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Police called to home of boy with toy gun in virtual class: 'I could have been burying my son today,' mom says

Added 09-17-20 07:11:01am EST - “A Black seventh grader from Colorado had the police called to his house because he was playing with a toy gun during virtual art class. His mom, Dani Elliott, believes that if anyone did anything wrong, it was the school.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Police called to home of boy with toy gun in virtual class: 'I could have been burying my son today,' mom says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

As students nationwide kick off fall classes in a new virtual environment, one Black seventh grader in Colorado is waiting to find out if he will attend school again this fall at all. 

What started off as a normal day of virtual learning ended with the police being called on the 12-year-old boy because he was playing with a toy gun during virtual art class. Now the boy, Isaiah, has a record with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, and received a five-day suspension from the school and a mark on his school disciplinary paperwork saying he brought a “facsimile of a firearm to school” even though he never left his house. The toy gun was painted black and green with the words “Zombie hunter” on the side.

Isaiah’s mom, Dani Elliott, believes that if anyone did anything wrong, it was the school. “There were several issues that I felt were very inappropriate and illegal [on its part],” Elliott said in an interview with Yahoo News. “It was just a gross overreach of their authority.”

It happened on Aug. 27, the third day of distance learning at Grand Mountain School in Colorado Springs. An art teacher noticed Isaiah, who has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, playing with something on the virtual screen and sent Elliott an email at 10:17 a.m. notifying her that Isaiah had been distracted during class by an “assumed toy gun,” Elliott says. Elliott immediately responded, assuring the teacher that it was, in fact, a toy gun and that she would speak with her son about the incident.

But police were summoned to the school at around noon, according to a police report, and at 1:41 p.m., Elliott, who was at her job as a contractor for the military, was notified that police were going to her home for a health and wellness check.

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