The boy's parents said the drawing was a harmless doodle and school officials overreacted.
"The school made him feel like he committed a crime. They are doing more damage than good," said the boy's mother, Paula Mosteller.The drawing did not show blood, bullets, injuries or target any human, the parents said. And the East Valley Tribune reported that the boy said he didn't intend for the picture to be a threat.
Administrators of Payne Junior High in nearby Chandler suspended the boy on Monday for five days but later reduced it to three days.
The boy's father, Ben Mosteller, said that when he went to the school to discuss his son's punishment, school officials mentioned the seriousness of the issue and talked about the massacre at Colorado's Columbine High School, where two teenagers shot and killed 12 students, a teacher and themselves in 1999. Mosteller said he was offended by the reference.
Blogger Editorial: Yet another example of liberalism and political correctness run amuck. Automobiles kill more Americans every day than firearms. I wonder what this child's punishment would have been if he had sketched his favorite muscle car!! My God, imagine the horror!
Punishing this child for drawing a sketch of a perfectly LEGAL, inanimate object is simply idiotic! Liberal bureaucrats are turning the children of this nation into pathetic weaklings and mindless clones who cannot express themselves without fear of reprisal.