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Students punished for playing with airsoft guns.

Sep. 24, 2013

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more insane… Two 7th-graders are facing punishment for playing with airsoft guns – on private property.


“Like thousands of others in Hampton Roads, Khalid Caraballo plays with airsoft guns. Caraballo and his friend Aidan were suspended because they shot two other friends who were with them while playing with the guns as they waited for the school bus. The two seventh graders say they never went to the bus stop; they fired the airsoft guns while on Caraballo’s private property. … Khalid and Aiden aren’t only suspended, they were recommended to be expelled for a year for ‘possession, handling and use of a firearm.’ This story that addresses Zero Tolerance extending to private property began on September 9 with a 911 call from a concerned citizen.”

“Zero tolerance” is asinine enough. In this case, the school claims the right to extend “zero tolerance” to private property. This is just the latest example of political correctness gone bonkers. As professor and blogger Glenn Reynolds observes, “Sending a kid – especially a boy – to public school is looking more and more like parental malpractice.” Unfortunately, these types of stories are all too common.

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