Principal Apologizes for Tiny Toy Gun Terror

By Hasani Gittens
|  Friday, Feb 5, 2010  |  Updated 8:52 AM EDT
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The principal caught up in a flap over a tiny toy gun a fourth-grader brought to school is apologizing, but the boy's mother says its too little, too late.

Public School 52  principal Evelyn  Mastroianni called the mother of of 9-year old Patrick Timoney to say she over-reacted to the situation at the Staten Island School, according to the Daily News.

"The principal called me and said, 'I'm sorry, I never meant for it to go this far,'" Laura Timoney told the News. "She sounded upset. I think she is sorry that this is happening. I wish she was sorry for Patrick."

The New Dorp boy had faced the prospect of suspension after bringing a 2-inch LEGO gun to the South Beach school on Tuesday.

The Department of Education says that there is a no-tolerance policy for toy guns in schools but acknowledges that the principal overreacted to the miniature machine-gun.

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