[Video] Multiple Students Suspended for Playing With Nerf Guns AFTER Teacher OK’d Them

June 4 2013
by GSL Staff
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Here we go again. More zero tolerance (aka zero thought), anti gun hysteria taking over our schools.

In this case, multiple students at a school in Edmonds, WA were suspended for playing with Nerf guns. The guns are plastic, brightly colored and do not resemble real life firearms.

To make matters worse, a teacher at the school actually told the student who brought the guns for a project, it was OK to bring them. The issue happened when students began playing with the toys before school started.

Several students took part in playing with the toys, which shoot soft foam darts at extremely low velocities, and all were suspended for one day. While the suspension is only one day it will prevent those students from taking part in extracurricular activities such as student government and will remain on their permanent academic record for the rest of their time in school.

According to Komonews.com, the parents and administrators of the school feel very differently about the results of the situation,

“I do understand that they definitely need consequences, but not that harsh of a consequence,” [parent Shannon Shumard] said.

The Edmonds School District confirms that an incident at Chase Lake occurred, but won’t talk specifics. In general, they say with toy or facsimile guns, discipline is handed out at the discretion of the principal.

“Again, it’s a matter of safety and it’s of the utmost importance. So even if it’s a toy, we take it seriously,” said school district spokeswoman Amanda Ralston.

Both parents believe the district overreacted with the suspension, particularly because the teacher allegedly gave students permission to bring the toys.

“If the teacher and the school staff don’t even know their own rules, how are the children supposed to know them?” Shumard said.

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