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A six-year-old kindergarten student was punished by school officials and forced to apologize after he “caused quite a disturbance” on the school bus by playing with a tiny plastic toy gun Friday.

Mieke Crane, the child’s mother, told reporters at WGGB-TV that she received a letter from teachers at Old Mill Pond Elementary in Palmer, Mass. explaining that another child on the bus had yelled to the driver that her son had a gun.

The letter noted that other children on the bus were “traumatized” by the experience.

The offending item turned out to be around the size of a quarter, as depicted in the letter that the school sent. It is believed to be a Lego army figure gun.

“I think they over-reacted totally. I totally do,” Crane told reporters. “I could see if it was you know, an air soft gun or some sort of pistol or live bullets or something. This is just a toy,” the mother added.

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