Sep 24, 2013 , Last Updated: 1:31 PM ET
Two Grade 7 boys in Virginia Beach, Va., have been suspended from school and face expulsion after a neighbour complained about them playing with toy guns in one of their yards.
Khalid Caraballo and his friend Aiden were playing with airsoft "zombie hunter" guns in Khalid's yard, when a neighbour called 911, local station WAVY-TV reports. The toy guns shoot rubber pellets.
The unnamed neighbour told WAVY she knew the guns were fake.
"This is not a real one, but it makes people uncomfortable. I know that it makes me (uncomfortable), as a mom, to see a boy pointing a gun," she said.
The boys are suspended from school for "possession, handling and use of a firearm" and may be expelled the remainder of the year.
Larkspur Middle School principal Matthew Delaney said an investigation found the "children were firing pellet guns at each other, and at people near the bus stop."
Khalid's home is 70 yards from the bus stop.
"My son is my private property. He does not become the school's property until he goes to the bus stop, gets on the bus, and goes to school," said Khalid's mother, Solangel Caraballo.
Boys suspended for playing with toy guns at home
I don't know what's stupider, that schools are now suspending students for what they do at home (here we can't even get rid of college kids that set fire to a police car in a block party off school grounds!) or that mom really needs to avail herself of a dictionary to learn the definition of the word 'property'. Possibly it's the neighbour calling 911, not filing a report with the police, but actually calling 911.