Girl expelled for taking toy gun to Sumter school will be allowed back

Published: Jan. 31, 2013 at 6:49 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 31, 2013 at 11:13 PM EST
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Naomi McKinney (Photo: WIS)
Naomi McKinney (Photo: WIS)
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SUMTER, SC (WIS) - A Sumter County kindergartner expelled from school for bringing a broken plastic gun to show and tell will be allowed to return to class.

District Superintendent Randolph Bynum says he will allow 6-year-old Naomi McKinney to return to school at Alice Drive Elementary School.

"After careful thought and consideration for the safety of the school community, I have decided to vacate the ruling of the hearing panel," said Bynum in a statement. "The student will be allowed to return to school. The suspension time has been served."

McKinney has already missed 30 days of school after being suspended for bringing her brother's Airsoft BB Gun to Show-and-Tell back on Jan. 4.

Bynum added that administrators and teachers have received threats as a result of McKinney's expulsion.

"Threats made to staff members are not tolerated, and we intend to involve law enforcement," said Bynum.

McKinney had taken her brother's air soft gun to school January 4th. The school kept it.

"It was broken and I just wanted to show my friends it" McKinney said.

She never got that far at Alice Drive Elementary.  

"I told Ms. Frye that I had the gun and she took it from my hand," said McKinney. McKinney was taken to the office and police were called.

Her father, Hank McKinney, admits some fault.

"I'll take some of the responsibility because I never had that talk with her," he said.  "We don't check her. I didn't check her bag that morning."

District policy says it will expel any student who brings a weapon to school. A weapon means a firearm.

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