He brought a toy gun to the food court, was expelled from school, and his mother criticized the decision. Photo: Birmingham Live
“It’s an extreme decision”. “It’s not a school, it’s the Army”. So, sadly, Pauline Pollard referred to the attitude of the school her son attends to the child.
And the controversy is left open: what are the limits of authority? What is considered bullshit and what is wrong behavior?
It so happened that little Mitchell, 12 years old, was expelled from school for carrying a black and yellow toy gun at a fast food joint and give it to a friend who, according to the woman, “shot a couple of binaril to two other students.
For its part, the institution insists that any decision to exclude a student is not arbitrary. However, Pauline (53) suggested. the methods of punishment are quite extreme.
Even tried everything “be a joke”the result was not good for Mitchell and his family.
Pauline said her father was unfairly expelled from school. Photo: Birmingham Live
The fact that he was wearing a guns -according to his mother, a toy; according to the school, compressed air – at a McDonald’s before going to class is severe punishment and the boy lost his registration, reported The mirror.
In fact, he has been expelled from Christ Church, in Yardley Wood, Birmingham, Great Britain, a new school that opened its doors just over six months ago.
Pauline, who works as a cleaning lady, said her son was a victim of a “unfair treatment” and compared the institution to a “military camp”.
for the woman, the boy is not “lost” and “they considered it a danger” despite the fact it didn’t harm anyone, the medium featured.
“We found out early on that school was pretty tough,” Pauline said. “And while I think it’s okay that they’re trying to set a benchmark and a precedent for a new school, they kinda exceed the penalty.”
On the other hand, Mark Bowman Dalton, the school’s director, assured that: “Any exceptions are not made lightly and will follow legal guidance established by the Department of Education. Each case is treated fairly and reviewed by a panel of experts. “
He added: “Christ Church, the Secondary Academy of the Church of England sets clear limits that encourage good behavior and ensure the safety and well-being of all in the learning environment. “
The defense: is the punishment okay?
During the hearing at which the school board confirmed the exception, Pauline gave up “infallible references” on behalf of his son.
Among other things, he said he took the worker’s testimony from the place where Mitchell was He handed the gun to the friend. In addition, the woman said the weapon was delivered to the Police, who at that time saw no reason to investigate.
In addition, he wanted to clarify that the child was not carrying a compressed air pistol because he was not firing pellets but “small plastic balls”.
But according to the police force, BB guns that shoot plastic or aluminum balls “can be considered firearms, so they may or may not be banned.”
However, according The mirrorPauline insisted that there was a “not understood” a week ago that left a stain on Mitchell’s record.
In a class discussion about three things students take to a desert island, she said her 12-year-old son joked about packing. a pair of scissors for “stab yourself in the neck”because he did not want to be alone.
This is Christ Church, the school in Yardley Wood where Mitchell was expelled. Photo: Birmingham Live
According to the woman, the teacher did not understand this comment and thought the child was threatening them.
Today, Pauline is in the process of appealing this decision.