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September 24, 2013 - 7:08 am

UPDATE: The boys have been expelled from school by a unanimous vote. Unbelievable.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A seventh grade Virginia Beach student previously suspended for shooting an airsoft gun has been expelled, WAVY.com has learned.

During a hearing Tuesday morning, Aidan Clark and Khalid Caraballo were expelled in a unanimous vote. Clark was offered the option of attending an alternative school, but his father, Tim, told WAVY News’ Andy Fox he will be homeschooled.

Caraballo will attend an alternative school.

UPDATE: WAVY has corrected its story, which originally said that the boys had been expelled. They have been handed long-term suspensions until the end of the school year, which are reviewable in January. This is also unfair and wrong. The boys were on private property playing with toys that everyone at every step of of the way knew were toys. Their playtime at their own home is none of the school’s business.

The involved school administrators should be fired.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Madness:

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.

Video at the link, including audio of the idiotic 911 call. The boys played around with their plastic toys nowhere near the school or even a bus stop.

Someone needs to educate our “educators,” stat. First, what happens in a kid’s yard with the approval of his parents isn’t the school’s business unless laws are broken — and probably not even then, as schools are not arms of law enforcement except for truancy. Second, and some people who get the vapors whenever the g-word is used should probably sit down before reading the next few words, airsoft guns are not “firearms.” There is no fire involved. It’s air. I repeat: Airsoft guns are not firearms.

The adult who turned the kids in, by the way, knew that it was a toy. But it made her “uncomfortable,” so they decided to ruin a kid’s school year.

WAVY.com located the 911 caller and spoke to her.  She confirmed Khalid was taking target practice using a zombie hunter airsoft gun to kill the zombies.  There was also a net behind the target to catch the plastic pellets.

The caller also knew the gun wasn’t real and said so, “This 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,” she told the 911 dispatcher.

The woman needs to be named and shamed for being a hysterical busybody. Her behavior is childish and extremely anti-male and anti-freedom. Literally every boy shoots airsoft guns at some point. They used to have wars with them here in our neighborhood that sprawled across probably three blocks and at least ten yards. As a grown man, I was totally jealous that airsoft guns weren’t around when I was a kid.

Free Khalid! Free Aidan! Name and shame the caller and the adults who are now threatening these kids for being kids.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Pretty soon it won't be fun to be a kid anymore. Not that we're immune from this sort of thing, but thank God we live in Texas. We took our 4 year old and his marshmallow gun to the park this weekend, and no one called 911. A squirrel ran off with the ammunition, though.
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"The woman needs to be named and shamed for being a hysterical busybody."

The sad thing is she probably thinks that, not only did she do the right thing, she saved him from a certain life of violence and bloody death at the hands of an Evil Gun.

I can't wait until this becomes a widely implemented policy. Next up: getting pediatricians to ask kids if they play with toy guns and have HHS (and Dept of Education) collect the stats.
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a unanimous vote?

God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board.

Mark Twain
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I think "you know who's" security team should turn in their rifles and get some of these air guns. I would feel so much safer.
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kcosborn said>>Pretty soon it won't be fun to be a kid anymore. <<

In our Fundamentally Transformed America (TM) childhood is not for fun. Childhood is for indoctrinating the future proletariat.

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Jessica Bates; Drop Dead!
Note that the boys shot other boys with the airsofts! The very first thing we teach a boy is, "NEVER point a gun at anyone you don't intend to kill". Never ever! BB guns and pellet guns are airsoft guns. They can severely injure or even kill. Eye injuries are the worst. The parents here are derelict for permitting the boys access to the guns sans parental supervision. The school's interest stems from the site of the shooting- waiting for the school bus. It would be interesting and helpful to know precisely what make and model of airsoft guns the boys were using, but this incompetently reported story does not tell us.
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This article is clueless... I say that as a conservative. As with far too many articles at PJMedia, the editorialist treats this as some kind of isolated incident, i.e. a "one-off". It is not, and the attempt to treat it as such comes up with equally clueless analysis such as "educate the educators", "lacks common sense", and "hysterical busybody".

If you have yet to understand, this is yet one more example of tyranny. The underlying assumptions of leftism, and the almost total reach of the State into every aspect of life, means that this is NOT an isolated incident, nor should it be analyzed as such, because to do so means that you will come up with precisely the wrong solution. In all honesty, I rarely come to PJMedia any more, because the type of mealy-mouthed attitudes displayed prove beyond doubt that this is not a conservative site, it is a right-liberal forum, and as such has no philisophical basis to combat left-liberalism (the former easily morphs into the latter).

Oh well, just forget it.
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she needs to be arrested and charged with reporting a false crime
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Lawyer up, kid. The suspensions won't stand.
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