New Kensington boy, 7, suspended for toy gun

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A 7-year-old boy New Kensington boy who turned himself in after accidentally bringing a toy gun to school has been suspended for two days but will not be expelled, school officials decided today.

The punishment for Darin Simak was handed down today after a hearing before John Pallone, superintendent of the New Kensington-Arnold School District.

Chris Simak and Jennifer Mathabell say their son, Darin Simak, was suspended from Martin School in New Kensington Tuesday. Ms. Mathabell said her son left his regular book bag at a friend’s house, so she packed him another one, not realizing the toy was in it. The boy’s parents said Darin immediately gave it to a teacher because he knew it was against the rules.

The district’s policy calls for a one-year expulsion for “replicas of weapons” but also allows the superintendent to modify the punishment on a case-by-case basis.



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