My son's first day of second grade is tomorrow. He picked out a star wars back pack at Toys R Us about a month ago. I didn't really look at it right then (I have a 22 month old as an excuse). About a week ago, I realized that the storm trooper on the backpack is holding a huge gun! I keep going back and forth between thinking that no one will notice or care, and thinking that the principal is going to call me in. I'm worried that my family will be in trouble over this - and as a result famous at the school for the wrong reason! I've tried to not worry about it - but here I am at 7pm thinking about a mad dash to the store.
Here's a link that shows the backpack: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11654256
If they have a zero tolerance policy about guns/knives/weapons on things at school, take it back. Otherwise let it slide and see. My nephew got suspended for a day for having what LOOKED like knives on his shirt. In all actuality it was a tie dye pattern and graffiti but it was the school against my sister and the school won because they have a zero tolerance policy.
I see nothing wrong with it, however, I would get another one. Schools are BEYOND picky. Anything at all that even pertains to guns is a no no. No pictures at all. Even in star wars, it can be considered a situation that you don't even need your guy to go thru.
I would have a back up, just in case. I think most are going to see it and say Star Wars and not have any concerns but there is always one that will say there is a gun and we can't have those at school.
I sent him off on the bus this morning with the backpack. I asked one of the moms at the bus stop about it - she is a high school teacher. She didn't think it would be a big deal. But I just don't know - the school has never sent home any literature about a zero policy. But another mom told me a story last year about a child who was forced to go to therapy after pretending to shoot another kid with his forefinger and thumb in the gun sign. I thought that might just be a rumor - but of course you never know.