CONFIRMED: 2 Students Suspended From School Over AIRSOFT Photo on Facebook
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UPDATE: News7 Boston is confirming the story as legit. The photo was apparently an issue because it was a pre-dance photo taken by the boy’s father and was captioned “Homecoming 2014”. It was posted along with several other posed photos of the couple ahead of their first dance. From the News7 article:
“What it’s about is a coupled students engaging in an activity that created a total disruption of the school day,” Superintendent Richard W. Gross said.
ORIGINAL STORY: We might have one of the worst anti-gun hysteria cases in a school to date. Please note, we only have the word of the student in question at this time via a Facebook post.
Two students, a male and female who are boyfriend and girlfriend have been suspended from their high school after they posted a photo of themselves holding AIRSOFT guns, in the boy’s home.
When I first started researching this story I though, “Damn, they suspended them just for taking a photo with legally owned firearms in their own home under adult supervision? That’s absurd.” Then I found out the guns were Airsoft rifles and I didn’t even know what to think.
Seriously, what the hell is going on here?
Here is the post from the male student, identified on Facebook as Tito Velez (he publicly posted his name). Paragraph breaks added for readability and basic spelling errors fixed.
See this photo? yea, well this photo got me and my gf suspended from our high school for 10 days. possible expulsion too. Today we were taken right before the Cross Country states meet. We were asked, “why would you post something like that?” when we tried saying something, they told us to be quiet and they separated us.
I was sent to a room and my bag was searched, along with my clothes and locker. The school called the police and they had a cop speak to us without reading our rights and without our parents permission. We had no say in what happened and we never got a chance to defend ourselves. We are both out of school now, in a school that only allows 4½ days absent. Which means if they don’t expel us, we pay for overpriced saturday school and winter school.
I understand it was wrong to take a picture with guns but come on. My dad took the photos, in my house. The guns were pointed at the floor, on safety, mock mags in, and our fingers weren’t on the trigger. We had a responsible adult and he isn’t against Airsoft. He knows gun safety and he keeps my guns, i dont have them unless im out at the fields.
Well the dance was friday, and it went perfectly fine. No fights or anything. Today is monday, and now were both defenseless. The school took away whatever rights we had about speech. Our parents didnt have a say either. In 10 days we will have to have a conference with the school board, they will decide if we get suspended or not. I think its bullshit that we get suspended over a photo taken at my house because it was “threatening”.
If my school wanted to suspend everyone who posted a “threatening” photo, then i couldn’t have a photo with a car because cars kill people. honestly i think its unfair and its not right. My school could care less if you post a picture of you smoking or getting drunk. but you post a photo of a gun and everyone loses their mind. So right now im trying to get this story out to people to try to show that the school is wrong and that it wasnt a threat to anyone.
Tito says he knows that taking the photo was wrong. First off, no it was not. Second, even if those were real rifles that wouldn’t make it wrong!
Here is a link to the post in question: https://www.facebook.com/ (Facebook has removed the photo as of right now)
UPDATE: Tito says the post has been deleted from several groups where it was posted. The group owners claim they have not deleted it, so it is unclear at this time why Facebook removed it. Also, we aren’t publishing the name of the school pending further verification.