A 7-year-old boy, who was suspended for two days after playing a game of make-believe with his friend, returned to school on Wednesday.
Christopher Marshall, a second grader at Driver Elementary School in Suffolk, Virginia and his classmate were playing with their pencils, pointing them at each other and making machine gun noises when a concerned teacher pulled them into the principals’ office.
“I got a call from Christopher’s school at 12:30 on Friday,” the boy’s mother, Wendy Marshall, 34, a stay-at-home mother of five, told Yahoo! Shine. “His teacher told me that Christopher and his friend were playing with pencils, making machine gun and ‘bang bang’ noises. I asked if they were pointing the pencils at anyone else, if they were angry or hostile, disrupting class, or refused to stop when asked and the teacher said no. I told her that I would speak to Christopher but his teacher said she was under obligation to report them anyway.”
Wendy immediately picked up her son from school and when she got there, the principal explained that due to the school’s zero tolerance policy against weapons or anything that resembles a weapon, Christopher would be suspended on Monday and Tuesday, allowed to return on Wednesday.
“When I asked him about it, he said, ‘Well I was being a Marine and the other guy was being a bad guy,’” said Paul Marshall, the boy’s father. “It’s as simple as that.”