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School Gives Children Three Month Suspensions For Playing With Toy Guns In Their Own Yard

Written By : John Hawkins
September 30, 2013

I would hope that some conservative group would offer free legal help to this family while encouraging them to sue this school for enough money to put all their kids through college. It’s a shame it has to come to that, but it’s the only thing these arrogant liberals understand.

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During a hearing with a disciplinary committee Tuesday morning, Aidan Clark, Khalid Caraballo and a third friend were given long-term suspensions in a unanimous vote. The suspensions will last until June, but a hearing will be held January 27 to determine if they will be allowed back in school sooner.

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. Their parents still feel as though their children were expelled.

“I’m more than angry … it’s like an expulsion-suspension,” said Tim Clark, Aidan’s father.

Like thousands of others in Hampton Roads, Caraballo and Clark play with airsoft guns. 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.

Aidan’s father, Tim Clark, told WAVY.com what happened next lacks commons sense. The children were suspended for possession, handling and use of a firearm. On Tuesday, that offense was changed by school officials to possession, handling and use of an airsoft gun.

Khalid’s mother, Solangel Caraballo, thinks it is ridiculous the Virginia Beach City Public School System suspended her 13-year-old son and his friends because they were firing a spring-driven airsoft gun on the Caraballo’s private property.

“My son is my private property,” she said. “He does not become the school’s property until he goes to the bus stop, gets on the bus, and goes to school.”

The bus stop in question is 70 yards from the Caraballo’s front yard.

…Khalid insists all shots fired were on his private property. The three children firing the guns were suspended. The three others who did not fire the guns were not suspended.

Khalid thinks the suspensions are unfair: “Yes, it’s unfair because we were in our yard. This had nothing to do with school. I didn’t have anything at school at anytime.”

The school can call it a “suspension,” but at that length  it’s an expulsion. What’s next? Will these schools expel children for playing with toy guns in their own homes? Can they suspend kids for having parents that are in the NRA? It’s time to draw a line, right here, right now, with this abuse, by this school. It’s time to stand up and say “no more.”

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