RE “SUSPENSION of kindergartner lifted” (Metro, March 23), about a 5-year-old who was given a half-day suspension for bringing a toy gun to school: I am a pediatric occupational therapist with more than 30 years of pediatric experience. Over the course of my career, I have seen the burden of parenting shift from the parent to anyone but the parent. Kristy Willadsen, a parent from Center School and a member of the executive board of the Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association, had it right when she said that she believed that the administration was doing its best to deal with a hot topic.
Since when in our society do parents need a school handbook to specify that their child should not bring a gun to school, whether it is a toy or not? The boy’s father said that his son was bothered by the idea of being separated from his friends. What does that have to do with the parents’ responsibility to ensure that their child did not have a toy gun in his backpack in the first place?
I would like to have seen the child’s parents admit that they were at fault, and that they understand that schools have a burden these days to ensure the safety of all children.