After first-grader Darin Simak left his backpack in a friend’s car on Tuesday night, his mother marshaled a substitute for her son to take to school on Wednesday.
Little did she know a toy gun was inside the stand-in.
Later on in the day, Simak discovered the toy during class. But instead of stuffing it back inside the backpack and perhaps scooting home without incident, the 7-year-old decided to take a different course.
He approached his teacher and handed over the toy gun: “I’m not a-sp’osed to have this,” Simak recalled to WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh.
With that, Simak was sent to the office at Martin Elementary School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania — about 20 miles northwest of Pittsburgh — and suspended, said his mother, Jennifer Mathabel.
But by the next morning, Mathabel decided she wouldn’t comply — and sent her son to school Thursday.
“I got a phone call from the principal at 9 a.m., and she said, ‘Darin is not to be in school,’” Mathabel told WTAE. “I said, ‘I’m sending him to school because he is entitled to be in school and be educated.’”
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