A 7-year-old Pennsylvania boy was suspended and just barely escaped expulsion after he told a teacher that he accidentally brought a toy gun to his New Kensington school.
Darin Simak’s parents say he left his regular backpack at a friend’s house and his mother had to pack him another one.
His mother, Jennifer Mathabell, said she did not realize the toy gun was in the bag. When Darin saw it at school he brought it to his teacher because he knew it was against the rules.
Martin Elementary School suspended Darin on Tuesday and the boy had to face an expulsion hearing on Friday. Thankfully, the superintendent decided that Darin would not be expelled.
Still, his father, Chris Simak, maintains that his son "did the right thing, and we're trying to teach him the right way, and now they're teaching him the wrong way."
The school district policy on “replicas of weapons” calls for a one-year expulsion, but the superintendent is allowed to make exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
New Kensington-Arnold superintendent John Pallone declined to comment to Philly.com.