Jackson Riley, a Kindergartener of a California elementary school, has been suspended over ‘terroristic threat’.
The elementary student was gathered to have joked about having a bomb in his backpack.
Riley had only spent three weeks in school, Great Valley Academy, before his suspension.
KTXL news station learnt from the officials of his school that the pupil refused to take off his backpack when he was asked to do so. He claimed that a bomb inside the bag would explode if he had to remove it.
In reaction to the incident, which occurred in August, the school suspended Riley and called his parents to come and pick him up.
Infuriated by the school’s decision, his parents sued the school for its extreme action, which would be on his record, permanently.
In the letter sent to the family, the school claims that the child “intentionally engaged in harassment, threats or intimidation,” while another letter stated that he had “made terroristic threats towards school officials.”
Riley’s mother, Michelle, told KTXL that they attributed his comments to his “imagination”.
“He said he couldn’t take his backpack off because it would explode, meaning he doesn’t want anybody to get hurt. So I mean, granted, it’s all in the world of pretend-play, and we’re talking about an imaginary bomb.”
His father, Ian, also said, “He’s 5. He has an imagination. We just want what’s right is right, and what’s right in this instance is for our child to not have a permanent mark on his record because of this.”
While the family is calling for the removal of the incident from his records, the Great Valley Academy officials released a statement, emphasising that they take the safety and discipline of their students very seriously.