It appears that snowflakes aren’t just found in America’s colleges. They can now be found running public schools.
A seventh grade student in Ohio was suspended after school officials learned he had “liked” a social media picture of an airsoft pistol.
Zachary Bowlin attends Edgewood Middle School in Trenton, Ohio. Last week, while browsing on Instagram, he “liked” a photo of an airsoft pistol. The caption of the photo said “Ready.”
The next day at school, he was treated like a criminal and told he was suspended. The official reason was “liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence.”
Airsoft guns are essentially the next generation of BB guns. With the exception of the orange-colored tip, the air guns look like many real guns, but use air to shoot plastic pellets. However, they sometimes use CO2 cartridges and batteries to shoot pellets at high rates of speed.
‘I liked it, scrolling down Instagram at night about 7, 8 o’clock I liked it,’ Zachary told WXIX. ‘The next morning they called me down (to the office) patted me down and checked me for weapons.’
He told WCMH, ‘I don’t think I did anything wrong… Then, they told me I was getting expelled or suspended or whatever.’
The middle school student was sent home with a note from officials at the school to notify his parents about the cause of his suspension Thursday.
The letter said Zachary was suspended for ‘liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence.’
His father, Martin Bowlin, said he was upset when his son came home and was suspended.
‘I was livid,’ Martin told WCMH. ‘He never shared, he never commented, never made a threatening post … [he] just liked it.’
His mother, Cindy Martin, took to Facebook to express her frustration with the situation.
‘This sickens me! Not anywhere on the boys Instagram post did it say anything about taking a gun to school. This is a bunch of s*** if I ever seen any……. SMH,’ she wrote in a post on May 4.
‘People wake up and teach your children right from wrong and teach them not to blow s*** out of proportion.
‘Now 2 innocent harmless boys got in trouble over some pansy cry bag making s*** up!’
Russ Fussnecker, the superintendent of Edgewood City Schools released a statement to WXIX that stated:
‘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.
After the incident was covered by the news media, the school backtracked and cancelled the suspension. The incident will not be included in his permanent school record.
Here is video of a news report from Fox 19 in Cincinnati.
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