Seventh Grader Suspended for Liking Picture of Airsoft Gun

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A seventh-grader in Ohio recently received a 10-day suspension from school because he liked a photo of an airsoft gun on Instagram.

In case you’ve never played with an airsoft gun, it’s basically a BB gun, but the BBs are plastic, and they’re fired at a lower speed, so as long as you’re wearing a face mask there’s no chance you’ll get hurt by the plastic BBs, and kids like to play with these airsoft guns because they’re sort of a less messy, inexpensive, less painful version of paint ball.

The boy’s name is Zach and he and his friends like to play airsoft in the backyard. The photo was captioned, “Ready,” and Zach “liked” it because his friend was saying he’s ready to play. The very next day when he went into school, the principal called Zach into the office, a security guard patted him down to check for weapons and the principal told Zach he was suspended for “liking a post on social media that indicated potential for school violence,” which is also what the notice said that the school sent to his parents.

The school defended their decision to enforce a policy of “zero tolerance of violent, disruptive, harassing, intimidating, bullying or any other inappropriate behavior by its students.”
After a conversation with Zach’s parents though, the school’s administration lifted his suspension.

As always, thanks for stopping by the campfire and happy trials!

-Kaleb