(NYPOST) — This little cowboy’s toy gun was a bit too real.
An East Village 11-year-old was handcuffed and taken into custody last month after strolling into MS 345 on the Lower East Side with a play pistol — a black plastic prop given to him by an after-school theater company.
Violeta Hernandez, 68, said her grandson, whose name is being withheld by The Post, was supposed to be a cowboy in a play at the Theater for the New City in the East Village.
Instead, the pint-size actor was suspended and shipped off to an “alternative-learning facility” in Harlem for two weeks and is still traumatized by the ordeal, she said.
“This was an abuse,” the grandmother said. “I want him to feel better. I don’t want him to be scared of police. Now he’s afraid when he goes to school.”