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NC teen arrested for bringing shotguns to school by mistake... Gets full ride to Christian University...

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I didn't see this topic in a brief search, so here goes.

This story's been making its rounds the past week or so.

Basically, a kid realizes that he left a couple shotguns in his vehicle from a weekend ***** shooting trip. The problem is that he's already at school, and if he leaves he'll be in trouble. He calls his mom to ask for advice, and the conversation is overheard by an administrator who notifies the police.

He gets arrested and told he won't be allowed to graduate. Public outcry is enough that the school says they will allow him to graduate (just not walk across the stage.)

Meanwhile, Liberty university offers him a full ride, going so far as to comment about this kid trying to do the right thing and getting in trouble for it in a time where America is praising an NBA player for coming out as homosexual (no, I didn't make that up.)

 

http://www.wral.com/attention-after-gun-charge-garners-scholarship-offers-for-teen/12404125/

 

http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/liberty-univ-offers-scholarship-to-eagle-scout-facing-gun-charges.html

 

 

When you see a basketball player who is glorified for announcing that he’s gay and then you see an honest young man like Cole arrested and treated like a criminal for making an honest mistake – you wonder what’s happening to our country,” he said. “The culture seems to be completely disconnected from our roots – our Christian heritage and our Constitution. I hope the American people wake up before it’s too late

 

 

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lol at $k33t being on the naughty word list

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Oh, he also got an offer from Harding University.

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I'll say it again... zero tolerance policies are stupid.

The kid made a mistake. It could have been easily rectified.

An administrator could have escorted him or his parents to the car and let them remove it from campus... he could have gotten some ISS or been suspended for a day or two and then been done with it.

Kid tried to do right and got burned for it. He should have just called his mom, had her check him out and drove home... he wasn't thinking that way I guess.

Stupid policies.

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when should a kid be arrested for bringing two guns to school?

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also congrats on the full ride to clown college, kid who brought guns to school

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What no offer from Virginia Tech whats up with that

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the school's initial action was correct. what would've happened if they'd ignored the phonecall about guns in a truck they overheard and then someone was hurt or killed? it does seem they've bungled the aftermath; withholding graduation is utterly idiotic. mitigating circumstances are a part of life and that's why zero tolerance policies are pretty damn stupid.

 

but in all honesty the most nut-cramping part of this story to me is liberty university's response. it's utterly sickening to me that an educational institution professing to be based around jesus's teachings is so inextricably tied to a political agenda utterly irrelevant (and arguably diametrically opposed) to the teachings of the guy they claim leads to salvation. you cannot be gay at liberty university, but if you bring killing machines to school and someone makes a big deal out of it, hey, here's a scholarship, you poor persecuted individual, because we want to make a statement that wake up america!!! and whatnot

 

the spirit of jerry falwell lives on.

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So... we shouldn't have zero tolerance policies regarding bringing guns/deadly weapons to schools?

 

Should we say it is permissible for children to bring guns to school so long as the guns stay in their cars?

 

To me, it is never appropriate for children to bring guns to school.

 

Also, I wouldn't consider Liberty University an "educational institution."

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it will be interesting to compare responses in this thread to responses in the thread about the kid who accidentally made a chemical explosive device. will those who insist "rules are rules" similarly apply that line of thinking in this case as well?

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Also, I wouldn't consider Liberty University an "educational institution."

 

I don't have a dog in the fight either way, but they are fully accredited. the only place i'd agree with that assessment is in "creation science" classes (at least from the research i've done on them, others may have differing experiences.)

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My initial feelings were that, IF he indeed was trying to do the right thing, then the punishment shouldn't be terribly severe.

The problem with that, though, is that IMHO guns aren't something that you "forget" you leave in your vehicle as a responsible gun owner. Therefore, a more severe punishment is fitting. Eagle Scout/Honor Student/Whatever, none of that matters if you show that level of irresponsibility and disregard for a potentially bad situation.

 

The biggest problem I have, like PhillyB, is people jumping at the opportunity to politicize/religionize the situation.

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