Two-Inch Toy Gun In School Means Trouble For Fourth Grader

New York City fourth-grader was sent to the principal's office and nearly suspended for bringing a 2-inch toy gun to school.

Nine-year-old Patrick Timoney and a friend were playing with Legos in the cafeteria at Public School 52 in Staten Island on Tuesday when Patrick produced the tiny plastic machine gun and put it in the hands of a plastic police officer.

After Patrick's mother got a call from the school, his parents met with the principal and persuaded her not to discipline him if he agreed to leave the toy gun at home.

The boy's father, also named Patrick Timoney, says principal Evelyn Mastroianni "went overboard."

Mastroianni did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment Thursday.


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  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Feb 8, 2010 at 01:39 PM
    I wonder if they'll persecute over a spent shell casing being brought to school. All school officials including the superintendent needs to take firearm classes to reverse the political left socialism being pumped into our school system by our anti-American government. People kill, guns don't. Fix the people & leave guns alone.
  • by to Teacher on Feb 6, 2010 at 05:52 PM
    You have lockdowns at your school. Where are you from? We have never had a lockdown where I'm from. But like I said before when I was talking to Amanda do your job. Your job is not to wrestle a gun out of someone hands. It is only to teach your kids and stop having your picks in class and making the other kids feel bad then maybe you would not have lockdowns. Anyway if this post or my other post don't concern you and you are a good teacher then you have no reason to reply.
  • by Robert Humberstone, Sr. Location: NC on Feb 6, 2010 at 11:58 AM
    We are truly the laughing stock of the world, with this sissified, coddled, babied, feminized generation of kids that are being brought up by the liberal, feminist, socialist, homosexual agenda. In China and North Korea, kids are learning how to field strip assault rifles at this age, in school. In the Middle East, how to build bombs. Here, a kid gets caught with a toy of this size, everybody is up in arms. I hope to God they are not hearing about this in the countries that hate us, otherwise we're gonna start seeing Russian tanks in the streets before you know it. And this generation won't even run away and hide, because that requires exercise and thought. They'll just stand there with their cutesy, sissy names like "Aiden" and "Tristan" dumbfounded and getting run over.
  • by T Location: Gville on Feb 5, 2010 at 07:44 PM
    I feel so sorry for ANYONE that can possibly fathom that this punishment is justified. It was TWO INCHES!!! Irregardless of whether it "could have been 4in or 6in" surely the principal should have enough common sense to be able to decipher when a gun is "too real" and when a gun is only good for a 3 inch man. I mean PLEASE!!!! even if he held it to a student pretending it was real the student wouldn't even be able to see it because his finger would probably cover the entire gun up. It was TWO INCHES!!!! And this is what the school system has come to. Suspending a child taking him OUT of school away from education for being a LEGO to school. GOOD GRIEF!!!!
  • by Teacher Location: NC on Feb 5, 2010 at 07:16 PM
    Excuse me, Amanda at 8:36 pm, but I do my job. I am a public school, classroom teacher who works very hard. Many times, I have to undo the damage that parents have caused such as not supporting their children in their academics, not buying their basic school needs such as notebooks and pens/pencils, and not supporting them at their athletic events. I have done all of these things for my high school "children" for over 20 years. At this week's basketball games, I have been flooded with hugs and well wishes from current and former students. Yes, I am angry because the very people who put down our students and schools are the very ones who are the troubles in our world. I will defend my students at any cost. On a recent "lock down" drill, my students asked why I stood at the door. I told them if someone is to get shot, I want it to be me and not them. I am glad that we have educators who will protect and defend our nation's schools and children. Yes, I saw the picture.
  • by Truth Location: Reality on Feb 5, 2010 at 05:50 PM
    Amen to that Cactus.... shoelaces are great weapons. :)
  • by to Amanda on Feb 5, 2010 at 05:36 PM
    You have the fear that someone is going to bring a gun to school. If you people(teachers, principal, and others) would do your jobs and stop the bullying instead of sitting back laughing or blaming the child who is being bullied or stop bullying kids yourself then you would not have to worry about something like this.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 5, 2010 at 04:00 PM
    OK, so common sense just took a walk and is gone forever. So what happens when they find a 24" piece of nylon cord?
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Feb 5, 2010 at 10:56 AM
    firearms are not the problem it's the person & the way they were raised that's the problem. you want to lower murder rates & crime? go back to living Godly standards and put him back in schools by promoting prayer & teaching "right" from "wrong". Ever since we pushed God out, our nation has gone downhill at an alarming pace. This has nothing to do with sep. church & state. It has everything to do with family values and acknowledging God & his standards for living which include, accountability, respect, being honest & not telling lies, honoring your mother, father & authorities, doing unto others as you would do unto yourselves, loving one another & forgiveness. Teach children those things which our forefathers, grandparents & parents taught us, we'll see a major drop in crime & murder. As for you Godless ones, study up on US history and recognize how families, schools & organizations within our country acknowledged Godly standards & lived by them. Murder & crime was very low back then.
  • by Truth Location: Reality on Feb 5, 2010 at 10:51 AM
    Ummm.... what happened to my comment submitted immediately before the "great thumbnail" post...?? You must have accidentally skipped over it. Please dig through, find, and post--as I'm sure it's simply an oversight. Thanks.
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