Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Great Strides in Zero Tolerance: Student Suspended for Playing With Toy Gun at Home

A suspended seventh-grade student in Virginia Beach, Va., could be expelled for the rest of the school year for shooting an airsoft gun with a friend in his yard as they waited for the bus to come.
I rather expect this to become a he said/she said incident where the bus driver (or student on the bus) reports the facts a different way.  But if the gun didn't make it to school, which would certainly have been reported, it didn't get on the bus, so the story seems to suggest that they didn't attempt to bring them to school.
Caraballo answered “no, sir,” when asked if he took the toy gun to the bus stop or to school. “We were in our yard. This had nothing to do with school,” the student said.

Caraballo’s mother, Angel, said being punished for “possession, handling and use of a firearm” was “pretty harsh” for a toy that she bought for $25.
 Combined with the fact that it is not, in fact, a firearm, but a toy. 
Tim Clark, Aidan’s father, told the news station that the school neglected to use common sense in the incident that occurred off school property.

“Has zero tolerance gone too far?” WAVY-TV asks.
Yes. Administrators need to start losing their jobs, or at least a year's pay, when they commit even the tiniest infraction (like random pocket checks to make sure they aren't stealing paper, pens or pencils from the school districts.  At least they can't use their immaturity as an excuse.

This is all part of modern educational establishments attempt to propagandize children with the gun control message, and threaten parents who don't toe the party line. 

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