On Tuesday night a first grade student left his backpack in a friend’s car so his mother needed to find a replacement for school on Wednesday, little did she know that a toy which was left in there would cause serious amounts of trouble.
So Darin Simak went off to school at Martin Elementary School like normal, with his other backpack, then later in the day found the toy gun inside. Rather than trying to keep it a secret and just letting it be so he could just quietly take it home, he decided he was going to be honest with school officials.
“I’m not a-sp’osed to have this,” Simak said when he approached the teacher with the harmless toy.
So the teacher took the toy from him and sent him off to the principal’s office, where he was immediately suspended for having the toy. However his mother, Jenifer Mathabel, wasn’t happy with the suspension and had a different plan instead.
The next day she sent Darin off to school like normal.
“I got a phone call from the principal at 9 a.m., and she said, ‘Darin is not to be in school,’” she recalled. “I said, ‘I’m sending him to school because he is entitled to be in school and be educated.’”
Administrators stuck by their decision and gave Simak in-school suspension until his father was able to come and pick him up from school.
According to the superintendent, bringing a toy gun into school violates the district’s zero tolerance policy at the highest level. Because of this, students are immediately suspended and the parents are required to meet with administrators to discuss the matter further along with the possible punishment.
The district’s policy calls for a one-year expulsion for anything that can be deemed a replica of a weapon, however it does allow for the superintendent to modify their punishment on a case-by-case basis.
Mathabel still isn’t happy, and questions the logic behind the school’s decision.
“What kind of message are we sending to our kids? To tell the truth, yet you get in trouble for it and you get punished for it?”
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