- The Washington Times - Friday, May 31, 2013

A Maryland family is appealing their 5-year-old son’s school suspension over a toy cap gun, characterizing the boy’s two-hour interrogation and subsequent 10-day boot from class a bit over the top.

The Calvert County kindergartner’s troubles began Wednesday, when he carried an orange-tipped unloaded toy cap gun inside his backpack on the school bus, WJLA News reported. Shortly before lunch, school officials called the boy to the office to account for a claim that he pointed the toy gun at someone on the bus and pretended to shoot. The boy – during a two-hour interrogation that ensued – denied he pointed his toy at anyone.

The boy reportedly urinated on himself during the interrogation period, which was conducted absent his family, and before they were even contacted, WJLA reported.

Following, the boy was given 10 days’ suspension, various media reported.

His mother, who requested anonymity, filed an appeal on Thursday, arguing it was wrong for administrators to interrogate her son absent her presence, and saying the punishment handed him does not fit the crime, WJLA reported.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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