In the wake of several high-profile shootings and a national debate regarding gun control, public schools have become notoriously hypersensitive about the possession of anything resembling a firearm on campus. While harsh rules are often enforced with abandon, children have at least been able to play with traditional toy guns while away from school property.
Unfortunately, school administrators now consider such harmless behavior at home to be sufficient basis for draconian punishment.
A 12-year-old in Virginia Beach, Va., recently learned how serious — and delusional – the response to playing in his front yard can be. He and a friend were playing with a pellet gun at his home one morning when the school bus arrived. Khalid Caraballo and his friend were promptly disciplined and both face suspension for the incident. Carabello could be kept out of school for the remainder of the school year as a result of his off-campus playtime.
Reports indicate he is accused of “possession, handling and use of a firearm,” even though he was wielding a perfectly legal toy at his own home.
He respectfully denied carrying the gun, which his mother said she bought for $25, to the bus stop and said he never planned to take it with him.
“We were in our yard,” he said. “This had nothing to do with school.”
Caraballo’s parents were understandably perplexed with the unusually harsh response. His father accused the school of ignoring common sense in the incident.
As educators continue to distort lessons based on their own ideology, students learn the mere existence of anything gun-shaped warrants outrage. Though parents can use the time they have with their children to rebut the dangerous ideals disseminated within the school, this disturbing development proves the extensive reach of radical leftism is not confined to the campus.
Hopefully, this undeserved suspension will prompt Caraballo’s parents, along with others in the community, to consider a private school that embraces a sensible response to security while allowing children to be children.
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