UPDATE: Kids Playing With Airsoft Guns on Private Property Suspended For a Full School Year

September 25 2013
by GSL Staff
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We’ve been covering the story about three Virginia boys who have found themselves in hot water with their school over the possession of Airsoft guns.

Not a big surprise, right? Everyone knows by now that such toys aren’t allowed in any school in the country.

However, that’s the issue here. These boys never took the toy guns to school, on the school bus, or even to the bus stop.

They were playing with the toys on their own property while waiting on the bus.

Now the school has reached a disciplinary decision – all three boys will be suspended through June of this year. A full school year. There will be a hearing in January to determine if the students can return to school for the spring semester.

According to WAVY, who has been covering this story from the beginning, the parents of the boys are obviously upset about the decision,

Aidan’s father, Tim Clark, told WAVY.com what happened next lacks commons sense. The children were suspended for possession, handling and use of a firearm. On Tuesday, that offense was changed by school officials to possession, handling and use of an airsoft gun.

Khalid’s mother, Solangel Caraballo, thinks it is ridiculous the Virginia Beach City Public School System suspended her 13-year-old son and his friends because they were firing a spring-driven airsoft gun on the Caraballo’s private property.

“My son is my private property,” she said. “He does not become the school’s property until he goes to the bus stop, gets on the bus, and goes to school.”

The school board issued a statement defending the harsh punishment, saying the boys were suspended due to a safety hazard presented to other students.

Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of children play with Airsoft guns in the US. The usually plastic guns use a spring or compressed air to fire a plastic BB. The toys are used in games similar to paintball.

In my opinion, this is a slippery slope. If a school can punish your child for something they do on your own property, outside of school hours, where will it end?

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