Many schools proclaim to have zero tolerance for guns.
For some schools however, saying they have zero tolerance would be a vast overestimation.
According to Fox 19 An Edgewood Middle School suspended a student for ten days for liking a Instagram picture of a gun.
The parents of Zachary Bowlin posted a picture of the intended suspension notice which read, “The reason for the intended suspension is as follows: Liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence.”
“I was livid. I’m sitting here thinking ‘you just suspended him for ten days for liking a picture of a gun on a social media site,” father Marty Bowlin said. “He never shared, he never commented, he never made a threatening post… anything on the site, just liked it.”
The picture in question is of an airsoft gun, and according to the students’ parents, their child didn’t comment on the post but simply liked the picture.
“I liked it, scrolling down Instagram at night about 7, 8 o’clock I liked it,” Zacahry said. “The next morning they called me down [to the office] patted me down and checked me for weapons.”
This is just the latest example of severe reactions – some would argue “overreactions” – of schools cracking down on guns.
The New York Daily News reported this incident a few years ago:
Several students at a Washington state elementary school were suspended after shooting guns at school, except the weapons were only harmless Nerf guns and the kids say it was their teacher who permitted them to bring them to class.
Regardless of the weapons being toys, the children violated the school’s “zero tolerance” policy on guns of any kind when they were caught shooting off the foam darts Friday before class, administrators said.
Another child was suspended for doodling a picture of a gun that same year in Arizona.
As the following video depicts, there was even a kid who was threatened with suspension for building a gun out of Legos. The kid was five years old at the time.
One wonders what is the true motivation of punishing these seemingly harmless actions by children.
Suspending for five-year old for making a Lego gun doesn’t seem like a very effective means to prevent another Columbine shooting, for example.
Edgewood Middle School’s Superintendent Russ Fussnecker posted the following statement following the suspension:
Students are also subject to discipline as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct that occurs off school property when the misbehavior adversely affects the educational process.
If liking an Instagram picture of a gun qualifies as “misbehavior adversely affects the educational process,” then what about watching cartoons?
As many will remember, Yosemite Sam was a very visible proponent of the Second Amendment.