A 2nd grader has been suspended from school in Loveland, Colorado for a make believe game he was playing.
The 7-year-old says he was trying to save the world. But school administrators say he broke a key rule during his pretend play.
He was playing a game during recess at Loveland's Mary Blair Elementary School and threw an imaginary grenade into a box with pretend evil forces inside.
The boy didn't throw anything real or make any threats against anyone. He explains he was pretending to be the hero.
But his imaginary play broke the school's real rules. The school lists "absolutes" designed to keep a safe environment. The list includes absolutely no fighting, real or imaginary; no weapons, real or imaginary.
Alex is like a lot of 2nd graders, perpetual motion. His mom says the little boy doesn't understand why pretending to be a soldier was wrong. "I think that when a child is trying to save the world, I don't think he should be punished for it."