Seventh Graders Suspended for Playing With Toy Gun — at Home!

By:  Dave Bohon
09/26/2013
       
Seventh Graders Suspended for Playing With Toy Gun — at Home!

A pair of seventh grade boys in Virginia Beach, Virginia have been suspended from school for the rest of the year after they were spotted playing with toy “airsoft” guns in the front yard of one of the boys while they waited for the school bus.

Fox News reported that the boys, identified as 13-year-old Khalid Caraballo and Aidan Clark, are even facing possible expulsion from school for, according to school officials, the “possession, handling, and use of a firearm” because the boys admittedly shot the toy guns, which fire harmless plastic pellets, at other children nearby waiting for the school bus.

A neighbor called 9-11 to complain that one of the boys was “pointing the gun, and it looks like there’s a target in a tree in his front yard.” She admitted to the dispatcher that she knew the gun “is not a real one, but it makes people uncomfortable. I know that it makes me [uncomfortable], as a mom, to see a boy pointing a gun.”

While police called to the scene determined that no crime had taken place, the principal at Larkspur Middle School, Matthew Delaney, quickly swung into action, insisting that the boys had endangered other children at the bus stop close to their homes. In a statement on the school's letterhead, Delaney explained that “I was advised by the Virginia Beach Police Department ... that a passing motorist had seen a child with a gun chasing another child in the street near a Larkspur bus stop.”

Delaney wrote that in the course of his investigation he discovered that the boys had fired the toy pellet guns at each other and at people near the bus stop. “Several students verified that they had been hit by pellets and had the marks to support their claims,” the principal duly reported. “In one instance, a child was only 10 feet from the bus stop and ran from the shots being fired but was still hit.”

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