13-year-old boys suspended from school for playing with toy gun in front of home
Like any average 13-year-olds, Khalid Caraballo, Aidan Clark and two other boys like to play with toy guns. Now their actions have led to an extended suspension from school.
A neighbor, whose son was also playing with the three teens, didn’t like the way Khalid was pointing the gun at his peers.
She called 911, and police came to the scene. While the three boys, minus the 911 caller’s son were not charged by police, they have been suspended from school until June.
The students’ parents initially 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, as was recommended by the school’s principal…The boys were suspended because they shot two other friends who were with them while playing with the guns as they waited for the school bus September 12. The two seventh graders say they never went to the bus stop with the guns; they fired the airsoft guns while on Caraballo’s private property.
The children were initially suspended for possession, handling and use of a firearm. The offense was changed by officials at the school to possession, handling and use of an airsoft gun.
The bus stop is 70 yards from the Caraballo’s front yard. The caller knew the gun wasn’t real, and acknowledged that her son was playing with the boys. The airsoft guns are non lethal and use plastic pellets.
Despite the instance taking place on private property, the boys were still suspended. Is the school overstepping their boundaries?
Is the sentence a bit too harsh?
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