8-year-old expelled from two years of school for bringing toy gun in backpack


WILLARD SHEPARD and TODD WRIGHT
NBC Miami
September 17, 2010

Samuel Burgos has fond memories of his friends at school, but he only gets to see them in pictures now.

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The 8-year-old boy hasn’t been in school for a year and will likely miss another year if the Broward County School Board has its way.

Burgos was suspended from school in November after a teacher found a toy gun in his backpack. But when the boy went to register to go back to Pembroke Pines Charter School, he was told he will be expelled for this school year, too, as part of the county’s zero tolerance weapons policy.

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“He made a mistake, but why the severe punishment? I don’t understand that,” said Magdiel Burgos, Sam’s dad.

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