Here we go again! Another day…another school suspension that has to do with something as simple as a picture of a big, bad gun dontcha know!
This time the person involved is high school freshman David McClaine Jr. and a picture he had saved for his desktop background. As if that picture is going to jump out of the computer, turn into a real AK-47 and start randomly shooting at everyone all by it’s lonesome!
When is this craziness going to end with those that are in authority and their suspensions for everyone of all ages? This comes down to their own lunacy regarding guns via their own viewfinders in life! It’s insanity…enough is enough!
Here’s the report. See what you think about all of this. – This is via abc15:
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.
Dana Hawman, a spokesperson for the Florence Unified School District, released the following statement:
Although we cannot specifically discuss student discipline, we can certainly agree that violence in schools is a sensitive and timely issue. Students, parents and staff are on edge, and the daily news delivers more reasons for caution. All of us must work together to protect our kids and to cultivate an environment that is conducive to learning.
Daniel’s father said after ABC15 contacted the school, the administration backed down and will let his son return to school on Monday instead of Wednesday.
“To me it’s ridiculous. Three days for a picture? It wasn’t like he was standing in front of the school holding the gun,” said Daniel McClaine Sr. “He should have got a warning. He shouldn’t have ever been suspended. Not for something so frivolous.”
You can read another great report here. This has more information about all involved with this story above, and some of the ridiculous suspension in the past, some of which I’ve posted about in as well.
So friends, what do you think about all of this? Do any of you think this big brother, authoritarian attitude is going to come to a halt anytime soon in our public schools across this land…or not?
Throw in your two cents…Fire Away – Inquiring Minds Want to Know!