FLORENCE, AZ - A high school student in Florence said he has been suspended because of a picture of a gun.
Daniel McClaine Jr., a freshman at Poston Butte High School, said he saved the picture as his desktop background on his school-issued computer.
A teacher noticed it and turned him in.
The picture shows an AK-47 on top of a flag.
McClaine said the school initially suspended him for three days Friday.
Since the laptop belongs to the school, the district policy states students are prohibited from “sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures,” and cannot access, send, create or forward pictures that are considered “harassing, threatening, or illegal.”
McClaine said he read the guidelines but does not consider the picture threatening to anyone.
“This gun wallpaper does not show anything that’s violent. It's not showing anybody getting shot in any way. It's just a picture of a gun. It's nothing -- nobody getting shot, nobody getting it pointed at them, it's nothing,” said McClaine.
McClaine said the gun is not his. He’s interested in joining the military and said he found it on the internet.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Raving Idiots and Thoughtcrime
I can somewhat see the reasoning behind school districts prohibiting kids playing with toy guns or even simulating a gun with your fingers while playing. They are trying to discourage aggressive forms of play based on the assumption that these will lead to mass murder. This is pretty ridiculous, but I can at least see a connection as having some slight possibility. But stuff like this is proof that raving idiots run some school districts. From ABC Channel 15 in Arizona February 3, 2013: