Boys with toy guns at home beware

Monday, September 14, 2020
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

policeman by patrol carA legal group that aims to make the government play by the rules of the Constitution agrees with the parents of a 12-year-old boy who say their son's punishment did not fit his crime.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office showed up unannounced at a Colorado home to check on the welfare of the student who was seen with a toy gun during an online school lesson. Isaiah Elliot was given a five-day suspension for flashing the toy gun with a bright, neon green barrel with the words "Zombie Hunter" on it across his computer screen during an online art class.

The boy's mom thinks the teacher should have contacted her or Isaiah’s father to clear up the matter, and John Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute agrees.

"The schools are almost assuming now, or they are assuming, that they are the parents," says Whitehead. "We can't let that happen. Parents should run the education system. They pay the taxes, and they should be treated as if they do that."

Whitehead, John (Rutherford Institute)"The virtual setting is not the same as the school setting," Curtis Elliot, Isaiah's dad, argues. "He did not take the toy gun to school. He's in the comfort of his own home. It's a toy."

Because the police even threatened to press charges against the boy, The Rutherford Foundation is considering litigation.

"If we can't get ahold of them, we're still writing a letter to the local school officials saying stop doing this stuff; back off," the attorney tells OneNewNow. "People forget … we do have a Fourth Amendment, and this is definitely and unreasonable search and seizure."

Fox reports the school will not apologize, and the Elliots are looking to enroll their son in a charter or private school.

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