A Lego Gun the Size Of a Quarter Almost Landed a Kindergartener in Detention


A 6-year-old Kindergartner who was supposed to get detention for brandishing a Lego sized plastic gun on the school bus is no longer being punished by his school for the incident last week.

On May 24, the 6-year-old brought his plastic Lego toy gun, which is slightly bigger than a quarter, when another student yelled out after seeing the toy.

The boy's mother, Mieke Crane, insisted that officials at Old Mill Pond Elementary in Palmer, Mass., overreacted and the incident was blown out of proportion.

"She [the driver] said he caused quite a disturbance on the bus and that the children were traumatized," said Crane.

The school later sent home a letter to parents explaining what happened and stressed there was never any danger and no actual firearm aboard the bus. 

The letter also highlighted a photo of the toy showing it’s actual size.

“I could see if it was you know, an air soft gun or some sort of pistol or live bullets or something. This is just a toy,” said Crane.

Originally, when the school learned about the incident, they forced the 6-year old to write an apology letter to the driver, gave him detention to be served on Tuesday and could have been temporarily suspended from the bus. The student who yelled about the toy gun on the bus also had to issue an apology

However, things changed only after the bus surveillance video was viewed. 

“She [the principal] looked at the tape, the children were not standing up hollering, nobody was ducking, no one was screaming he has a gun," said Crane. "The little boy raised his hand properly the first time."

This wasn't the first incident for Old Mill Pond Elementary School where a child was pulled up for bringing a toy gun to school.

In May 2011, a 9-year-old was summoned to Juvenile Court for bringing an Airsoft toy gun on the school bus. 

This is also the latest incident in recent months highlighting anti-gun hysteria in schools that come off as over-vigilant, over-the-top and in some cases, just plain ridiculous. 

Earlier this year, a 7-year-old boy from Colorado was suspended from school for lobbing an imaginary grenade on the playground while pretending to be a hero soldier in his make-believe game called "rescue the world."

Around the same time, officials at an elementary school in Michigan confiscated a third grader's batch of 30 homemade birthday cupcakes because they were topped with green plastic figurines representing World War Two soldiers.