Zachary Bowlin received a 10-day suspension from Edgewood Middle School in Trenton, Ohio after he liked a photo on his Instagram of a gun.
“I liked it, scrolling down Instagram at night about 7, 8 o’clock I liked it,” Zachary told WXIX. ‘The next morning they called me down (to the office) patted me down and checked me for weapons.”
He told WCMH, “I don’t think I did anything wrong… Then, they told me I was getting expelled or suspended or whatever.”
He was sent home with a note for his parents explaining the cause of his suspension. Bowlin’s parents however, were not ready to take this one lying down.
The Daily Mail continues:
The letter said Zachary was suspended for ‘liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence.’
His father, Martin Bowlin, said he was upset when his son came home and was suspended.
‘I was livid,’ Martin told WCMH. ‘He never shared, he never commented, never made a threatening post … [he] just liked it.’
His mother, Cindy Martin, took to Facebook to express her frustration with the situation.
‘This sickens me! Not anywhere on the boys Instagram post did it say anything about taking a gun to school. This is a bunch of s*** if I ever seen any……. SMH,’ she wrote in a post on May 4.
‘People wake up and teach your children right from wrong and teach them not to blow s*** out of proportion.
‘Now 2 innocent harmless boys got in trouble over some pansy cry bag making s*** up!’
Russ Fussnecker, the superintendent of Edgewood City Schools released a statement to WXIX that stated:
In a statement released to WXIX, the superintendent of Edgewood City Schools said:
‘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 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.