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Schools treating students like criminals for going to a range


Daily WireNear the end of third period, my teacher got a call from the office saying I need to go down and see a Mr. Greenleaf. I didn’t know Mr. Greenleaf, but it turned out that he was an armed school resource officer. I went down and found him, and he escorted me to his office. Then a second security officer walked in and sat behind me. Both began questioning me intensely. First, they began berating my tweet, although neither of them had read it; then they began aggressively asking questions about who I went to the range with, whose gun we used, about my father, etc. They were incredibly condescending and rude.

Then a third officer from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office walked in, and began asking me the same questions again. At that point, I asked whether I could record the interview. They said no. I asked if I had done anything wrong. Again, they answered no. I asked why I was there. One said, “Don’t get snappy with me, do you not remember what happened here a few months ago?”

They continued to question me aggressively, though they could cite nothing I had done wrong. They kept calling me “the pro-Second Amendment kid.” I was shocked and honestly, scared. It definitely felt like they were attempting to intimidate me.

I was treated like a criminal for no reason other than having gone to the gun range and posted on social media about it.

I can understand the pressure the police agencies are under, particularly at this school, but there's absolutely no excuse for the way this was handled. This is not just a safety thing. This is a social ostracism thing. The effect -- whether or not it is the intent -- is to place dramatic social pressure on adolescents to avoid guns and any positive experiences or training relating to guns. It will kill the positive gun culture, if allowed to continue, and the only remaining gun culture will be the criminal and spree killer culture. It's like Operation Fast and Furious. Give the criminals guns and let them commit crimes, then use the crimes to call for gun control. That's why the police only crack down on the people who aren't dangerous.

And if you think it's not at least partially deliberate, remember teaching is political.

This entry was published Thu Apr 26 09:21:12 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-04-26 09:21:12.0. [Tweet]

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