Tiny Toy Gun Gets Boy Suspended

February 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A four inch long toy gun has landed a little boy in big trouble. The eight year old took the gun to his school in Portland, Oregon.It came with a GI Joe action figure he got for Christmas. When school officials discovered the toy gun, they suspended him for a day. They've also put a note into the boy's permanent file. Now his father says the school is going too far.

"I think it's a huge over-reaction, I mean, come on, it's not .. it's obviously not a real weapon, I mean, yeah.. I mean like I said before, if it was, you know, look like real weapon, I can understand, but common, I mean eh .. I fail to believe that that could be actually perceived as a real weapon," said Aron Anderson, a parent.

The Portland public school district says the punishment for the eight year old fits because the toy -- no matter how small -- is a simulated weapon.