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Boy, 5, suspended for bringing plastic toy gun to school, mother says


UNDATED: Hopkinton, Mass. resident Christine Stone holds her son, Jonah. (

A Massachusetts mother says her five-year-old son was given a half-day suspension for bringing a toy gun to his kindergarten class on Wednesday.

Christine Stone tells that her son, Jonah, was punished by administrators at Center School in Hopkinton after he showed the plastic gun to another student.

The Boston Globe reports that Stone plans to appeal the suspension. She says the school's handbook makes no mention of toy weapons.

"I think they are going a little overboard. He really wasn’t doing anything wrong,” Stone tells the Globe. “He had no intent of hurting anyone and he was even sharing."

Stone says when she and her son met with an administrator and a school police officer, the Newtown shooting was discussed, forcing her to later explain the tragedy to her son, according to the Globe.

She plans to contact the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts if her effort to appeal the suspension is unsuccessful, the Globe reported.

School administrators declined a request for comment from, citing confidentiality reasons.

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