Kids Told To Remove Tiny Rifles From Graduation Caps
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. -- Cornerstone Elementary School will review its zero-tolerance policy toward guns on campus this fall after fifth-graders were told to remove weapons from the hands of toy soldiers that festooned their graduation caps.
"We don't want to repeat mistakes or offend people," Walker Williams, superintendent of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, told the Daily Breeze."We didn't intend to offend."
The school principal, Denis Leonard, did not want to talk to the newspaper.
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Glen Nakata, the father of fifth-grader Austin, met with Williams and district officials in July to discuss the policy.
"I'm glad they're taking these steps," he told the Daily Breeze.
A lawyer for the National Rifle Association, Chuck Michel of Long Beach, suggested district officials had taken the policy to a ludicrous extreme.
"This school district recognizes that they don't have any reason for doing this," he told the Daily Breeze.
About 10 years ago, a teacher at Cornerstone started what is now a tradition: having youngsters decorate their graduation mortar boards to illustrate what they might do in the future.