Second Grader Suspended for Trying to Save the World

Say What!? 97

saving the worldHave you heard the one about the 7-year-old who was suspended from school for trying to save the world? No, it's not a joke. Alex Evans was playing what second graders at his Colorado elementary school call "rescue the world" when he threw an imaginary grenade at an (also imaginary) box of evil forces.

Uh oh. You noticed it, right? The g-word? Alex's mom says he was sent home from Mary Blair Elementary School for breaking a rule against all weapons -- real or imaginary.

The fact that Alex was fighting on the side of good when he dropped the word grenade on the playground hasn't swayed the school administrators who are standing firm on his suspension.

Go ahead and raise your eyebrows. Sadly, Alex and his family aren't alone. In recent weeks we've seen a 6-year-old suspended for pointing his finger at a pal and saying "pow," and a couple of first graders kicked out of school for playing cops and robbers.

It's ridiculous. But it's also happening. Which means that we as parents have a duty to sit our kids down and talk to them about what they should and shouldn't say on the playground.

I made the decision to do it recently after hearing about a 6-year-old who was suspended for saying he wanted to "blow up" his school. I know the kid wasn't going to strap a backpack full of C4 on his back. He's in kindergarten! But I also don't want my kid to be the next kid who says something silly and ends up spending several days home with me.

I sat my 7-year-old down and went over a list of words she better not say inside a school building. Blow up. Shoot. Kill. Knife. Gun.

I felt ridiculous. Not too many years ago we would have accepted that our kids are just kids, that they don't have malicious intentions when they point their fingers at a classmate and say "bang."

Alex Evans certainly wasn't being malicious when he tried to "rescue the world." He was just being a kid.

Unfortunately, our kids aren't allowed to just be kids anymore. And it's up to us to keep them safe from the adults who will twist their childish antics into something darker.

Have you sat your child down and specifically talked about what words they can't say in school?


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LostS... LostSoul88

I understand the rule but suspending is going way to far. They should have told im he isn't allowed to play pretend weapons. Schools are getting worse and worse. Our society is crashing fast.

ruby_... ruby_jewel_04

Oh for fuck sake. Schools are getting ridiculous about kids just being kids. Chill the hell out man.

mommy... mommyof5cutties

Gone are the days of an innocent game of cowboys and Indians... smh at all of this.

Melis... Melissa1508

This is fucking stupid.  We played stuff like this all the time when we were kids and no one ever tried to shoot someone or blow someone up for real.  Ridiculous.

jagam... jagamama0710

Absolutely insane. Schools are being so stupid about these things. 

I won't have a special talk with my children though about what games they can or cannot play on the playground. If something like this were to happen over something so ridiculous, I'd take it up with the school first and if they refused to change their minds, then my children would be out.


JessL... JessLogansMommy

Yep, I had a talk with my son about playing guns at school because if he gets suspended for playing cops and robbers, he'll probably get expelled for the words I'd have for the administration :)

Dan Silagi

Zero tolerance means zero brains. This idiot of a principal should face a real suspension, and not an imaginary one.

ethan... ethans_momma06

Also? I think it's ridiculous and effed up that we have to teach our kids a list of words that they are unable to utter in school. Out of th emouths of innocent babes! I reject that this is what it has come to. And, I refuse to strip my child of his innocence and teach him to succumb to the fear and overreactions of others.

Enough is enough is enough.

jagam... jagamama0710

Exactly what ethans_momma said.

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