According to FOX 18, 4-year-old Hunter Jackson has been suspended from his preschool for bringing a shell casing from a fired bullet to school. Yup, SEVEN DAYS for a shell casing.
Kristy Jackson, Hunter’s mom, said “I was met with a stone-faced teacher who said that my son had a shotgun bullet. I was horrified thinking, ‘where could he have gotten this?’” recalling when she picked up Hunter from the preschool in Troy, IL, Tuesday.
The parents received a letter from the school’s director saying the family had repeatedly been reminded about Hunter using other toys as make believe guns, in violation of school policy including Monday,
Jackson said the casing came from a visit with Hunter’s grandpa who is a Caseyville police officer, and has made it a point to teach Hunter about hunting and responsible gun use at a young age.
Jackson who said she’s not sure if Hunter will return to the school said “[Hunter] just was wandering around in a field and picked up and put it in his pocket and didn’t tell his parents…it’s paranoia. It’s something that’s become quite an epidemic where guns are automatically assumed that they’re bad…and I’m not sure how a 7-day suspension teaches my son anything about tolerance or anything about why he was wrong. It just means his school doesn’t want him there because of things he enjoys,”
To make matters worse the family was informed that the school notified the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). The school’s vice president said that A Place 2 Grow was licensed by DCFS, DCFS needed to be notified.
The Collinsville story has gone viral after Hunter’s mom posted the story on Facebook. ~grace