Mass. School Upset Over 5-Year-Old’s LEGO Gun
HYANNIS, Mass. (CNN) — Most kids love to play with LEGOs and can build lots of things with them. A five-year-old boy on the Cape is facing possible school suspension for what he built with his LEGOs.
The boy’s family thinks school officials are going a little bit too far.
5-year-old Joe Cruz loves his LEGOs.
He was making a dinosaur. “It’s the one with the long neck,” Joe notes.
But Joe can also make a toy gun out of LEGOs. He did it for us, but when he made one of these at his after-school program, the teacher sent him home with a letter threatening the 5-year-old with a two week suspension.
“It was absurd. I couldn’t believe that they were gonna kick my son out of daycare for two weeks over a little toy gun. I mean, it wasn’t even a gun. It was a LEGO,” says mom Sheila.
According to school officials, Joe made the LEGO gun then began chasing other kids with it, while making shooting sounds.
Barnstable Superintendent Mary Czajkowski says, “Even a LEGO gun, okay? Pointing a gun and making shooting sounds can be uncomfortable to somebody and it’s not respectful, and if you’re told to stop it, the student should adhere to that.”
The Cruz family says they’re fully aware of the tragic events nationwide in recent years, but that school officials are overreacting to a 5-year-old using his imagination.
“How can a 5-year-old be expected to conform his behavior to that of an adult? You can’t,” says family attorney George Mackoul.
Sheila adds, “Yeah, it bothers me that he can’t go to school and be a kid.”
School officials told WBZ-TV that they’re just trying to create a culture of respect in all their classes.