Fox News reports: A seventh-grade student in Virginia Beach, Va., has been suspended from school for playing with an airsoft gun with a friend in his front yard while waiting for the school bus.
WAVY-TV reports that 13-year-old Khalid Caraballo will find out soon if he will be expelled for “possession, handling and use of a firearm” because the guns were fired at two others playing in Caraballo’s yard.
A neighbor saw Khalid shooting the airsoft gun in his yard and called 911, telling the dispatcher, “He is pointing the gun, and it looks like there’s a target in a tree in his front yard,” the station reported.
Khalid and his friend Aidan, 13, were suspended for “possession, handling and use of a firearm.” The airsoft guns reportedly never made it to school property. The bus stop is reportedly 70 yards from the yard.
Khalid claims he never took the toy gun to the designated bus stop or Larkspur Middle School, according to the report. Two other students who fired guns were also suspended.
In a letter obtained by WAVY.com, school principal Matthew Delaney found that the “children were firing pellet guns at each other, and at people near the bus stop.” Delaney states in the letter that one child “was only 10 feet from the bus stop, and ran from the shots being fired, but was still hit.”
The school’s so-called “zero-tolerance” policy on guns extends to private property, according to the report.
Khalid’s mother, Solangel Caraballo, said it’s ridiculous that her son and his friends were suspended because they were firing the airsoft gun on private property.
“My son is my private property. He does not become the school’s property until he goes to the bus stop, gets on the bus, and goes to school,” Caraballo told the station.
Khalid told WAVY-TV he thinks the punishment is unfair and may hurt his chances of getting into a good college after graduating from high school.
“It’s on your school record. The school said I had possession of a firearm. They aren’t going to ask me any questions. They are going to think it was a real gun, and I was trying to hurt someone,” he said.
Here we go again. Peoples’ rights being trampled because gun-grabbers hit the panic button. The school officials say their zero-tolerance policy extends to private property, but the fourth amendment to the Constitution says otherwise. A person is supposed to be secure on his own property, yet these kids are being punished because of an unconstitutional policy.
The sight of this would alarm any neighbor, but the incident should have stopped there, once it was realized that it’s an airsoft gun AND on private property. End of story.
Are these kids ‘gangstas’ in the making? I don’t know, and it shouldn’t matter as far as their rights go. His concern about his school record tells me no.
I can’t speak to the firepower or velocity of this type of gun, so if you guys have knowledge on airsoft guns, please jump in with your comments.