I bought my five- and seven-year-old sons a toy gun in a supermarket. What happened next has changed our feelings about our place in Britain
On the penultimate day of spring term 2016, my children – aged five and seven – were detained in isolation after school for nearly two hours and questioned by police officers (without the consent or presence of a parent) because of a toy gun.
This was the day our family’s perception of its place in the community was turned upside down. Our lives are divided into before and after.