Colorado Springs, CO – A 12-year-old boy was suspended from school after a teacher saw a toy gun during an online class and the school district called the police.
Isaiah Elliott never brought the toy gun to school, according to KDVR.
The seventh-grader at Grand Mountain school was attending an online art class on Aug. 27 when his teacher saw him flash a toy gun across the computer screen, according to KDVR.
The toy gun was neon green and black handgun with an orange tip with the words “Zombie Hunter” printed on it.
The teacher informed the school principal who then suspended the boy for five days, according to The New York Post.
The principal also called the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office so the police could do a welfare check.
The school district did not inform the parents of the impending welfare check, according to KDVR.
“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 Curtis Elliott, Isaiah’s father, according to KDVR.
Dani Elliott, the mother of Isaiah, said she was angry with how the school district responded.
“For them to go as extreme as suspending him for five days, sending the police out, having the police threaten to press charges against him because they want to compare the virtual environment to the actual in-school environment is insane,” said Dani Elliott, according to KDVR.
The parents said they weren’t aware the school district was recording their son’s virtual class. They said the school district refused to provide the video to them.
A sheriff’s deputy recorded the video on his body camera and then showed it to Curtis Elliott, according to KDVR.
The father said his son picked up the gun and moved it to the other side and it cross the computer screen for two seconds at the most.
The parents said their child was traumatized when police said it could have led to criminal charges and may if he were do something similar again.
The school district released a statement, according to KDVR.
“Privacy laws prevent us from sharing students’ personal information which includes disciplinary action,” the statement said, according to KDVR. “We follow all school board policies whether we are in-person learning or distance learning. We take the safety of all our students and staff very seriously. Safety is always our number one priority.”