- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. (AP) - A 7-year-old boy western Pennsylvania boy who turned himself in after accidentally bringing a toy gun to school has been suspended for two days but will not be expelled.

The (Tarentum) Valley News Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1nX4JBo ) says the punishment for Darin Simak was handed down Friday after a hearing before New Kensington-Arnold schools superintendent John Pallone.

The boy was sent home Wednesday and told he could be expelled after telling a teacher he had the toy at Martin Elementary School. The boy can return to class Monday.

The boy’s mother, Jennifer Mathabell, says he forgot his regular book bag at a friend’s house, so she packed another one not realizing the toy was in it.

Mathabell understands the policy, but also thought expulsion was too severe for an accident - especially since her son told the truth.

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Information from: Valley News Dispatch, https://www.valleynewsdispatch.com

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