa Cornish until January because she and several children played with a spring-powered toy gun on the school playground on Sunday.

The straight-A student, who is a member of the student council, will miss her classes, Halloween party and will not have a picture in the yearbook. The Overland Park girl also can’t attend Girl Scouts because her troop meets on school grounds.

A spokeswoman for the Shawnee Mission School District told The Kansas City Star that the rules against weapons of any kind on school property are ironclad. She says parents and students are reminded of the rule every school year.


kernal 7 years, 8 months ago

I think most 11 year olds, especially a straight A student, are old enough to understand the rules and the consequences.

gr 7 years, 8 months ago

That's just the issue. S straight A 11 year old DOES understand the rules, "rules against weapons of any kind on school property are ironclad". She was brilliant enough, unlike some others, to know that a "toy gun" is not a weapon of any kind.

I'm sure she's going, wha?

Hope she's brilliant enough, seeing she has nothing to lose, to point out other "potential" weapons to the point of complete silliness, such as the current case is.

'Teacher, that math book looks like a fake bomb.' 'That laser pointer is a disguised fake weapon.' etc., absurdity.

Rick Aldrich 7 years, 8 months ago

What a crock of ? i think i may go play cowboys and Indians with some buddy's with our rubber band guns this weekend at my neighborhood school.

weeslicket 7 years, 8 months ago

teacher to student at recess:
alyssa, i'm going to keep your toy in my desk until the end of the day. then, you'll take it home and leave it there. and we won't say anything about this to principal bumble. now, go play.

HaRDNoK9 7 years, 8 months ago

Outrageous! The parents should call the media, go with her to school on Monday despite this ridiculous suspension. When the police show up, (with their sidearms, and batons) it should be pointed out on camera that they are in possession of weapons on school property and that they need to be arrested immediately!

A child getting in this much trouble for playing with a toy gun is like giving a child a ticket for driving a matchbox car! What is unbelievable is that there are people out there who actually support this decision.

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