Yet another example of watery-kneed “educators” taking zero-tolerance way too far:
A suspended seventh grade Virginia Beach student will find out soon if he is expelled for the rest of the year for shooting an airsoft gun.\
Like thousands of others in Hampton Roads, Khalid Caraballo plays with airsoft guns. Caraballo and his friend Aidan were suspended because they shot two other friends who were with them while playing with the guns as they waited for the school bus.
The two seventh graders say they never went to the bus stop; they fired the airsoft guns while on Caraballo’s private property.
Aidan’s father, Tim Clark, told WAVY.com what happened next lacks commons sense. The children were suspended for possession, handling and use of a firearm.
At worst, you’ve got two teenage boys horsing around, maybe making mild jackasses of themselves. Something 13-year olds have been doing since the paleolithic, at least. It’s a parenting matter, not anything for “long arm of the school district.” And let’s emphasize this, they were on private property at least part of the time, and never on a school bus, nor at school. Since when does the school district’s authority extend onto people’s yards?
Of course, I’m not taking the kids’ story that they stayed in their yard and never, ever went to the school bus stop at face value. That would have been… un-13 year old-like. But it’s possible. Still, we’re talking Airsoft guns that fire plastic pellets. The worst their putative victims received was a stinger when their friends shot them in the arm and the back.
The real problem here is the overreaction of the authorities and the neighbor who called 911 on two kids with airguns. Check out the video report at the above link: the neighbor explicitly knew these were not real firearms. They just made her “uncomfortable.” Puh-leeze. Like my blog-buddy Sister Toldjah wrote:
Petty parent using law enforcement to solve a harmless “problem” between her child and one of his friends? Sure sounds like it.
Even worse, though, are the school authorities threatening expulsion –which goes on the boys’ permanent records– over a massively overblown incident that didn’t even happen on school property and is none of their business. It’s a ludicrous overreaction on the part of stuffed-shirt officials and born of the anti-gun hysteria the Left loves to whip up, where common sense flies out the window and a spring-loaded gun firing plastic pellets becomes an object of fear and loathing, its bearer someone to be banished. Pathetic.
I mean, it’s not like they were armed with Pop-tarts.
via Bryan Preston
UPDATE: Preston with the “You’ve got to be kidding me” news. Unanimous?
The boys have been expelled from school by a unanimous vote. Unbelievable.
“VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A seventh grade Virginia Beach student previously suspended for shooting an airsoft gun has been expelled, WAVY.com has learned.
During a hearing Tuesday morning, Aidan Clark and Khalid Caraballo were expelled in a unanimous vote. Clark was offered the option of attending an alternative school, but his father, Tim, told WAVY News’ Andy Fox he will be homeschooled.
Caraballo will attend an alternative school.”
UPDATE 2: WAVY has corrected the story. The boys have received “long-term suspensions,” not expulsions:
During a hearing with a disciplinary committee Tuesday morning, Aidan Clark, Khalid Caraballo and a third friend were given long-term suspensions in a unanimous vote. The suspensions will last until June, but a hearing will be held January 27 to determine if they will be allowed back in school sooner.
I’m with the parents: this is a distinction without a meaningful difference. And the school administrators still need to be demoted to janitor.