A suspended seventh-grade student in Virginia Beach, Va., could be expelled for the rest of the school year for shooting an airsoft gun with a friend in his yard as they waited for the bus to come.
Khalid Caraballo, 12, and his friend, Aidan, were suspended for "possession, handling and use of a firearm" because they "shot two other friends who were with them while playing" with the airsoft guns, WAVY-TV reported.
Caraballo answered "no, sir," when asked if he took the toy gun to the bus stop or to school.
"We were in our yard. This had nothing to do with school," the student said.
Caraballo's mother, Angel, said being punished for "possession, handling and use of a firearm" was "pretty harsh" for a toy that she bought for $25.
Tim Clark, Aidan's father, told the news station that the school neglected to use common sense in the incident that occurred off school property.
"Has zero tolerance gone too far?" WAVY-TV asks.