Boy Expelled From School For Playing With Toy Gun… In His Own Yard

And now the ultimate in “zero tolerance” stupidity. A school has expelled a boy from school because they heard he was playing with a toy gun in his own front yard.

Khalid Caraballo, a seventh-grader in Virginia Beach, VA, is about to be expelled for playing with an airsoft pistol in his own yard as he waited to be picked up by the school bus.

Thanks to a nosy, buttinski neighbor, who should be prosecuted for improper use of 9-1-1, called the cops on the kids playing in their own yard on Sept. 9. It wasn’t long before the school decided without proof that the boy was somehow threatening people with the gun.

Khalid, though, says that he and a friend were shooting the pellets into Khalid’s own yard but not shooting at anyone else.

Even the buttinski neighbor said that the kids were firing the gun at a target near a tree in Khalid’s own yard and that there was a net behind the target to catch stray shots. No one at all was in any danger.

WAVY TV conducted multiple interviews with several of the kids involved and all affirm that once the school bus came the kids put the gun down and left it at home.

Once officials at Larkspur Middle School heard of the incident, the two boys were suspended for “possession, handling and use of a firearm” and now the school says it is weighing whether or not they will be permanently expelled.

Naturally the boy’s parents think the whole thing is absurd.

Khalid’s mother, Solangel Caraballo, said, “My son is my private property. He does not become the school’s property until he goes to the bus stop, gets on the bus, and goes to school.

Khalid said he will never do this again. “It’s terrible. I won’t get the chance to go to a good college. It’s
on your school record. The school said I had possession of a firearm. They aren’t going to ask me any questions. They are going to think it was a real gun, and I was trying to hurt someone. They will say ‘oh, we can’t accept you.’ ”

Note what this also teaches. It teaches kids that all guns a bad. This in itself is an un-American crime against our children.

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Posted by on September 25, 2013.
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  • jim_m

    Note what this also teaches

    It teaches that government is full of overreaching, intolerant, ignorant jackasses that are more interested in asserting their power than obeying or upholding the actual law.

    It teaches contempt for authority.

    It teaches that the only freedom is found apart from government.

  • GarandFan

    Sounds like someone MAY have over-reacted. However there’s not enough solid information to come to a conclusion.

    To be honest – full disclosure: I have a major problem with ‘air-soft’ weapons. They were developed in Japan, because they CANNOT have real weapons. So they COPIED real weapons.

    Several years ago, one young stud almost got shot pulling an ‘air-soft’ from his waist band. I had about 1/2 ounce more of trigger pull to go when the orange tip of the weapon appeared.

    On another occasion we responded at 3am to a residential area with multiple reports of “men with guns in the street”. Turns out the “men” were teenagers all dressed in black, playing games. The “guns” were air-soft AR15 look-a-likes. Oh, and they didn’t like that orange tip, so they spray painted them black.

    • jim_m

      Not may have. They definitely over reacted.

      Caraballo and Clark were suspended after playing with an airsoft gun on
      the front lawn of Caraballo’s family home. A neighbor who recognized
      that the gun was not real called the police anyway, saying it made her
      feel “uncomfortable.” The police did not take any action against the
      boys, but the school moved forward with suspensions.

      The Caraballo home is 70 yards from a school bus stop, and
      administrators felt the airsoft gun imperiled students near a school
      zone.

      70 yards. 3/4 of a football field away, in an incident totally unrelated to the school or its authority with a toy that even the police refused to do anything about as it posed no threat or danger to anyone.

      This is not merely overreacting it is a grossly negligent overreach and I hope that the parents sue the three board members who made this ridiculous ruling. It is a clear overstepping of their authority and it is the adults that should be punished. Frankly, jail time would be getting off easy in their case.

      • cirby

        …and as a side note, the low-end Airsoft pistol the kids were using might, on a really good day, with favorable winds, make a shot nearly halfway to that bus stop.

    • Commander_Chico

      As they say, it’s all fun until someone loses an eye.

      But a lengthy suspension is overreacting. What happened to common sense?

      • jim_m

        As we used to say in college, “it’s all fun until someone loses an eye… And then it’s hilarious!” (yeah, we probably had too much to drink at the time), but the point is that a lot of fun things sometimes do go wrong, but that doesn’t make them illegal, nor should it.

        Common sense has been outlawed by progressive busy bodies.

      • Retired military

        If in fact they were on private property than the school board should be sued and no suspension for the kids at all.
        The school doesn’t control anything other than school grounds and on the school bus. Maybe at the bus stop but I think that is questionable as well.

  • LiberalNightmare

    << Khalid’s mother, Solangel Caraballo, said, “My son is my private property. He does not become the school’s property until he goes to the bus stop, gets on the bus, and goes to school.

    There is so much wrong with this statement.
    Hey lady! Your son *never* becomes the property of the school.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    Did Glenn Beck write this post? The lede and the 1st graf say this kid was expelled. The 7th graf says however the school is “weighing” an explusion. The only people quoted are those whose self-serving opinions would further the agenda of the post. Let’s not be the flip side of WaPo’s and NYT’s coins. In any event, all politics is local and when it comes to public school districts (which even in red or purple states generally slant further to the left even than the Idiocracy media) there’s simply no chance of them taking fully sentient or fully informed actions. Nature of the beast. But the plural of one anecdote does not equal a national trend, much less something over which to have the vapors.

    • cirby

      They actually were expelled. Until June of next year.

      If the parents are even halfway smart, they’ll never let their kids within miles of that school.

      • jim_m

        The school board in its gracious munificence has deigned to allow the parents to petition the board in January for readmittance of their children and the board will rule at that time according to how well the parents have debased themselves before the board and praised their infinite wisdom and mercy.

        • 914

          Never

        • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

          I’d prefer to see them sue the school district into the ground.

          • alanstorm

            And then pave it over.

    • Jwb10001

      What gives the busybody jackasses the right (to)even “weigh” expulsion? When did it become OK for a school authority to tell any citizen what their kids can do on their own property? If you allow this sort of thing to go on even once it’s an outrage. That you’re will to blow it off as nothing to see, after god knows how many other stories of out right abuse of power, is very telling. This deserves national attention so that the next jackass that “wieghs” some idiotic abuse of power thinks twice. They have their zero tolerance programs we should too.

  • 914

    BS , I played with them right in class..

  • Paul Hooson

    Jez, I must be a real felon then. All I ever did was to play with toy guns as a kid, playing army everyday as a child with my best friend next door, the son of Louis Armstrong’s bandleader. All Gil and I knew was playing war. Screw this political correctness that makes kids wimps today and hate guns so much…

  • Sandy Carrington

    Get all the addresses of the decision makers and block their driveways the way the Unions do it…..Intimadate the families of the decision makers the way the thug Unions do it….

  • deltamary

    Check out COMMON CORE to be taught in the schools. I had no idea what that was although I had heard of it in “passing”. I searched it on the Net and it has been approved in all but a few States so far. My State has approved it. Bad News, folks.
    Check it out-See what some of the Countries are doing so guess it will be part of the New World Order. Also- in time, it seems Home Schooling will be in the Rear View Mirrow, in time. If you have school age children,PLEASE check it out. This story is a good example