Tag: Toy weapon

The Zero Tolerance Nadir

I would say that Zero Tolerance has reached its maximum stupidity. But then again, I’ve said that before:

A suspended seventh grade Virginia Beach student will find out soon if he is expelled for the rest of the year for shooting an airsoft gun.

Like thousands of others in Hampton Roads, Khalid Caraballo plays with airsoft guns. Caraballo and his friend Aidan were suspended because they shot two other friends who were with them while playing with the guns as they waited for the school bus.

The two seventh graders say they never went to the bus stop; 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.

For their part, the school is claiming other kids were shot with the toy guns, including one near the bus stop who was running away from the shooters. Even if their version of events is correct, I don’t that suspension and possible expulsion are warranted.

The police have declined to charge anyone in this case, meaning the police have a bit more sense than anyone else involved. Technically, shooting an airgun is illegal unless it on private property with the permission of the owners, which Khlalid is claiming was the case.