Third-grader pulls toy gun from backpack

Published 9:14 pm Thursday, May 10, 2012

A third-grader from Booker T. Washington Elementary School has been recommended for an administrative hearing after pulling a toy gun from his book bag while riding the bus home Wednesday, according to a statement from a Suffolk Public Schools spokeswoman.

The boy did not threaten anyone with the toy gun, spokeswoman Bethanne Bradshaw stated in an email.

Possessing a toy gun violates the district’s weapons policy. The disciplinary action is a “recommendation for (an) administrative hearing” because the boy is under 10, Bradshaw stated. If he were 10 or older, expulsion would have been recommended, she added.

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Administrative hearings have to be held within 10 days of an offense being reported.