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David Sims' family says it was a harmless gesture as he and some other boys in class were talking about BB guns.
But in the post-Stoneman Douglas world, school officials are on higher alert than ever.
According to KRIV, Sims, who is autistic, was playing with an "imaginary rifle" in art classMonday. Minutes later, he was being taken out of school in handcuffs by Conroe (Texas) ISD police.
His art teacher at Bozeman Intermediate School apparently felt threatened by his hand gestures.
"They just said, 'We don't tolerate that. We take it as a threat,'" David's mother Amy Sims told the station. "A threat? He didn't threaten anyone. He didn't do anything but play."
She also told KPRC that he was using two hands to show other students how he holds his BB gun before he was "dragged out" through the school's front entrance and "humiliated" in front of others who looked on. She said school district officials told her they would seek harassment charges against her...