Teacher Immediately Calls For Help After 5-Yr-Old Tells Her What's In Backpack

In a case of political correctness gone overboard, a school suspended a kindergarten student and noted on his permanent record that he made terrorist threats. The child came to school and pretended there was a bomb in his backpack.

His parents want mentions of terrorism off his school records.

The Green Valley Academy in Modesto, California called the parents of 5-year-old Jackson Riley to discuss a disciplinary issue. Jackson went to school on August 31 and told his teacher that he couldn't take off his backpack because it was wired with explosives, and it would go off if she tried to remove it.

Ian Riley, Jackson's father, got a call to come pick up his son. The school told Riley that Jackson was being suspended for a day. The school sent Mr. Riley and his wife, Michelle, a letter stating that their son 'intentionally engaged in harassment, threats or intimidation'.

The Rileys were a bit shocked by the harsh wording of the letter over Jackson's game of pretend. They claim the little boy doesn't even understand why his game was such a big deal.

The mother and father also found out that the school's charge on the boy's record is technically only for fourth graders and above, so they asked that it be changed to something that made more sense for a kindergartener.

The school withdrew the initial complaint and instead put in that Jackson 'made terroristic threats towards school officials'.

His parents cannot believe that the school escalated the incident.

“He was sent home, and he understands you can’t say ‘bomb’ at school. But he really doesn’t understand what the threat is,” said Michelle.

“He said he couldn’t take his backpack off because it would explode, meaning he doesn’t want anybody to get hurt,” Michelle said to KTXL.

“So I mean, granted, it’s all in the world of pretend-play, and we’re talking about an imaginary bomb. But where was the threat? We still haven’t really received a clear answer to that."

“He’s 5. He has an imagination. We just want what’s right, and what’s right in this instance is for our child to not have a permanent mark on his record because of this,” said Ian.

The Great Valley Academy say they can't comment on individual cases of students, but they did note in a statement that they do take 'student safety and discipline very seriously'.

According to Jackson’s parents, they don’t think the incident was fair, but Jackson is handling it well. He was out picking flowers for his teacher the next day, his mother said. Jackson’s parents also say they have no real complaints about the school or staff.

They’re worried about the impression that being labeled a ‘terrorist’, a pretty extreme word, will make in the future for teachers and administrators. They’re hoping the school will change it now so their little boy won’t run into trouble over it in the future.

Source: New York Post
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