Hunter Jackson, a 4-year old, was suspended from his school, A Place to Grow, for seven days after show-and tell. her son had just spent the weekend with his grandfather, a Caseyville, Illinois Police Officer, learning about gun safety and hunting. He picked up an empty shell casing for .22 to show his friends at school.
The teacher, who did not realize it was empty, insisted that Hunter brought a “shotgun bullet” to school and handed the mother, Kristy Jackson, a letter saying that her son was suspended for 7-days, but she still had to pay tuition for that time off. The teacher also expressed if Hunter continued to have an enthusiasm for guns, he would be expelled.
In a Facebook post, Jackson she went to the school to pick her son up like any other day, only to met by “a stone faced teacher” who said her son had brought a “shotgun bullet” to school. Jackson said her immediate thought was, “My kid? Who just spent the weekend learning gun safety?” She said the teacher then handed her a letter saying “[Hunter’s] behavior warranted a seven school day suspension. Which [Kristy] still was expected to pay tuition for, of course. And a threat that if his enthusiasm for guns continued, he’d be permanently expelled.” Fox 2 Now reports that the letter also said the school had “repeatedly” told Hunter to quit “using other toys as make believe guns” The school’s vice-president also emailed Jackson to inform her that he was “notifying the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)” about the suspension.