California boy, 5, suspended after school claims he made terrorist threat

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A California family is pushing back against grade school heads after their 5-year-old child was suspended for making "terroristic dangers".

Jackson Riley, who is in kindergarten at Great Valley Academy in Modesto, California, told his teacher he couldn't take off his backpack because there was a bomb inside.

The teacher then asked the child if she could take a look inside his backpack herself while he still had it on; to this Jackson agreed and the teacher found no bomb inside the bag. The boy said a bomb was inside the bag and would explode if he took it off. "They called me at work and said, 'There's been an incident at the school.' They told me everything that my son said, and they said, 'You need to come pick your son up, and this is going to be a one-day suspension'".

Get the full story in the video above. The letter likewise said the govern applies to understudies "in any of evaluations 4 to 12".

Riley's school authorities were however not amused and sent his parents a letter saying their son violated a school code and was suspended for his intent to "threaten, intimidate or harass others".

Jackson's parents say they want the suspension removed from his permanent record.

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Jackson's father said that the school officials sent another letter later specifying that Jackson had made "terroristic threats".

"He's 5. He has an imagination".

After an outpouring of support online, the boy's father said: 'My wife and I really, truly, honestly, sincerely, appreciate all the supportive messages we have received today!

"We stated, 'This doesn't fit, and moreover we don't generally feel like our child was debilitating you, '" Jackson's dad Ian Riley said.

However, the school does not seem too enthused.

The school said in a statement to the television station it couldn't discuss the specifics of the case and that it "takes student safety and discipline very seriously".

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