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An Edgewood Middle School student received a 10-day suspension penalty after ‘liking’ an image of a gun that was captioned ‘ready’ on the social media website Instagram.
Zachary Bowlin’s parents posted the suspension notice that they received from the school online. This says that the reason for the suspension was ‘Liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence.’
The student’s father was deeply upset with the school’s decision. Marty Bowlin says that he was very angry and can’t understand why the school decided to issue a 10-day suspension simply because his son like a gun on a social media website. He commented that this son Zachary never even shared, commented, or worse, made a threatening post — he just liked the image.
What exactly is in the picture? It was an airsoft gun, which according to the parents of students, their children never commented on the post but just clicked the like button.
Zachary says that he ‘liked’ the said photo on Instagram at around 7 or 8 o’clock at night. The next morning, he was called to the office where he was patted down and checked for any weapons.
Since receiving the notice, the family decided to drop the suspension of Zachary and that there were no reported repercussions for the child’s action.
On Friday morning, an email was sent out to parent stating that they received news that there was an alleged threat of a student bringing a gun to school and they acted upon it. They later assured the parents that the kids at Edgewood Middle School were safe and classes will continue as normal.
The school tried to defend their standpoint and gave a statement to FOX19. In here, the administration told how they have zero tolerance for violence, harassment, intimidation, bullying, or any inappropriate behavior from its students. They also say that the students are subject to discipline as stipulated in the Student Code of Conduct even for actions that are off school property. The Superintendent of the Edgewood City Schools says that social media threats are taken seriously even for ‘liking’ a post that is potentially dangerous to the health and safety of students.