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Toy Gun Causes Disturbance On Palmer Elementary School Bus

Toy Gun

PALMER, Mass. (WGGB) — A plastic Lego sized gun caused a disturbance on a Old Mill Pond Elementary School bus Friday morning.

Mieke Crane is the mother of the six-year-old kindergarten student who brought the gun on the bus.

“I think they over-reacted totally. I totally do,” said Crane.

Another student on the bus saw the toy and yelled to the driver.

“She said he caused quite a disturbance on the bus and that the children were traumatized,” said Crane.

The school sent home a letter to parents of students who take the bus explaining what happened. It stressed no gun was on the bus and there was never any danger.

The letter also has photo of the toy showing it’s actual size, which is slightly larger than a quarter.

“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.

She is upset with how her son is being disciplined. She says he had to write an apology letter to the driver, has detention on Tuesday and could be temporarily suspended from the bus.

The other student, who yelled about seeing the gun, also had to apologize.

Crane and that student’s mother, who did not go on camera, think this is sending the wrong message. The two agree speaking up is what the students are trained to do if they see something wrong like a gun.

Meantime, Crane says her son knows guns are bad and that they shouldn’t be in school.

“At six-years-old. I don’t really think he understood the zero tolerance policy and related it to this as the same,” said Crane.

We reached out to the Superintendent and Principal’s office by phone and email, but have not received a comment.

UPDATE: May 28 – Crane says that she has spoken with the school’s principal and her son will not be facing discipline.

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  • anonymous777

    Wow SERIOUSLY!! SERIOUSLY THOUGHT was it loaded??

  • my3boys

    I live in palmer and to be honest my son goes there and they def do over react if it were way bigger like a real Gunn size i can see discipline ! And i say that because yes he’s six but sine kids that age have killed but that Gun is penny size and was very stupid on How it is being dealt with

  • my3boys

    “Some” kids

  • my3boys

    Yes very true Liz but i also recall violence not so out of control like it is now but i do agree it was dealt with uneducated

  • bagpip

    Of all the stupidity I have ever read in the news, this tops them all. To the mom of the boy: sue their dumba**** off. I would not apologize, I would hang up on them if they call, and I would move my son from that stupid hick town to a normal school where morons and idiots are NOT in charge. The driver should be fired, the kid who yelled “gun” expelled, and an apology to the student is in order. In fact, we should all meet at that school and protest this act of sheer stupidity.

    • KayDee911

      And if you are who I think you are (judging by your screen name you are exactly who I think you are), I am not surprised you would suggest they attempt to sue and get a pay day out of this..lol. Speaking of over-reacting… Driver should be fired and lose their lively hood for reacting to another child yelling “gun”? The YOUNG child (who clearly isn’t educated about guns at all) who yelled “gun” expelled? Really? Do you hear yourself? I’m sure glad I went to a neighboring hick town school and not to the school you clearly were so well educated at. (Or did you not even finish HS?) Over-reaction by the school system? Check. Over-reaction by “bagpip”? Check. Hypocrite exposed? Check, and mate!

      • bagpip

        Well Kay, if you know my name then you know my initials with “I” inserted, then yes it is me.
        The rest of your rant is negated by the fact that in the end, the school did do an about turn on this matter, and admitted overreacting, and dropped the detention. I was apparently somewhat right.

        • KayDee911

          I don’t think anyone disagrees that the school was over-reacting. But wouldn’t firing a bus driver and expelling a young child also be an equally ridiculous over-reaction?? The fact that the school has come around doesn’t negate my argument that your ideas of punishing the driver and other student are also over-reactions.

          • bagpip

            Sarcasm is an art form.

  • alpinequeen

    Kids are really stupid these days, but wait a few years.

  • Misses_ES

    My son has a powerwheel and its “kid-sized” but he ran over my foot with it and I swear he broke my toe. If this was anyone elses kid I could sue because its a replica of a real car which is considered negligent operation of a vehicle causing injury to someone right?! HAHAHAHA! Right.

    • bagpip

      Did he have insurance? A valid inspection sticker? I hope you sued.

  • Crusader2010

    “Crane says her son knows guns are bad and that they shouldn’t be in school.” I agree students shouldn’t have “Real” guns in school, but Gun themselves are not “BAD” The USA Gives Millions of Dollars worth of Automatic weapons to other countries to fight their Governments, and is try to disarm the american population. I recommend taking the guns from police and the sheriff Dept. in Massachusetts and see what happens.