A Young Boy was suspended from school and police were called over a toy gun in the background of his screen while attending a virtual class over zoom. The parents of the 12-year-old were livid with the decision after being notified that the police were on there a way to conduct a welfare check on the boy after the incident. More from KDVR:
On Thursday, Aug. 27, the seventh grader was attending on online art class when a teacher saw Isaiah flash a toy gun across his computer screen. The toy in question is a neon green and black handgun with an orange tip with the words “Zombie Hunter” printed on the side.
The teacher notified the school principal who suspended Isaiah for five days and called the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to conduct a welfare check on the boy without calling his parents first.
“It was really frightening and upsetting for me as a parent, especially as the parent of an African-American young man, especially given what’s going on in our country right now,” said Isaiah’s father, Curtis Elliott, in an exclusive interview with FOX31.
Curtis’ wife Dani Elliott was equally furious with the school’s decision to notify her, only after deputies were on their way to the family’s home.
This story has raised more concerns from parents around the country regarding the way teachers have been disciplining students outside of their view. This was certainly an extreme action taken by the school over something son innocent but many other schools have given out severe punishments for less. With schools coming back into session and many classes being held online, many parents are getting a first-person view of the public school system from the comfort of their own home and they are surprised by what they are seeing.