In today’s episode of “America’s Public Schools Have Gone Full-On Crazy,” a middle school student in Ohio was suspended for a whopping ten days for “liking” a picture of an airsoft gun on Instagram. Ten days. For being like every other young boy out there and loving toy guns.
The drama unfolded when Zachary Bowlin, a student of Edgewood Middle School in Trenton, accessed Instagram on his private cell phone – at home and not during school hours – and came across a picture of a cool airsoft gun on the social media site. He double-tapped the picture to show his appreciation for it and moved on with his life.
A few days later, his parents received a suspension notice in the mail that read, “The reason for the intended suspension is as follows: Liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence.”
Zachary’s parents weren’t having it.
“I was livid. I mean, I’m sitting here thinking, ‘you just suspended him for 10 days for liking a picture of a gun on a social media site,” father Marty Bowlin told WBRC-TV. “He never shared, he never commented, he never made a threatening post… anything on the site, just liked it.”
According to the pre-teen, he was called into the principal’s office and patted down for weapons the day after he committed the heinous crime of using social media. The school even sent out an email to parents indicating that they had swiftly silenced a looming threat.
“Yesterday evening school officials were made aware to an alleged threat of a student bringing a gun to school,” read the fearmongering statement. “We act on any potential threat to student safety swiftly and with the utmost importance. this morning, the alleged threat was addressed and we can assure you that all students at Edgewood Middle School are safe and school will continue as normal.”
Zachary’s parents ended up making such a ruckus over the insane ruling, though, that the school decided to drop the suspension and inflict no other punishments for his actions.