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Kid With Toy Gun Suspended While Virtual Schooling At Home.

Isaiah Elliott is a 12 year old who attends Grand Mountain School (K-8) in Colorado.

Isaiah has been diagnosed with ADHD and other learning disabilities.

While attending a virtual art class, young Isaih picked up a toy gun and moved it from one side of the screen to the other.

Out of the blue, the Elliots were dealing with the police at their door.

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.

“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.

What makes this case even stranger is that the school was actually recording the classroom. Parents and students were unaware their homes were being recorded. Colorado is a one party consent state for recording, so the school may be legally able to record, but they had the video of the incident in which the lime green gun with the required-by-law orange tip was visible.

What is even more bizarre is that the school refused to supply the video to the parents. The parents only saw that video when the police showed it to them while “investigating.”

The parents are rightfully upset by what happened.

How hard would it have been for the teacher or the principal to call the parents and explain what they had seen and their concerns?

Once again proving our belief that school system employees have to be really educated to be that stupid, the school called the police and in the process, traumatized the kid.

The Elliotts said their son was traumatized by deputies telling the 12-year-old his behavior could’ve led to criminal charges and might in the future if he were to do something similar again.

“He was in tears when the cops came. He was just in tears. He was scared. We all were scared. I literally was scared for his life,” said Curtis Elliot, fearful that deputies might overreact to having the school principal tell them a young Black boy was potentially armed with a gun.

It is clear that not only were the school and the teacher idiots, the police were idiots as well. Instead of a “gentle wellness check,” the police threatened the kid and or his parents with a crime? A crime that would separate the kid from his parents?……Over a TOY GUN?

Of course, the school district hid behind “privacy laws” which had nothing to do with the incident, In a statement emailed to several media outlets, the school wrote:

“Privacy laws prevent us from sharing students’ personal information which includes disciplinary action,” the statement reads. “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.”

(Right. Because some 12 year old can harm someone with a toy in his own home. Yeah, that makes sense.)

While we question the actual discipline of a five day suspension, the real issue to us is whether the school district has a responsibility much less a right to call the police on a 12 year old for possessing a TOY GUN?

Isaiah’s parents say if the district wants to respect families, it should show common sense and call parents if there is a concern with a child’s behavior.

“The virtual setting is not the same as the school setting,” said Curtis Elliot. “He did not take the toy gun to school. He’s in the comfort of his own home. It’s a toy.”

The school, the teacher and the district will pat themselves on the back, congratulating themselves for “caring about safety.”

In the meantime, the parents are dealing with a traumatized kid while looking for another school.

You read that correctly. Due to the idiocy, lack of common sense, and lack of common decency, the Elliots have taken Isaiah out of the school and are seeking to transfer him to a charter school or a private school.

The Elliots will be the ones dealing with the misfeasance of the educators and the police even though no one will hold the principal, the teacher or the cops accountable for their actions.

No wonder so many families think that police and the schools are their enemies.



2 Responses to “Kid With Toy Gun Suspended While Virtual Schooling At Home.”

  1. Percy says:

    I never would have made it through elementary school with today’s idiot educators. When did a kid exercising bad judgement become criminal, I thought that was part of growing up. When schools enter private homes virtually they need to understand the difference between criminal behavior and non criminal behavior and act accordingly. A toy gun being held by a 12 year old is not a crime. What if one of the parents had a legally owned and properly secured firearm that showed that showed up in the background, this also would not be a crime but I imagine these concerned educators would freak out and call in the swat teams rather than just talk to the parents. I have no problem with educators being concerned about a child’s welfare, but when there is no imminent threat shouldn’t they talk to the student/parents first to see if there is a real need to involve law enforcement.

    • AAfterwit says:

      Percy,

      Thanks for the comment.

      Two of our staff members discussed this at length.

      To one of them, there are two issues.

      The first issue which they both agreed up is the same issue that you brought up – this is not in a physical school building. There was no threat to the school, children, staff etc. Even if this was a read gun, the school has no business getting involved.

      The second part which infuriated the other staff member (sort of an enhanced infuriation) was that it was clear that the gun was a toy. It had the orange tip on it and everything. The police had the video showing this because when they showed up to the house, the showed the father the video. When the father asked for the video from the school, he was told he could not have it. The point being that the toy gun complied with the law and yet the police still showed up at the family’s door, threatening to arrest people if the same thing happened again.

      So the first outrage is a kid, in his home, not harming anyone is pounced upon by the police for the legal possession of an item. The “enhanced” outrage is that the police had to know that the gun was a toy and still demanded to be let in the front door.

      This is akin to a Baltimore area woman whose son is a Boy Scout who is trained in archery and firearm safety and owns several BB guns. He has the bow and several BB gun on a wall in his room and during the course of class, the things were shown. She too was visited by the police who came to investigate because of a screen shot sent to the police by the school. The woman asked the school to provide the screen shot, but was denied that as well.

      She makes a great point:

      “It’s absolutely scary to think about,” she said. “Who are on these calls? Who do we have viewing your children and subsequently taking these screenshots that can be sent anywhere or used for any purpose?”

      “Where are the lines drawn?” she added. “If my son is sitting at the kitchen island next to a butcher block, does that constitute a weapon? It’s not allowed at school, right? So, would my home then be searched because he’s sitting next to a butcher block,” Courtney said. “I feel like parents need to be made aware of what the implications are, what the expectations are.”

      Both sets of parents let the police in to search their homes, which we think is a mistake. But that is just us.

      Thanks again for the comment.

      A. Afterwit.

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