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Florence AZ student suspended over picture of gun - insane?

Quietman ~PWCM~JLA 2013/02/05 00:01:47
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FLORENCE, AZ - A high school student in Florence said he has been suspended because of a picture of a gun.


Daniel McClaine Jr., a freshman at Poston Butte High School, said he saved the picture as his desktop background on his school-issued computer.


A teacher noticed it and turned him in.


The picture shows an AK-47 on top of a flag.


McClaine said the school initially suspended him for three days Friday.


Since the laptop belongs to the school, the district policy states students are prohibited from “sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures,” and cannot access, send, create or forward pictures that are considered “harassing, threatening, or illegal.”


McClaine said he read the guidelines but does not consider the picture threatening to anyone.


“This gun wallpaper does not show anything that’s violent. It's not showing anybody getting shot in any way. It's just a picture of a gun. It's nothing -- nobody getting shot, nobody getting it pointed at them, it's nothing,” said McClaine.


McClaine said the gun is not his. He’s interested in joining the military and said he found it on the internet.



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  • Gilead 2013/02/05 00:04:27
    Yes
    Gilead
    +6
    It's a photograph of a piece of equipment.
    Pretty stupid since in Arizona you can walk damned near anywhere with an open or concealed carry firearm (like I am NOW).

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  • Katherine 2013/03/05 08:46:27
    Yes
    Katherine
    +1
    Hm. I think if I had a child I might be interested in getting a gun tattoo on my children so the government will demand that I home school them.
  • texasred 2013/02/07 23:04:20
    Yes
    texasred
    +2
    Schools are getting more idiotic by the minute. Suspend someone for a picture of a gun, but take a student to get an abortion without notifying a parent. Sick puppies.
  • Professor Wizard 2013/02/05 16:12:53
    Yes
    Professor Wizard
    +1
    What the hell has happened to our school systems?

    Have all the teachers lost their ability of rational reason?

    I am wondering if Vegas is going to start taking bets on what the next ludicrous thing will get a kid suspended.
  • Danielle 2013/02/05 15:15:59
    Yes
    Danielle
    +1
    The world has gone mad. Really and truly. That teacher showed poor judgment by making mountains out of molehills but being the case that many teachers are liberal it doesn't surprise me she'd be this foolish and jump the gun herself over this issue.
  • donopolis 2013/02/05 12:33:48
    None of the above
    donopolis
    I have a feeling there is probably more to this story.

    That being said...

    If the teacher felt that the image was offensive/threatening the student should have just been asked to remove it. Pehaps along with a lecture of being sensitive towards others.
  • kiote1963 2013/02/05 10:55:56
    Yes
    kiote1963
    +1
    100% insane!!!!! Maybe the teacher has control issues?
  • phil.olding.3 2013/02/05 10:36:59
    Yes
    phil.olding.3
    +1
    Of course that's insane! Putting a background on your computer would probably fall under "expressing yourself"...
  • Broken 2013/02/05 10:15:36
    Yes
    Broken
    +1
    Complete and total insanity. Every school and school board in this country needs to be revamped. ALL the leftist idiots need to be removed and only people with some shred of common sense should be allowed to remain. We'd probably have less than 20% of the original number remaining.
  • redhorse29 2013/02/05 09:23:00
    Yes
    redhorse29
    +2
    This is yet again the liberal progressive socialist mind control that strips educators of any semblance of common sense. It is amazing the very people that claim to help our children to thing clearly and make good decisions are the very people that support and promote absolute rules precluding any flexibility.
  • Felicity Gale 2013/02/05 07:00:41
    No
    Felicity Gale
    Its called zero tolerance... why would you post a picture of a gun.... a rock star, a sunset, a cityscape, mountains, sport star, cat maybe ... but a Gun????
  • kiote1963 Felicit... 2013/02/05 10:54:38
    kiote1963
    +1
    Why not a gun....who is to dictate what we can or can't like...would he have been expelled for a having hammer for a desktop background...a gun is just a tool! Guns kill people like spoons made Rosie O'donnell fat!!!
  • Felicit... kiote1963 2013/02/05 11:35:32
    Felicity Gale
    At least it should help the authorities to be aware of where his mind(sic) might be at? It might ensure that they keep a closer eye on him and really make sure that his mom's guns are well secured!
  • kiote1963 Felicit... 2013/02/05 19:33:19
    kiote1963
    So are you saying everyone that likes guns are sick mentally????
  • Bonita Colley 2013/02/05 04:05:53
    Yes
    Bonita Colley
    +2
    People are getting stupider and stupider!!!!
  • Gregaj7 2013/02/05 03:06:07
    Yes
    Gregaj7
    +2
    I guess it's out of the question for a student, being a "rocket-scientist (literally)", to post, as their background, a nuclear device.
  • Redneck Gal 2013/02/05 02:49:06
    No
    Redneck Gal
    +1
    Maybe a few years ago it would have seemed insane but given today's environment and following Sandy Hook, the kid probably should have put something else on his desk top. People are quite hypersensitive about guns right now.
  • rk 2013/02/05 02:44:32
    Yes
    rk
  • joe keeney 2013/02/05 02:36:03
    Yes
    joe keeney
    +1
    Liberal want to bring back inquisition Rack your A$$ for info on who got guns.
  • dru dixon 2013/02/05 01:24:51
    No
    dru dixon
    Nowadays who knows anymore!
  • I NEED A HORSE 2013/02/05 01:21:07
  • Doc. J 2013/02/05 01:07:55
    Yes
    Doc. J
    +4
    Yeah......this is more than a bit of a batsh!t overeaction.
    O.K. it's a school issued computer, and they get to decide what's threatening, and offensive etc......BUT C'MON!
    They could have at least warned him off the picture, or asked him to remove it....But no, let's demonstrate how nonrational we can be and just suspend him....

    Douchebags....
  • dave b 2013/02/05 01:05:29
    Yes
    dave b
    +4
    This is the stupidity that runs rampant in America today.
  • Louisa - Enemy of the State 2013/02/05 00:38:04
    Yes
    Louisa - Enemy of the State
    +4
    But the question of the day is: Would Joey Gun be able to attend school under his rightful name? Or would the family be ordered to change their name to something less frightful.
  • seadog6608PWCM 2013/02/05 00:29:28
  • JT For Political Reform 2013/02/05 00:24:56
  • goatman112003 2013/02/05 00:22:57
    Yes
    goatman112003
    +4
    We must think correctly or else we are punished. You haven't seen anything yet.
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2013/02/05 00:18:15
    Yes
    Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆
    +3
    And of a piece with the campaign to disarm the populace.
  • Chibi Guru Z 2013/02/05 00:10:33
    Yes
    Chibi Guru Z
    +4
    Meanwhile, you can actually shoot someone and be a victim of society.
  • Cn2012 2013/02/05 00:07:48
    Yes
    Cn2012
    +4
    It's definitely crazy over reaction, but welcome to the new America.
  • Mel 2013/02/05 00:07:12
    Yes
    Mel
    +4
    Yep to may people are totally freaking out over gun issues, what's gonna be next...is someone gonna call the Cops for a gun shop having a billboard on the highway?
  • Felicit... Mel 2013/02/05 07:02:32
    Felicity Gale
    With any luck there won't be any gun shops?
  • Mel Felicit... 2013/02/05 14:25:09
    Mel
    +1
    Keep dreaming lady.
  • Gilead 2013/02/05 00:04:27
    Yes
    Gilead
    +6
    It's a photograph of a piece of equipment.
    Pretty stupid since in Arizona you can walk damned near anywhere with an open or concealed carry firearm (like I am NOW).

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