Nickolas Taylor, a 10-year-old fifth-grader at the school, was suspended for two days after pointing an imaginary ray gun – his finger – and “mouthing laser sounds” in the school’s cafeteria, the boy’s father, Brian Taylor, tells WCVB.
“I think this is very slanderous toward Nickolas and his character,” the boy’s father says.
“It was non-threatening. He’s just a typical boy with an imagination.”
A conduct slip, written by Assistant Principal Noah Collins, lists the offense as a threat, according to the news station.
The Milford Daily News reports Collins didn’t respond to “numerous” attempts to seek comment.
A review of the student handbook indicates toy weapons are explicitly listed as items banned from school grounds, imaginary weapons are not addressed.
“In the report provided by Brian Taylor, Collins writes two girls came to him saying that Nickolas cut the lunch line and, when confronted, pointed the imaginary gun at them while mouthing the shooting sounds,” according to the paper.
The boy says he was shooting his finger “in no particular direction.”
The father adds his son has been diagnosed with ADHD and sometimes gets in trouble because he is hyperactive and has difficulty focusing.
“He’s confused as to why he got suspended,” Brian Taylor says.
“He doesn’t realize he did something wrong.”
As to the policy, the father adds, “There’s a complete disconnect between policy and reality.”