Madness! School Suspends Kid For ‘Liking’ Instagram Pic of TOY Gun

What kind of insanity is this? Young Zachary Bowlin, a seventh grader at Edgewood Middle School in Trenton, Ohio, received a 10-day suspension notice because he “liked” a picture of an Airsoft toy gun on Instagram.

The obvious lesson here is that guns are anthropomorphic, hate-filled menaces that seek out children to corrupt into killers.

“I liked it, scrolling down Instagram at night about 7, 8 o’clock I liked it,” Zachary said. “The next morning they called me down [to the office] patted me down and checked me for weapons.”

Zachary didn’t “like” the picture on school property, during school hours, or using school computers. He didn’t threaten anyone.

“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 said. “He never shared, he never commented, he never made a threatening post… anything on the site, just liked it.”

The school decided it might be a good idea to drop the suspension after realizing they were idiots, so they did exactly that. But the lesson was taught anyway.

Friday morning an email went out to parents stating:

“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”

Below is the statement given to FOX19 NOW by Superintendent Russ Fussnecker:

“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 is madness on stilts.

“Liking” a picture of a toy gun indicates that the kid who clicked approves of something resembling a real gun. In liberal academic parlance, guns are bad, guns get up in the middle of the night and kill people, guns force kids to bring them to school and shoot their classmates. Therefore, anyone who “likes” a gun is a threat.

I suppose a good number of people in my town are threats, because we like guns. Every night, I leave my gun loaded, and so far I haven’t awoken to find it attempting to kill anyone by itself, or trying to sneak its way into my kids’ backpack. In fact, in Georgia, I can carry my gun while I drop off my kids at school, or pick them up there (gasp!), if I possess a Georgia Weapons Carry License (GWCL, and for the record, I do possess one).

Nobody is more in favor of protecting our kids at school than I am. Nobody would crack down harder on an a student bringing a lethal or harmful weapon into a school than I would. All parents want to protect their kids. But there’s something they apparently don’t teach in school any more called common sense. And common sense dictates that a 13-year-old clicking “like” on a picture of an Airsoft pistol at home is not in itself an indication of a threat.

It’s not even close to a threat. You know, I’d even be okay with the school calling a parent and asking little Zachary is having any issues, or even asking to search his stuff if there were other indications of violent intent. I’d even be okay if they patted him down as a precaution–because teens are really good at hiding their feelings.

I’m not okay with them treating the kid like a criminal, trying to suspend him for 10 days, and calling something completely innocuous “misbehavior.” And you know the biggest problem I have? The sullen kid who may be planning a massacre just learned more about how not to be caught by seeing this pageant of stupidity.

The real lesson schools like Edgewood are teaching is that guns are bad and people who own them are by definition irresponsible.

Responsible gun owners know and do these things:

  • Know where your weapons are at all times
  • Store guns and ammunition separately unless they are under your direct control or lock them up securely
  • Train your kids to be safety conscious around firearms
  • Talk to your kids, especially teens, and know if they’re emotionally stressed (every teen’s world ends at least 5 times a year)
  • If you don’t feel like your home is a stable place, emotionally or physically, don’t keep guns there

That last one is a biggie. Sometimes the best way to be a responsible gun owner is to give up the guns for a while. For example, a recently divorced couple with teenagers who spent lots of time by themselves, single parents who share custody, and guns lying around in the house? It’s probably not the best combination. Maybe give the guns (except the one on your person) to your best friend for a while. That’s being responsible.

But you see, schools and liberals think any seventh grader who clicks “like” on a picture of something that looks like a gun, or any first grader who eats a pop tart in the shape of a gun, or any eight-year-old who holds his finger and thumb to simulate a gun is about to run home, grab a loaded gun off the table and shoot the place up.

In the real world, that’s called paranoia, and it’s a form of madness. And that’s exactly what our schools have become–places of madness.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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