GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A Grand Rapids fourth-grader is being suspended for more than 10 days after bringing an airsoft "lookalike" gun to school Thursday, a Grand Rapids Public Schools spokesman said airsoft guns can often look like real guns but fire plastic pellets and are used for play, simulation, and recreation.
The principal at Palmer Elementary did not follow exact procedure in the case and will be reminded of that procedure, spokesman John Helmholdt said. The airsoft gun, which the child's parent said was an airsoft replica, was shown to at least one other student in school Thursday.
Another parent made the principal aware of the incident after school Thursday and Helmholdt said the principal notified Grand Rapids Public Schools central administration Friday.
"In hindsight, the principal should have acted more quickly and alerted us immediately," the spokesman said. "It was after school and she went immediately into a school event that night. These aren't excuses, because we should have got the call, but there wasn't any real and present danger."
Helmholdt said the principal is one of the district's strongest. The district's security chief will let her know the exact process and that "24 hours a day, 7 days a week is when we get phone calls," he said.