Out in Trenton (OH), Edgewood Middle School seventh-grade-student Zachary Bowlin was slapped with a 10-day suspension upon throwing a “like” at an Instagram post of an airsoft gun (entitled “Ready”).
— WLWT.com (@WLWT) May 8, 2017
“I don’t think I did anything wrong,” Zachary said. “[The] next morning, they called me down and, like, patted me down and checked me for weapons. Then, they told me I was getting expelled or suspended or whatever.”
“I was livid,” Zachary’s father, Martin Bowlin, stressed. “He never shared; he never commented, never made a threatening post…[he] just liked it.”
Edgewood City Schools Superintendent Russ Fussnecker released this statement:
“Concerning the recent social-media posting of a gun with the caption ‘Ready,’ and the liking of this post by another student, the policy at Edgewood City Schools reads as follows: The (school) board has a ‘zero tolerance’ of violent, disruptive, harassing, intimidating, bullying, or any other inappropriate behavior by its students. … Furthermore, the policy states: Students are also subject to discipline as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct that occurs off school property when the misbehavior adversely affects the educational process.”
Fussnecker continued to say, “As the Superintendent of the Edgewood City Schools, I assure you that any social-media threat will be taken serious including those who ‘like’ the post when it potentially endangers the health and safety of students or adversely affects the educational process.”