MILLSTADT , ILLINOIS ( KTVI)- A 5 – year old Millstadt kindergarten student caused a scare after he brought a toy gun to school Thursday. The child’s mother claims her son received the toy as a school Christmas present.
5- year old Alex is a student at Millstadt Primary Center . A school for kindergarten through second grade. His mother , Diana King says Alex decided to bring a toy gun to school for “Show and Tell” not realizing what would happen. “I got a call yesterday from the principal. my 5- year old had brought a gun to school . A play toy gun.
King turned the gun over to the school but showed me a similar toy gun. The school sent home a letter to parents informing them that a student brought a toy weapon to school . The letter also states the student played with the toy gun in a multi purpose room in front of kids. “Yesterday at school we had a incident happen where we had a toy gun brought to school by a younger student. Our staff handled it appropriate as well as our administration,” said Superintendent, Jonathan Green
“I understand the incidents with guns at school but it was a toy and he knew this ,” said Alex’s mother. King claims Alex received the toy gun as gift at a Christmas party at the school. King is confused why the school would suspend her son instead of taking the blame . “He doesn’t understand he’s 5- years old. He got it from the school for Christmas.
The superintendent did confirmed the school held a Christmas gathering and passed out toys , but the superintendent also says he checked all the toys personally and would never give out inappropriate gifts. He says he knows for a fact there were no toys guns.” I know for sure we do not give out gifts like that,said Green.
School officials say although the gun was not real, no one was in danger they hope that parents will take this as a reminder what is appropriate to bring to school.
School leaders suspended Alex for two days. His mother plans to appeal