Seven-year-old boy lobs pretend grenade during recess, gets suspended

A he said-she said drama worthy of a really, really bad television crime procedural has developed at an elementary school in Loveland, Colorado over an imaginary grenade hurled by a second grader at a box full of make-believe bad guys.

Seven-year-old Alex Evans said he was merely trying to save the planet from evil last Friday afternoon, reports KDVR. That’s why he lobbed the pretend grenade — probably heroically far — on the playground during recess at Mary Blair Elementary School.

Even though Evans didn’t actually throw a grenade or threaten anyone, school officials reportedly told his mother that his creative play broke two crucial rules. The school’s list of “absolutes” includes no real or pretend fighting, no real or pretend weapons.

Mary Blair Elementary principal Valerie Lara-Black called home on Friday to report that Evans had been suspended for pretending to toss an imaginary grenade at make-believe evildoers, according to Mandie Watkins, Evans’s mother.

“I was trying to save people and I just can’t believe I got dispended,” the seven-year-old adorably explained to the Denver FOX affiliate. “I pretended the box, there’s something shaking in it, and I go ‘pshhh.'”

Watkins doesn’t think her son should have been suspended.

“Honestly I don’t think the rule is very realistic for kids this age,” she told KDVR. “I think that when a child is trying to save the world, I don’t think he should be punished for it.”

Watkins has decided to remove her son — along with her fourth-grade daughter — from school indefinitely.

Meanwhile, school officials tell a different story, or at least they’ve started telling a different story ever since they became a national laughingstock for suspending a seven-year-old boy who threw a pretend grenade during recess.

“He was not suspended for having an imaginary weapon,” school district spokesman Mike Hausmann told the Loveland Reporter-Herald. “The district itself has never expelled or suspended a student for having an imaginary weapon.”

“This is a much more complicated issue than has been portrayed,” Hausmann added.