(ONN) – Military veterans and students are upset over the suspension of a middle school student in western Ohio whose class project creating a memorial to veterans included a toy gun.

About two dozen people in Celina protested the suspension.

The Celina Daily Standard reports eighth-grader Tyler Carlin made a replica of a battlefield cross that included a toy gun painted black.

An attorney for the boy says his teacher gave him permission to bring the project to school.

But the attorney says Tyler was sent to the principal’s office when he carried the memorial into school and suspended for bringing something resembling a dangerous weapon to school.

The newspaper reports that the boy isn’t sure whether he mentioned to his teacher that his project would include a toy gun.

School officials have declined to comment on the suspension, saying they would need permission from the boy’s family.

-Picture used with permission of the Celina Daily Standard