Update: The 7th graders have now been expelled from the school. Read more here.
In yet another example of the lack of common sense of the “zero tolerance policy” that some schools have, another incident has left two boys suspended from school who were never a threat to anyone except those that hate guns, even toy guns. (Watch news video at the bottom of this post.)
According to NBCnews two school children have been suspended from school for playing with airsoft guns on private property. The two seventh graders attended a Virginia Beach middle school and were doing what they often did in their own yards, playing with airsoft guns.
The two boys never brought the toy guns to school, they never brought them on the bus, and they never even brought the toy guns near the school property.
In fact the boys were playing with their airsoft guns while waiting for the school bus to arrive. Not only are the boys now waiting to see if they will be expelled from the school after their suspension, but they are also suspended for “possession, handling and use of a firearm.”
The fact that this incident happened on private property should be enough to keep the school out of it, but the zero tolerance policy has been abused by so many other schools to demonize gun owners and even toy guns, that this school just could not help itself.
If kids cannot even play with toy guns in their own yard for fear of getting kicked out of school, then it is obvious that this zero tolerance policy has gone too far. The mother of one of the boys said that “possession and distribution of a firearm for a 12 year old is pretty harsh for a toy I bought for $25 dollars.”
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