A middle school student in Trenton, Ohio was recently suspended for ten days after he “liked” a picture of a fake gun on Instagram.
The parents of Zachary Bowlin, the suspended student, were outraged by the action the school took against their son.
“I was livid, I mean, I’m sitting here thinking ‘you just suspended him for ten days for liking a picture of a gun on a social media site,” father Marty Bowlin said. “He never shared, he never commented, he never made a threatening post… anything on the site just liked it.”
A local TV station, Fox19 which posted the story reported that the suspension notice from the school read:
The reason for the intended suspension is as follows: Liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence.
The gun in the photo was not even an actual gun but rather an ‘airsoft gun,’ which are used by many kids in group play.