OK, let us begin with a picture on Instagram, this picture
For “liking” that photo, of an air soft gun, seventh-grader Zachary Bowlin of Trenton, Ohio was suspended for 10 days. Yes, for “liking” a picture. Paging George Orwell
The notice Bowlin’s parents received explained why their son was being suspended: “The reason for the intended suspension is as follows: Liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence.”
“I liked it, scrolling down Instagram at night about 7, 8 o’clock I liked it,” Zachary FOX 19“The next morning they called me down [to the office] patted me down and checked me for weapons.”
“I was livid, I mean, 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 recounted. “He never shared, he never commented, he never made a threatening post… anything on the site, just liked it.”
The school dropped the suspension but sent an email to parents recounting the situation:
Yesterday evening school officials were made aware to an alleged threat of a student bringing a gun to school. We act on any potential threat to student safety swiftly and with the utmost importance. This morning, the alleged threat was addressed and we can assure you that all students at Edgewood Middle School are safe and school will continue as normal. Thank you.
Beth Baumann wonders what will happen to a student who posts about their parents taking them to a gun range
Seriously? A threat of bringing a gun to school? What if *gasp* the student went to the gun range with his parents? Does that make him the next school shooter?
Just imagine how the bed wetting panic mongers might react to a student talking about a weekend trip to the range. What if that student were to post something like a picture of a target on social media, or talk about how their dad was teaching them to shoot. What type of Statist thuggery would such miscreants foist upon that child?
The school superintendent, of course stood by the school’s draconian actions
“Concerning the recent social media posting of a gun with the caption “Ready”, and the liking of this post by another student, the policy at Edgewood City Schools reads as follows:
The Board has a “zero tolerance” of violent, disruptive, harassing, intimidating, bullying, or any other inappropriate behavior by its students.
Furthermore, the policy states:
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.
As the Superintendent of the Edgewood City Schools, I assure you that any social media threat will be taken serious including those who “like” the post when it potentially endangers the health and safety of students or adversely affects the educational process.”
This student did not harass anyone, nor did he threaten or bully anyone. And the only “adverse effect” to the educational process was the school’s knee jerk reaction. In fact it might be fairly argued that it was the school bullying and intimidating this student. The only statement made by the egregious overreach is that anyone who enjoys any positive aspect of firearms is to be ostracized, ridiculed, and made out to be a danger to others.
Something must be done about the plaque of zero-tolerance policies. They hurt kids, good kids. This must not stand!