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

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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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Kid is a DUMBASS. Skipping a class would have been the ideal decision. They cant just forgive it. What about the next kid who does it? Oh sorry I forgot LOL

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Kid is a DUMBASS. Skipping a class would have been the ideal decision. They cant just forgive it. What about the next kid who does it? Oh sorry I forgot LOL

Exactly.

 

This story does sound like a kid who made an honest mistake.  But, what about the next kid who brought them on campus and got caught with them in his/her car.  They could just claim that they forgot they were there and it was innocent.

 

That is why there are zero tolerance laws for things like this.  There is no way to know if it was a real accident (with no intent to hurt anyone) or not.

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It was not an uncommon occurrence where I went to high school.

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What happens when the school makes the assumption that it was an honest mistake.....and then the kid comes back and unloads on their classmates.

 

The public outcry against the principal and administrators would be unbelievable.

 

 

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To me, calling his mom instead of going straight to the school's administration was the mistake.

 

He should have gone to the principal, explained it was a mistake, and asked permission to get his mom to come take the weapons off the premises under the supervision of the school's staff.

 

All the school cares about is that 1) the guns were on campus, and, 2) the student tried to hide it

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To me, calling his mom instead of going straight to the school's administration was the mistake.

 

He should have gone to the principal, explained it was a mistake, and asked permission to get his mom to come take the weapons off the premises under the supervision of the school's staff.

 

All the school cares about is that 1) the guns were on campus, and, 2) the student tried to hide it

Given how the rules are written for the schools, I would think that the principal would have immediately expelled the kid and called the cops if they kid came to them.

 

The school has to enfore the law/rules as they are written.  The kid would have been forced to appeal the punishment to the school board in that case.

 

Kid was in a tough spot and I feel for him.  But, guns on campus (in today's environment) is a very serious issue. 

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

I would have no problem if the administrator called the cops in this situation and the kid was arrested... he broke the rules.

My problem with the situation are these zero tolerance laws... the kid should be punished for breaking the rules, but the punishment in this case went way overboard. Each case should be reviewed in and of itself and any punishment/consequences shouldn't be based on some rule set in stone somewhere.

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I would have no problem if the administrator called the cops in this situation and the kid was arrested... he broke the rules.

My problem with the situation are these zero tolerance laws... the kid should be punished for breaking the rules, but the punishment in this case went way overboard. Each case should be reviewed in and of itself and any punishment/consequences shouldn't be based on some rule set in stone somewhere.

 

I completely understand your point.

 

With situations like guns on campus....how can they really determine whether this was an accident or not.  They would have to take the kids word for it.  What if he were lying and had intended to do harm with the guns?

 

Guns on campus is a very slippery slope.

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