A daycare in Troy, Illinois, has suspended a 4-year-old preschooler for 7 school days for bringing an empty shell casing from a fired .22 LR cartridge.
Kristy Jackson, mom of 4-year-old Hunter, described what happened when she picked up her son from school in a Facebook post that has since gone viral.
So, as you just found out, it turns out the shell casing came from a target practice session with Hunter’s police officer grandpa. It appears Hunter simply picked it up off the ground and brought it to show off to his friends. No danger, no “shotgun bullet,” but Hunter is still forced to miss 7 days of school because of the incident.
Fox News reports that the school’s vice president emailed Kristy to let her know he was notifying the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, (DCFS) citing that since A Place 2 Grow was licensed by DCFS, DCFS needed to be notified.
So the question is, if this was your child, would they be returning to that school after the 7 day suspension is up?
Sure, it might seem like a knee-jerk reaction to pull your child out of the school, but this could have been a big teaching/learning moment for everyone involved. The school really dropped the ball here, and that shouldn’t go overlooked.