11 Year Old Suspended, Family Questioned by Law Enforcement Because the Student TALKED About Guns

June 5 2013
by GSL Staff
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It’s getting worse and worse everyday. Now, not only are students being suspended for possessing toy guns or gun shaped objects at school, they are being suspended for merely talking about guns.

According to WMAL, An 11 year old boy in Maryland was on the schoolbus, on his way home, when the driver heard him talking to another student about the Sandy Hook shootings. According to his father, “He said, I wish I had a gun to protect everyone. He wanted to defeat the bad guys. That’s the context of what he said,” the boy’s father said. “He wanted to be the hero.”

The bus driver then took the boy back to the school to be questioned over his comments (kidnapping?).

A sheriff’s deputy came to the home of the boy and wanted to search the home without a warrant. The father declined. The deputy then asked about firearms in the home and made the father fill out a 4 page questionnaire before he would leave.

The boy was suspended for 10 days, but it’s unclear exactly what for. That suspension was later reduced to 1 day.

Even the ACLU has weighed in on the actions taken by the school saying,

“It’s appropriate for school officials to investigate when there is a concern about student safety. But based on what’s been described to us, once the school official concluded that all the young man wanted to do was to be safe at school and that he posed no risk to anyone, the suspension was really inappropriate,” said Sonya Kumar, an ACLU staff attorney.

“The school should have been assuring him that they were going to take steps to keep all students safe, not punishing him,” she added.

“Across the board, we are concerned about practices where we have these sort of knee-jerk reactions without really stopping to think and use our common sense about whether what a kid is doing or saying actually presents any sort of concern for the safety and well-being of others,” Kumar said.

This incident happened in December, on the heels of Sandy Hook. The father just recently decided to go public with his story after reading the numerous stories about children being suspended for all sorts of ridiculous things to do with guns.

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