A plastic Lego sized gun caused a disturbance on a Old Mill Pond Elementary School bus Friday morning.
Mieke Crane is the mother of the six-year-old kindergarten student who brought the gun on the bus.
”I think they over-reacted totally. I totally do,” said Crane.
Another student on the bus saw the toy and yelled to the driver.
”She said he caused quite a disturbance on the bus and that the children were traumatized,” said Crane.
The school sent home a letter to parents of students who take the bus explaining what happened. It stressed no gun was on the bus and there was never any danger.
The letter also has photo of the toy showing it’s actual size, which is slightly larger than a quarter.
”I could see if it was you know, an air soft gun or some sort of pistol or live bullets or something. This is just a toy,” said Crane.
She is upset with how her son is being disciplined. She says he had to write an apology letter to the driver, has detention on Tuesday and could be temporarily suspended from the bus.
The other student, who yelled about seeing the gun, also had to apologize.
No parents want kids bringing guns or weapons to school. I think schools having a zero tolerance policy towards guns is perfectly fine. But this wasn’t even a squirt gun or a Nerf gun or a marshmallow gun. This is a teensy tiny teensy piece of plastic no bigger than a quarter. The biggest danger of a Lego gun? Stepping on a Lego gun in bare feet.
We all know that every day kids do horrific things at school. We all want to keep our children safe. But I don’t think this kindergarten student was a threat to anyone with his itty bitty weapon, and I think the punishment is pretty severe for this “crime.” I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at this, considering a very similar situation has happened before. If my kid was sent home a letter like this stating a classmate was being punished for bringing this teensy “weapon” to school, I’d be the mom calling the school and asking that they focus on real problems, like bullying and test score rather than this total non-issue. And I’d like to talk to Mrs. Crane to see how she raised a kid who keeps such good track of his toys.