We talk all the time about how stupid certain "zero tolerance" polices can be. But this might be the most egregious example.
A middle school student in Ohio was issued a 10-day suspension because he "liked" a photo of a gun on Instagram. The post was simply captioned with the word, "Ready.
" According to the parents of Zachary Bowlin, the reason for the suspension, as indicated by the notice they received, was: "Liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence." It was not made clear who posted the original picture, but it is worth noting that it was not even a real gun, but an Airsoft gun.
School officials were made aware of the threatening photo late last week and the following day, students were called to the office where they were patted down and checked for weapons. Citing the school's zero tolerance policy for weapons and violence, Zachary was suspended.
We get it. Students can't bring guns to school. No one argues with that. But to be suspended for liking a picture of a gun, not even on school grounds or during school hours? C'mon. The school said that the caption, "Ready," is what concerned them. Did they ever think that it could be referencing how the person who posted the photo was "ready" for an Airsoft battle? Probably not.
The good news is that since this story has gone viral, the school has backed off and dropped the suspension.