A first grader in Pennsylvania was suspended for telling his teacher that he accidentally brought a toy gun to school in his backpack. Now, his parents are calling for the incident to be taken off their son’s record.

This morning on Fox and Friends, Elisabeth Hasselbeck spoke to seven-year-old Darin Simak and his mother Jennifer Mathabel.

WTAE.com reported:

Mathabel said her son left his usual backpack in a friend’s car the night before, so he packed another one but missed the toy gun inside.

“So I send my child to school. My child discovers a fake toy gun at about 1:30 p.m. He turns it in to the teacher and he's sent to the office and suspended,” said Mathabel.


The New Kensington-Arnold School District superintendent said that bringing a toy gun to school violates the district’s policy at the highest level and requires a child to be suspended immediately until a meeting can be held to discuss what happened and whether punishment is warranted.

Simak was suspended, but his mom sent him back to Martin Elementary the next day. Mathabel said she received a call from the school notifying her that Simak wasn’t supposed to be there. After arguing that it was her son’s right to be educated, he was placed on in-school suspension.

“We are definitely sending the wrong message to kids that telling the truth will get you in trouble,” she said.