I wanted to put this in the posse com forum, but seeing as I saw no new topic button there...
School expels kid for playing with toy gun in OWN yard
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.
Is that bad enough? Of course not, for now the school redefines the term "expelled" to "suspension".
During a hearing Tuesday morning, Aidan Clark and Khalid Caraballo were given long-term suspensions in a unanimous vote. The suspensions will
last until June, but a hearing will be held in January to determine if they will be allowed back in school. Their parents told WAVY News' Andy Fox
their children were expelled, but when Fox looked at the official letter from the school, he found they were long-term suspensions and not expulsions.
Their parents still feel as though they were expelled.
I've been suspended from school quite a few times, sometimes for fights, sometimes for skipping, etc. Expelled means, you don't come back, period.
Better luck next year. But, since he MIGHT be able to return in JANUARY, he is only "suspended".
Ok, so let's review so far; you have a suspension that isn't a suspension, for kids playing with airsoft guns nowhere near a school building, or bus
stop, nor kids bringing toy GUNS!!!!!! to school. What started all of this crap?
For those that can't listen, the call basically says that a woman was driving by, and saw a kid shooting at a tree with a gun. It isn't until 2
minutes into the call she says it MAY be a toy gun, then a full minute after THAT says it may be a toy gun.
Did I mention the toy gun was GREEN with a red tip & she said someone should talk to his parents?
There are multiple issues at play here, please let's just not gloss over them b/c of the utter stupidity of this story, it'll be easy to do so. (I
know as soon as I read it, I shut off my laptop and swore off the internet, it's THAT asinine)
Do we talk about the gross stupidity of the blatant overreach of the school's authoritah? Or do we discuss how the school can get away with changing
the term expulsion to suspension for political purposes? OR do we talk about how stupid ppl call the police over GREEN TOY GUNS?! Or, finally, the
mentality that if you "see something, say something", or in this case call?
You decide, I'm logging off & playing league of legends until I can think rationally again.
edit on 24-9-2013 by schadenfreude because: typo in title