A 16-year-old girl has been expelled from her public high school for one year. Her crime? She brought a toy water gun home in her backpack.
She had already served a ten day suspension for the “crime”; nevertheless, the school district added the draconian one-year expulsion. And as the Daily Caller reports, the school district has also banned the girl from all public school property in the district and from all extracurricular school activities.
The girl, nicknamed “Laney,” took the fall for several boys, one of whom brought the black plastic water pistol to Prattville High School in January of 2017. She is now homeschooling.
The local newspaper provided details of the incident that led up to the severe discipline. After seventh period on a Friday, a boy handed the black plastic toy gun to Laney. Another student saw the exchange and did not know the gun was a toy. Yet that student did not report immediately.
Days later on Tuesday, the student told school officials that she had seen Laney with a gun. When confronted by school officials, Laney admitted to having the toy water gun on Friday, explaining that she had put it in her back pack in then into her car. Inferring from reports, it appears that by the time the school learned about the water gun, Laney had already taken the toy off campus to her home.
The school did not punish the boys involved in the “scheme,” and because two male students received far lesser punishments for bringing a water gun to school in April, the family is considering federal civil rights action under Title IX to clear the girl’s academic record.
the [girl’s] mother acknowledges that her daughter had the water gun on campus. She also concedes that the water gun was black, which made the plastic toy somewhat easier to mistake for a real gun. At the same time, the mad mother thinks the year-long expulsion is ridiculously severe.
“She’s 16 …. We’re not saying she should not have been punished. But she took a 10-day suspension. And then the board expelled her. We feel the expulsion is excessive.”
“After the principal and school officials knew it was a water gun, things should never have progressed this far,” Herring also told the Montgomery newspaper….
“Laney admitted she had the gun and told them it was a water gun and in her car. She and the other boy were silly and made a mistake. But the punishment she received was completely out of line for what happened.”
Add this Water Gun Expulsion to the list of public school panic over anything that might resemble a gun. The Daily Caller has a handy list of the growing anti-gun insanity:
Second-Grader Suspended For Having Pop-Tart Shaped Like A Gun (Little boy is suspended for nibbling his pop tart into a gun shape)
Pow! You’re Suspended, Kid (Six year old boy suspended for pointing his finger like a gun and saying pow)
School Confiscates Third-Grader’s Cupcakes Topped With Toy Soldiers) (School confiscates homemade birthday cupcakes decorated with green plastic toy soldiers)
Kindergartener Interrogated Over Cap Gun Until He Pees His Pants, Then Suspended 10 Days (he showed his friend his cowboy-style cap gun on the school bus)
Kindergartener Gets Detention, Forced To Apologize For Tiny Lego Gun (6 year old had a Lego “gun” the size of a quarter on the school bus)
Eighth-Grader Arrested Over NRA Shirt Returns To School In Same Shirt (the NRA shirt showed a hunting rifle and the words “protect your right”)
Junior High Teacher Tells Kid To Remove Marines T-Shirt Or Get Suspended (T-shirt showed U.S. Marine Corps interlocking rifle insignia)
Freshman Suspended For Picture Of Gun (Student set picture of a gun as the desktop background on his school-issued computer)
Paper Gun Causes Panic (Elementary girl student yelled at and searched because she had a paper gun her grandfather made for her)
Kindergartener Suspended For Making ‘Terroristic Threat’ With Hello Kitty Bubble Gun (Little girl said she was going to shoot another little girl with soapy bubbles from the Hello Kitty bubble gun)
- Targeting Toys: The Left’s War On Toy Guns
- Teacher allegedly threatens student with toy gun
- Battlefield Cross T-Shirt gets 8th grader sent home from school
- Gun control activist says he forgot he was ‘carrying’ while visiting school
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