Kid suspended over imaginary gernade

LOVELAND, Colo. — A 2nd grader has been suspended from school in Loveland for a make believe game he was playing.

The 7-year-old says he was trying to save the world. But school administrators say he broke a key rule during his pretend play.

“I was trying to save people and I just can’t believe I got dispended,” says Alex Evans, who doesn’t understand his suspension any better than he can pronounce it.

“It’s called ‘rescue the world,’” he says.

He was playing a game during recess at Loveland’s Mary Blair Elementary School and threw an imaginary grenade into a box with pretend evil forces inside.

“I pretended the box, there’s something shaking in it, and I go ‘pshhh.’”

The boy didn’t throw anything real or make any threats against anyone. He explains he was pretending to be the hero. “So nothing can get out and destroy the world.”

But his imaginary play broke the school’s real rules. The school lists “absolutes” designed to keep a safe environment. The list includes absolutely no fighting, real or imaginary; no weapons, real or imaginary.

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6 Responses to Kid suspended over imaginary gernade

  1. Stefanie says:

    Oh, wow – this completely reminds me of this TedTalk I heard on NPR over the weekend:…

  2. The Cybernetic Entom says:

    Apparently they're one step away from banning boys at school. This is insane.

  3. Ben says:

    My 5-year-old son attends daycare at a state-licensed in-home facility. The teacher shared with us a few weeks ago that she is nervous that the boys will start playing "guns" at some point while a state administrator is there doing an inspection. Apparently that's a big no-no in the state's daycare rules. Because, you know, it's so easy to keep 5-year-old (and younger) boys from playing like policemen or army men. Ugh.

  4. LJW says:

    Just shut that school down now. The kids are being taught to be scared of everything and that adults are helpless
    humans who have no common sense at all. It's time to quit pretending the boys are all evil and girls are all sugar an spice. Kids need to be kids. Depriving kids of their imagination and childhood is just as much child abuse as physically assaulting them is.

  5. b_caesar says:

    Derrk & kerrver – it's a GERNADE!

    Sorry, couldn't resist…. 😉

  6. Vanderleun says:

    It would seem that Mary Blair has taken its website down and taken its main phone number off the system.

    The phone number that still works (for now) is one diget over in the hunt: (970) 613-6401

    For those that would like to express an opinion more directly.

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