Eight-year-old Kody Smith thought he was just doing what he was told when he drew a picture for a school assignment. But since what he saw was a gun, Kody was disciplined for his self-expression.
"Draw a picture of what you see in the clouds from your imagination, and that picture is a gun,” Kody explained to KKTV.
The local news channel reports that Kody was brought into the office of Talbott Elementary in Widefield, Colorado for his creative efforts. After a talking-to, his teacher filed a behavior report claiming Kody had disrupted the learning community.
The second-grader’s parents think the school administration has its head in the clouds.
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“He’s 8 years old. He was doing exactly what he was told to do for the assignment,” said Kody’s mother, Angel Rivers.
The boy’s parents are outraged that such a big issue was made out of a harmless drawing.
“It hurts. It hurts that he was so scared for being penalized for his imagination,” said Kody’s father, Jeff Smith.
The Widefield School District assured the parents that the black mark wouldn’t stay on the boy’s permanent record.
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“Our primary responsibility as a school district is to ensure safety of all staff, students and community,” the school district told KKTV in a statement. “We exercised an age-appropriate reaction to an incident. The student's education was never disrupted nor is this incident on the student's permanent record. Our response was in line with routine procedures focused on school safety.”