Zero Tolerance? Or Naked Statism?
That bi-polar, Queen of Hearts, full-speed-ahead blind fury and absolutism is the mark of the modern educator, and this institutionalized insanity is running rampant in Massachusetts, where a pair of awkward teenagers have been suspended for daring to be talked about by their peers for a Facebook photo.
Two high school students in Massachusetts were suspended and face possible expulsion after posting a homecoming photo online of themselves holding airsoft rifles.
Tito Velez, 15, and his girlfriend Jamie Pereira posed with the airsoft rifles inside his home before heading to the Bristol Plymouth Regional Technical School homecoming dance in Taunton, a local NBC affiliate reported.
“This isn’t dangerous. … You can’t kill someone with it,” Tito said. “We didn’t shoot anyone. We were pointing them at the floor. Everything was on safe, no batteries, they never left the house. We never took them to school. That’d be stupid.”
Airsoft rifles only shoot plastic pellets and are not intended to be lethal. Still, the two were suspended Monday morning after posting the photo on Facebook, and administrators are considering expulsion, the station said.
“They created a disruption, in our opinion, and that’s what they’re being punished for,” said superintendent Richard Gross.
The issue wasn’t the gun replicas themselves, but the “Homecoming 2014″ caption attached to the photo, the superintendent said.
Where does this crap stop? When does it stop? When parents enough parents say NO MORE! It stops when people start getting fired for this blatant abuse of power, and of children. This must stop. It has now become a case of a school punishing kids for what they do at home. And understand this is more of the War on Guns This is about intimidation, and re-education, and it MUST STOP! We are allowing our liberties to be taken by fanatics and bullies. And it makes me ill that more parents are not standing up and demanding an end to such abuse. I promise you, if enough parents showed up at the school, lawyers in tow, and demanded this be fixed, it would be fixed damn quick!