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Father loses rifle, gun license over spat involving 'Despicable Me' drawing

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Robert Goodwin, a 41-year-old Arlington, Mass., man, was forced to give up his hunting rifle and his gun license after a heated spat with Michael Hanna, the principal of Stratton Elementary School, The Blaze reported Monday.

According to The Blaze, the two were arguing over a drawing of "Gru," a character from "Despicable Me" that Goodwin's 10-year-old son drew in class. Dave Urbanski reported that the character was depicted “shooting ping-pong balls at his minions." The school also deemed the drawing as sexual in nature.

During the argument, Goodwin reportedly became agitated and showed Hanna his gun license.

“During that discussion I compared my legally owned license to carry firearms with the picture that my son drew,” he told CBS Boston. Goodwin also indicated he had firearms at home, which apparently left Hanna feeling threatened. Goodwin, however, denied the claim.

“I did not threaten [Hanna’s] life in any way,” he told the Boston Herald.

Nevertheless, police ordered him to stay away from the school for the rest of the year, except to drop off and pick up his son. Police also showed up at his residence, revoked his gun license and confiscated his hunting rifle even though he had not been charged with a crime.

Afterward, Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Kathleen Bodie told parents: “This argument certainly went above and beyond the scope of a normal disagreement, and therefore the policies and procedures that Arlington Public Schools have in place were immediately activated to make sure that students, faculty, and staff remained safe.”

Goodwin, a rapper by trade who appears in one video wielding knives, says he's being treated unfairly by the school.

“I’m sad because I think we have to transfer out of the school,” he told CBS.

An investigation is ongoing, the Herald said, and police were stationed at the school on Friday.

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