An unidentified 10th-grade student was suspended from Lewiston High School in Maine this week for bringing a yellow water gun on campus.
The water gun reportedly fell out of the teen's backpack at school.
The teen was suspended for ten days because of the school district's zero-tolerance policy against real and toy guns.
"Without comments on the specifics of this case, I can say that a student bringing a water pistol to school will, at first, be told that they are being suspended from school for 10 days," Lewiston School Superintendent Bill Webster told the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal.
"We then work to get more facts and complete a review that often results in a reduction of the suspension period," added Webster. "Also, it is not uncommon for other factors to enter into the suspension decision, including the level of student cooperation."
Webster claimed the yellow water gun "certainly looks innocent enough on one hand, but can be used in a disruptive way and lead, perhaps, to students bringing other water pistols that may not look so benign."
The Lewiston Public School policy manual reads:
Students also shall not use any object, although not necessarily designed to be a weapon, to inflict bodily harm and/or to threaten, intimidate, coerce or harass an other person (examples include but are not limited to bats, lighters, tools and toy weapons).
According to WCSH 6, the student who had the water gun has tweeted in the school's defense:
1. smh this water gun incident is being blown up, I HAD A WATER GUN YES. LHS didn't do anything they just followed STATE protocol
2. all these NEWS ppl need to stop cause this is ridiculous, the incident has been TAKEN CARE of.