A Denver area elementary school suspended a seven-year-old boy for using an imaginary grenade while playing a game on the playground in which he is a hero pretending to save the world from evil forces.
Second-grader Alex Evans pretended to throw a grenade into a box as part of the game he made up and calls "Rescue the World."
"I was trying to save people and I just can't believe I got dispended," Evans told Denver's Fox 31. "I pretended the box, there's something shaking in it, and I go - pshhh.'"
But the pretend game had some very real consequences. It violated rules at Mary Blair Elementary in Loveland, Colo., that say "no fighting, real or imaginary; no weapons, real or imaginary," Fox 31 reports.
His mom, Mandie Watkins, thinks the rule goes overboard. "Honestly I don't think the rule is very realistic for kids this age," she said.
Via Fox 31Denver