Colorado residents Curtis Elliott Jr. and Dani Elliott get a call most parents never want to receive. A police officer was on the way to her house — all because her son had played with a toy gun during his virtual art class.
“I never thought: ‘You can’t play with a Nerf gun in your own home because somebody may perceive it as a threat and call the police on you,’” Elliott said.
Elliott’s son, Isaiah, was later suspended for five days and now has a record with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and a mark on his school disciplinary paperwork saying he brought a “facsimile of a firearm to school” — even though he was in his own home doing a virtual class. The “gun” was obviously a toy, painted black and green with “Zombie Hunter” on the side.
“I was terrified and enraged”,Elliot explains to the Essence reporter. Her son who identifies as black was believed to be in danger as the school called the police before informing her of her sons actions.