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Should a 7-year-old boy have been expelled for bringing a plastic toy gun to a Florida school?

Yesterday, CNN reported that Samuel Burgos, a 7-year-old Florida grade school student, was suspended for bringing a clear-plastic, spring-action toy gun that fired plastic beads to school. When the toy was discovered, the school board classified it as a weapon and, in accordance with their zero tolerance policy, further penalized Burgos with mandatory expulsion. Almost a year later, Burgos' family

Yesterday, CNN reported that Samuel Burgos, a 7-year-old Florida grade school student, was suspended for bringing a clear-plastic, spring-action toy gun that fired plastic beads to school. When the toy was discovered, the school board classified it as a weapon and, in accordance with their zero tolerance policy, further penalized Burgos with mandatory expulsion. Almost a year later, Burgos' family is fighting the school's decision and the boy is being home-schooled, but is falling behind. Was the school board right to expel this student?