Two teens from Taunton, Massachusetts have been given 10-day suspensions and possibly face expulsion for posting pictures on Facebook holding airsoft guns.
Tito Velez and his girlfriend Jamie Pereira posted the pictures last Friday prior to attending the homecoming dance at Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School. One of the photos bore the caption “Homecoming 2014”.
The two attended the dance without incident. But when school officials found out about the photos, the two were immediately suspended. School superintendent Dr. Richard Gross said the dance would have been cancelled had he been aware of the photos on Friday.
Now I understand that no school wants to be the next Columbine or Newtown, but this is a bit much. I saw a report about this last night on FOX 25. Both students shoot airsoft guns in their spare time in a game similar to paintball. But no, the school had to pull the two off a school bus and get the Taunton Police involved. Both students claim they were not allowed to say a word in their defense.
Unfortunately, this isn’t an isolated incident. In January 2013, a six-year old girl in South Carolina was suspended from kindergarten for an entire year because she brought her brother’s plastic toy gun to show and tell. Where the hell is our common sense?
This is a consequence of an overly litigious nation that is developing a fear of guns so irrational that it cannot discern real weapons from fake ones nor can it discern guns shot for sport from guns used to cause grievous harm. This irrationality leads schools to expel exemplary students. The worst thing of all is that this kind of thinking renders people unable to discern good people from bad.