A “DEVASTATED” mother criticized her son’s school after the 12-year-old was permanently banned for bringing a toy gun to McDonald’s before class.
Pauline Pollard says Mitchell will now be seen as a “dangerous” child after he was kicked out of Chris Church in Yardley Wood, Birmingham.
The tough school opened its doors in September last year, and Pauline says she is known for being “tough” with students.
Mitchell took the black and yellow pistol into the restaurant and passed it on to a friend, who then “fired a couple of pellets at two students,” he told the Birmingham Mail.
Pauline, 53, said the headmaster’s reaction was “exaggerated” and that the Church of England academy is like a “military camp”.
“We found out pretty early on that school is pretty tough,” he told the newspaper.
“While we appreciate that they’re going to try to set a benchmark and precedent for a new school, they’re going a little overboard in their punishment.”
The self-employed cleaner claimed that the police had found no reason to investigate.
However, a “misunderstanding” a week earlier left a “stain” on Mitchell’s record at school.
During a class discussion about the three items students would take to a desert island, he said Mitchell “joked” about packing a pair of scissors to “stab himself in the neck” because he wouldn’t want to be alone.
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And he claims a teacher misheard this comment and thought Mitchell was threatening.
The weapon used was a toy and does not fire pellets, but rather small plastic projectiles, he added.
“It’s completely unfair to Mitchell,” he said.
“Is he going to be subjected to a school of naughty boys or what?
“Right now, I don’t know.
“He is not being educated in any way.”
Mark Bowman Dalton, director of Christ Church, said: “Any exclusion is not done lightly and will follow the statutory guidance set out by the Department for Education.
“Each case is treated fairly and will be reviewed by a panel of governors.
“Christ Church, Church of England Secondary Academy sets clear boundaries that encourage excellent behavior and ensure the safety and well-being of everyone in the learning environment.”
Sun Online has contacted West Midlands Police for comment.