A seventh grader was suspended for ten days from an Ohio middle school for ‘liking’ a photo of an airsoft gun on Instagram with the caption, “ready.”
Edgewood Middle School told Zachary Bowlin’s parents they were suspending him for “liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence.” Bowlin said he liked the photo at about 7 p.m. and was called to his school office and patted down for potential weapons the next day.
Here is a screen shot of the Instagram post, screen-captured by Fox19:
“It was ten days suspension with the possibility of expulsion,” said Bowlin’s father, angrily. “I’m like, ‘For liking a gun? Did he make a comment or threat or anything?’ And it’s like, ‘No. He just liked a picture.’ I’m like, ‘Well, this can’t happen.'”
Edgewood City Schools Superintendent Russ Fussnecker said swift disciplinary action was necessary, “regardless of the kind of gun it is.” The boy who took the photo was also suspended.
“I cannot just turn my head and act as if, well, I think it may have been playful and take the chance that something happens,” he said. “I can’t take a chance.”
The suspensions were lifted after it was found the gun shoots pellets.