LOVELAND, CO (KDVR) – A make-believe game leads to suspension for one Colorado second grader. Seven year old Alex Evans doesn’t understand his suspension. He was playing the game during recess at Loveland’s Mary Blair elementary school and threw an imaginary grenade into a box with pretend evil forces inside. He did not 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.” said Alex Evans.
But his imaginary play broke the real rules. The school lists what it calls absolutes under the parent resources section of its website. Absolutely no fighting, real or imaginary, no weapons, real or imaginary.
Alex is like a lot of second graders and his mom says he doesn’t understand why pretending to be a solider is wrong. “I think that when a child’s trying to save the world I don’t think he should be punished for it.”