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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:43 pm 
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What is this world coming to ? ? ? Since when is it any of the school’s business what kids do in their own yard on their own time. These school administrators need to be fired, drawn and quartered ! ! ! The kids were playing with a toy gun for heavens sake. If this was the case not too many years ago we all would have been kicked out of school for playing cops and robbers or cowboys and indians. It wasn't all that long ago when every boy had a cap pistol.

On top of that what is the matter with the neighbor. This guy needs to get his head out of his you know what !


7th-graders suspended for playing with airsoft gun in own yard

Two seventh-grade students in Virginia Beach, Va., were handed long-term suspensions Tuesday that will last until the end of the school year for playing with an airsoft gun in one of their front yards while waiting for the school bus.

WAVY-TV reports that 13-year-old Khalid Caraballo and Aidan Clark will face an additional hearing in January to determine if they will be expelled for "possession, handling and use of a firearm" because the guns were fired at two others playing in Caraballo's yard.

A neighbor saw Khalid shooting the airsoft gun in his yard and called 911, telling the dispatcher, "He is pointing the gun, and it looks like there's a target in a tree in his front yard," the station reported.

Khalid claims he never took the toy gun to the designated bus stop or Larkspur Middle School, according to the report. Two other students who fired guns were also suspended.

In a letter obtained by WAVY.com, school principal Matthew Delaney found that the "children were firing pellet guns at each other, and at people near the bus stop." Delaney states in the letter that one child "was only 10 feet from the bus stop, and ran from the shots being fired, but was still hit."

The school's so-called "zero-tolerance" policy on guns extends to private property, according to the report.

Khalid's mother, Solangel Caraballo, said it's ridiculous that her son and his friends were suspended because they were firing the airsoft gun on private property.

"My son is my private property. He does not become the school's property until he goes to the bus stop, gets on the bus, and goes to school," Caraballo told the station.

Khalid told WAVY-TV he thinks the punishment is unfair and may hurt his chances of getting into a good college after graduating from high school.

"It's on your school record. The school said I had possession of a firearm. They aren't going to ask me any questions. They are going to think it was a real gun, and I was trying to hurt someone," he said.

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While I would say there are times that the school does get a say in what students do on private time (athletes sign a code of conduct pledge and can't drink or use drugs at any time for example) you are absolutely right on this one. Unless the kids got on the bus I don't see how this is any of the schools business and airsoft guns are used specifically to do this. They are not pellet guns.

On the flip side, unless these kids were wearing proper safety gear their parents should be questioned and the guns taken away from the kids. You don't shoot bystanders with them, you don't shoot at someone without goggles, etc. Dumb parents buying their kids dumb toys!


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And it gets even more STUPID ! What ever happened to common sense in this country. Are all these school teachers and administrators out of their minds. If this is the way they think they do not belong teaching children and screwing up their lives. No wonder this country is going he!!. He is just a young kid playing a game and they act like he was some kind of terrorist.

Florida boy, 8, suspended from school after using finger as imaginary gun
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An 8-year-old Florida boy was suspended from school after using his finger as a pretend gun while playing cops and robbers with his friends.

Jordan Bennett was suspended for a day after administrators at Harmony Community School in Harmony, Fla., said the gesture was an act of violence, WFTV.com reported.

His mother, Bonnie, told the station she's concerned that her son may labeled violent with a suspension now on his academic record.

"He had nothing in his hand. It was a finger gun, a pretend gun," Bonnie Bennett said. "He didn't threaten violence. He didn't utter words that were inappropriate. He made a sound and used his fingers and that was it."

School district officials told the station its code of conduct prohibits students from playing with invisible guns. Bonnie Bennett believes there are more effective ways the district could have disciplined her son.

"If he would have written an essay about why it was inappropriate, what he did, that would have made more of an impact," she said.

The school district told WFTV.com that, due to student confidentiality, it cannot comment on Jordan's specific case.

Last month, two seventh-grade students in Virginia Beach, Va., were handed long-term suspensions that will last until the end of the school year for playing with an airsoft gun in one of their front yards while waiting for the school bus.

In the Virginia incident, the school defended the suspensions, arguing that its so-called "zero-tolerance" policy on guns extends to private property, according to a WAVY-TV report.

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