Hopkinton boy's suspension reversed
HOPKINTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- A five-year-old Hopkinton boy who was punished for bringing a toy gun to school earlier this week has had his suspension removed from his record.
But the student's mother isn't ending the fight, saying the fight will move to the statehouse.
“Obviously they must agree with that Jonah had enough punishment already,” said Christina Stone, Jonah’s mother. “These are not weapons, they're toys. He should be allowed to play with toys – kids should be allowed to play with toys and he’s going to.”
“He seems to be okay, I don’t know how well he really knows what’s going on,” said Jonah’s father.
Five-year-old Jonah is back in school, and his family says the whole situation has been blown out of proportion.
“I think that a perfect world would have been, he’s a five-year-old, he’s not using it as a weapon,” Jonah’s father said.
“A kindergartner getting called out over the loudspeaker and kept after school without the other kids, that’s pretty terrifying for them, so it needs to stop,” said Stone.
Stone is hoping for state legislation to help prevent punishment for kids who find themselves in similar situations.
“This needs to stop happening all across the country, people need to stop being afraid of their own shadows,” said Stone.
She also says the school handbook will be reviewed. But in the end, the family says they're glad they can move forward from this.
“Hopkinton’s a great school system; I’m glad they came through and had some common sense in this,” Stone said.
Jonah’s family stresses they didn’t know the boy brought the gun to school. Jonah’s father also said he understands the school was put in a difficult position.
The school district didn’t comment on the matter.