Michelle Moody claims that her son Aarin, 11, was recently suspended from school for five days for a Nerf bullet with a toothpick.
Michelle says that the Uptown Complex School in Atlantic City, New Jersey, called her after the object fell out of her son's pocket.
“From their lookings that the quote unquote weapon looked like it was an imitation of a shank. It's a toy with a toothpick on it,” Michelle told CBS Philadelphia (video below).
Aarin, who is a special education student in the fifth grade, says he was taken to the principal's office by a security guard.
Michelle claims the vice principal originally told her that her son would be expelled, but that punishment was reduced to a suspension.
However, Aarin’s disciplinary records will state that he "was in possession of a self-constructed weapon," a serious accusation that could haunt the boy's academic future.
Aarin says he places a toothpick in the Nerf bullet so that it sticks when he plays at home, but forgot it was in his pocket while at school, noted RawStory.com.
“They want me to like say that I did it on purpose, I put it in my pocket to hurt someone,” Aarin told CBS Philadelphia.
The Uptown Complex School's policy reportedly defines a weapon as "anything readily capable of lethal use or inflicting serious bodily injury," which could logically apply to school furniture, equipment, books, pencils, pens or any other object.
“It’s mind baffling to me that someone would even take something as small as this to the highest extreme,” Michelle stated.
The Atlantic City Board of Education has not yet responded to CBS Philadelphia with a comment.