New Jersey fifth-grader Aarin Moody got a lesson in his school’s zero tolerance policy after being suspended all of last week for bringing a foam Nerf gun bullet to school, according to his mom.
The Atlantic City boy was reaching for a note from his mom when the spongy projectile fell out of his pocket, alarming a faculty member at the Uptown Complex School on May 8, said his mother, Michelle Moody.
“I pulled out my late slip and that’s when the item fell out of my pocket and a teacher had seen it,” the boy said.
Officials at Uptown Complex categorized that foam dart as a “self-constructed weapon” because it had a toothpick stuck in it, the distraught mother said..
“It’s completely ludicrous,” she told FoxNews.com. “I could understand if he had the [toy] gun in class and tried to shoot someone, but he didn’t. All he had was the dart with a broken toothpick in it.
Aarin said that he places the toothpick in the foam bullets so they would stick to the ground when he fired them from his Nerf gun and that he accidentally brought it to school.
“They want me to like say that I did it on purpose, I put it in my pocket to hurt someone,” he told one local paper.
According to the school’s weapons policy, “Anything readily capable of lethal use or inflicting serious bodily injury” is prohibited on campus.
[Ed. – Because a foam dart, with a broken toothpick, WITHOUT the dart gun, could inflict “lethal” or “serious bodily injury”? I’m thinking we may need new teachers and administrators at this school. Possibly consider requiring they pass a “common sense” skills test! Good grief!]
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