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As if privacy issues weren’t concerning enough, police were dispatched to a boy’s home after a teacher spotted a toy gun during online class. Now, the 12-year-old Colorado boy has been suspended from school for having a toy gun in his home. 

We have reached a point in time when just having a toy gun in your own home warrants a visit from the police. 

Online Classes Raise Privacy Concerns 

Online learning during the coronavirus pandemic has made both teaching and learning challenging. Not only can it be difficult to get personalized learning, but it also causes massive privacy issues.

Many children must have their webcams on during virtual classes. This allows teachers and students to see around the children’s homes. 

Yet some teachers don’t want parents to see what their children are being taught. In fact, one school district threatened to pull kids if a parent is caught monitoring online class. 

Backstory:: Why Is This School District Forbidding Parents From Watching What Their Children Are Taught?

As a parent, you have to ask yourself why? 

Liberal indoctrination in public school is nothing new. And now that these teachers have a direct window into our homes, they can interfere even further with how we parent.

Teacher Spots Toy Gun During Online Class  

During a seventh grade online art class, Isaiah Elliot moved his toy gun from his left side to his right side. It quickly flashed across the screen, but that was enough for the teacher to stir the pot.

The toy gun in question is neon green and black with the words “Zombie Hunter” across it. It’s clearly a toy and Isaiah didn’t see it as a concern.

Isaiah Elliot wasn’t acting threatening either. The 7th grader was in his own home and had his toy nearby. 

But, his teacher was alarmed. She told the principal and Isaiah was suspended for five days.

Worse, instead of calling the parents, the principal called the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to do a welfare check on the the 12-year-old student. 

This dramatic action was taken even though the teacher believed the gun she spotted was a toy. The police report states the teacher “said she assumed it was a toy gun but was not certain.”

Police Sent To Colorado Boy’s Home Before Parents Notified

Isaiah’s mother, Dani Elliott, wasn’t even notified until after police were sent to her home. 

“If her main concern was his safety, a two-minute phone call to me or my husband could easily have alleviated this whole situation to where I told them it was fake,” the mother said. 

Imagine a child being at home when the police arrive without warning. Police told Isaiah that if it happens again, he will face criminal charges.

That’s incredibly traumatic for a child. A simple call to his parents would have handled this situation with causing harm to anyone. 

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“He was in tears when the cops came. He was just in tears. He was scared. We all were scared. I literally was scared for his life,” Curtis Elliott said about his son. 

“The virtual setting is not the same as the school setting,” the father added. “He did not take the toy gun to school. He’s in the comfort of his own home. It’s a toy.”

A local news repot on this story is in the video below. 

Sadly, this is not an isolated event. Rather, it is a repetitive issue because of virtual learning.  

Police were sent to another child’s home because his properly stored BB-Gun was seen on his wall during an online class. 

Backstory: School Calls Police After Spotting A Student’s BB-Gun On His Wall During Virtual Class

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