A student Civil War re-enactor, charged with weapons possession for bringing his musket replica to high school, has received a 21-day suspension.
Pine Bush Central School District officials have added 16 days onto the school's initial 5-day suspension imposed on Joshua Phelps, who was arrested Oct. 12 after a security guard patrolling a school parking lot spotted the musket in Phelps' car.
Phelps' mother, Valerie Michaels, who has accused the district of overreacting, said she is concerned the suspension will prevent her son from taking his Nov. 6 SAT tests since he's not allowed on school grounds.
Phelps joined the Civil War re-enactors club after seeing a school-sponsored ad urging students to get involved. The weekend before, he took part in a re-enactment and had forgotten that his musket was in his car.