Student Suspended From School Over Gun Keychain
It’s reasonable that society is on edge after the numerous incidents of gun violence that have taken place his year, but a keychain isn’t going to kill anybody.
According to The NY Daily News
A 12-year-old boy was suspended from a Rhode Island middle school after a gun keychain — just bigger than the size of a quarter — dropped out of his backpack during class.
Joseph Lyssikatos said a classmate scooped the novelty pistol from the ground and began showing it to other students at Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School in Coventry when a teacher confiscated it on Thursday.
“I didn’t know that (there) was anything wrong with it,” the seventh-grader told NBC 10 News.
Lyssikatos was suspended for three days and banned from a class field trip to Salem at the end of the month.
The boy’s mother, Bonnie Bonanno, was outraged at the punishment.
“That’s disgraceful,” said the woman, adding that the suspension alone was “enough for him mentally.”
School officials declined to comment, but gave the news station a copy of its zero-tolerance policy, which states that suspensions are determined by the principal.
Lyssikatos’ family said the school’s behavior specialist issued the suspension — who, along with the principal and the superintendent, won’t return their calls.
“This is no bigger than my thumb,” said the mother, looking at the toy gun, which is barely two inches long. “(The classmate) was the one waving it or showing it to other kids, not Joseph. Joseph wasn’t doing that, so why weren’t both of them reprimanded?”