Updated: Sep 12, 2020
The story has been making headlines for days now:
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office wants to provide more clarity on a case that has gained national attention after a boy was suspended for brandishing a toy gun during an online class.
11 News covered the story last week and spoke to the mother of the 12-year-old child who was suspended from Grand Mountain Elementary in Widefield School District 3. According to a report filed by the school resource officer, two 12-year-old boys were in an art class when the teacher says they were both waving what looked like a toy gun around. The teacher emailed the parents and told the school principal. The principal then called the sheriff’s office.
A deputy showed up to the homes of both children to make sure the gun was a toy.
“We take these situations seriously and we have to respond to circumstances such as these as public safety is our number one priority,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a post. “The School Resource Officer took the appropriate action and was kind and respectful throughout the interaction. His goal was to educate the involved parties.”
In our prior article, we had been focusing on the teacher herself, which it appears the teacher first reached out to the child’s parents (emails obtained via FOIA by Mom-At-Arms). In our communications with the school district, they were very responsive and obliged by the CORA/FOIA request without hesitation (due to threats the staff has been receiving which is mentioned in our email communications, we asked to have redactions in place, even though most requests are fulfilled with names and emails, our intent is to investigate the situation itself, not individual people).
The email also was CC’d to other district staff, which is seen here:
This seems to mostly match the police report taken regarding the incident:
So, the events are as follows:
Art teacher emailed parents about incident