WKMG-TV news reports that Jordan Bennett was handed a one-day suspension for playing a pretend game of ‘cops and robbers’ in the school yard at Harmony Community School in St. Cloud.
The boy’s mother is livid, and says that the punishment will tarnish her son’s record.
“There was nothing in his hand. He used his thumb and index finger,” Bonnie Bennett said. “It was a game. He made no threatening advances or threats to harm anyone. No words were said.”
“They took a child that has never been in trouble before and went to the extreme,” the mother added. “A child that has no history of violence is now classified as a violent offender.”
Without providing any specifics, the Osceola County School District told reporters that they did not see the incident as a harmless game, and that the boy’s actions “violated the code of student conduct”.
Mrs Bennett says she is willing to fight the District in order to get the suspension rescinded.
“I’m prepared to go to court if I have to because this is wrong. It’s wrong for my son and any other child if they’re faced with the same thing because of a game,” Bennett said.