A Life Lesson For Children: Teachers Can Be Ridiculous
COLLINSVILLE • A mother says her 4-year-old son was suspended for bringing an empty shell casing to school, and she took to social media to express her displeasure with how the school’s operators handled the matter.
But an official at the day care center says it followed its policies.
Parent Kristy Jackson, of Collinsville, said she was met by a “stone-faced teacher” Tuesday when she picked up her son from the Troy, Ill., early childhood center A Place to Grow. She said she was told her son had brought a “shotgun bullet” to school.
The object Jackson was handed wasn’t a bullet, she said in her public Facebook post, but the empty shell casing of a .22 rifle. She said her son had been target practicing with his grandfather, a police officer, over the weekend and also learned about gun safety.
Jackson said she was told her child would be suspended for seven days along with “a threat that if his enthusiasm for guns continued, he’d be permanently expelled,” she said on Facebook.
She continues, “This was a teaching moment. He never hurt anyone, or threatened anyone. This could literally happen to ANY CHILD who happened to find one on the ground and thought it was cool. He does not have access to ANY weapon in our home. This could have been handled by explaining appropriate behavior at school.”