A 5-year-old boy, Jackson Riley, was recently accused by the Great Valley Charter School in Modesto, California of making terrorist threats.
The school sent a letter to Jackson’s parents that said the boy was being suspended for a day because of his intent to “threaten, intimidate or harass others,” reports KTXL
The school reportedly changed the accusation to a school code that accused Jackson of making terrorist threats.
Jackson’s parents said he refused to take off his backpack at school.
The tyke reportedly told his teacher there was a bomb in the backpack.
Jackson’s parents say their son was playing around, and they do not want a suspension for terrorist threats on his permanent school record, which could haunt him through college.
The boy’s dad, Ian Riley, said: “My son never made a threat, never wanted to blow up the school. He was almost victimizing himself in his imagination, making himself the hero [by keeping the backpack on].”
The school would not comment on the specific case.