Chase Lake Elementary School in Edmonds, Washington suspended several students for bringing in Nerf guns for a school project, despite prior approval from a teacher.
The students’ teacher allegedly gave them permission to bring in the toys guns for a class project on probability. However, the students began playing with the toys outside of class before their presentation, and the school suspended all students involved for one day and barred them from serving on the student council in the future and taking an advanced algebra class.
School spokeswoman Amanda Ralston defended the school’s policy, saying, “It’s a matter of safety and it’s of the utmost importance. So even if it’s a toy, we take it seriously.”
One of the parents of a suspended student believed that the school overacted to the incident, especially since the teacher allegedly allowed the students to bring in the toys.
“If the teacher and the school staff don’t even know their own rules, how are the children supposed to know them?” said parent Shannon Shumard.
The parents of the students involved are appealing the suspensions at the school district headquarters.