Alex Evans, a seven year-old student at Mary Blair Elementary School in Loveland, CO, has been suspended for throwing an "imaginary grenade" while playing a game he calls "rescue the world."
Evans threw an imaginary grenade into a box which violated the schools "no real or play fighting" rule. The second grader has been indefinitely kicked out of school.
"The 7-year-old says he was trying to save the world. But school administrators say he broke a key rule during his pretend play.
"'I was trying to save people and I just can't believe I got dispended,' says Alex Evans, who doesn't understand his suspension any better than he can pronounce it.
"'It's called 'rescue the world,'" he says.
"He was playing a game during recess at Loveland's Mary Blair Elementary School and threw an imaginary grenade into a box with pretend evil forces inside.
"'I pretended the box, there's something shaking in it, and I go 'pshhh.'"
"The boy didn't throw anything real or make any threats against anyone. He explains he was pretending to be the hero. 'So nothing can get out and destroy the world.'"
The school defended the suspension by telling KDVR that the ban on imaginary fighting is detailed on its website on the "Parents Resources" page.