Jessie Sansone is seen with his children in this undated photo.
KITCHENER, Ont. -- Some players in the Kitchener kindergarten gun-doodling fiasco are doing some soul-searching while others are missing in action, as school staff see themselves as "co-parents" to students in their institutions.
Waterloo Regional Police are going to do an internal investigation to see if they erred when they arrested 26-year-old Jessie Sansone.
"I couldn't confirm that mistakes were made as we will be doing an internal review to try and establish if they were," said Insp. Kevin Thaler. "What we were investigating was a drawing of a handgun at the school and subsequently through the investigation, the officers identified the weapon that was being drawn was, in fact, a replica toy gun in the residence."
Sansone, a father of four, was handcuffed at his children's elementary school, strip-searched and detained for hours while being told he was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm.
His three eldest children were taken by social services, picked up at school and driven to the family services office and questioned.
His pregnant wife, Stephanie, was also hauled in and questioned, while their home was "walked through" by police.
All the result of four-year-old daughter Neveah drawing a picture in class of a man with a gun fighting monsters and bad guys.
The junior kindergarten teacher saw it, questioned Neveah about it, and feared there was a gun in the girl's home that the children were playing with. The school called social services, who in turn called the cops.
After going through the home, executing a warrant, police found a see-through plastic toy that fires plastic darts.
"We have seen these weapons, we have seen these 'items' out in our community, they have been altered and would appear to an adult to be a real firearm, and in these cases they were used to commit robberies, and in this case I am not surprised that a child had the belief that it was real," Thaler said.
The superintendent of Waterloo Regional School district said they are standing behind the teacher's judgment and they will not review their actions.
"We do work hand-in-hand with these families because we co-parent, so we hope that we could move forward," Gregg Bereznick said. "It's understood the stress that the family is going through.
"If a disclosure is made, it is our immediate duty under the regulations to phone family services."
A "disclosure" in this case was the drawing of the monster slayer and Neveah telling her teacher there was a gun like the one in the illustration in her house.
Family and Child Services was unavailable for comment on the situation that is making international news, so it's not known where the incriminating picture is or if they are reviewing their actions.
QMI Agency was told that executive director Allison Scott and her deputy were at a conference in Toronto.
Scott later responded by e-mail that they had followed the rules.
"We followed all policies and procedures as required and I would not have anything further to add to this," Scott wrote. "We are mandated under provincial legislation to respond to situations of child protection.
"If you would like to speak to our provincial association further about the provincial requirements you can call our Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies."
QMI Agency will follow up Tuesday.
The family is considering their legal options and have contacted a lawyer.