A make-believe game ends with the suspension of a Colorado second-grader.
Alex Evans, 7, doesn't understand his suspension. He can't even pronounce the word.
"They said I was dispended," said Alex.
Alex was playing a game he'd made up during recess at Loveland's Mary Blair Elementary School. He threw an imaginary grenade into a box with pretend evil forces inside.
"I pretended the box. There's something shaking in it, and I go 'pshhh,'" said Alex.
He did not throw anything real or make any threats against anyone.
He said he was pretending to be the hero.
His imaginary play broke the real rules. The school lists what it calls absolutes under the parent resources section of its website, absolutely no fighting, real or imaginary, and no weapons, real or imaginary.
"Honestly, I don't think the rule is very realistic for kids this age," said Mandie Watkins, Alex's mother.
Watkins says Alex doesn't understand why pretending to be a solider is wrong.
"I think that when a child's trying to save the world, I don't think he should be punished for it," she said.
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