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Toy Soldiers Run Afoul of School's Weapons Ban

Christan Morales says her son just wanted to honor American troops when he made a hat decorated with an American flag and small plastic Army figures. But the hat ran afoul of the Providence, Rhode Island, school district's no-weapons policy because the toy soldiers were carrying tiny weapons.

Morales' 8-year-old son, David, was assigned to make a hat for the day when his second-grade class would meet their pen pals from another school. She and her son came up with an idea to add
patriotic decorations to a camouflage hat. Superintendent Kenneth Di Pietro said the principal told the
family the hat would be fine if David replaced the Army men holding weapons with ones that didn't have any.

Morales said her son was inspired to honor the military after striking up a friendship last summer with a neighbor in the Army. Banning the hat "sent the wrong message to the kids, because it wasn't in any way to cause any harm to anyone," she said. "You're talking about Army men. This wasn't about guns."