Middle Schooler Suspended for 10 Days for
'Liking' Pellet Gun Photo on Instagram

By Philip Hodges. May 8th, 2017

It used to be that if a kid ate his pop tart into a shape that even vaguely resembled a gun, or if he pointed his finger and said 'pow,' that would get him suspended. Schools these days take a hard line approach to preventing violence to protect the student body. From pop tart 'guns.' And assault fingers.

It's even gone further than that. A 13-year-old student at Edgewood Middle School in Ohio had the audacity to 'like' a photo on Instagram of a pellet hand gun. The caption under the photo was 'Ready.'

It was one evening last week when he hit the 'like' button under the photo. "I liked it, scrolling down Instagram at night about 7, 8 o'clock, I liked it," Zachary Bowlin said.

The next morning after Bowlin had 'liked' the gun photo, school officials had him come to the principal's office. They patted him down for weapons and let him know that he'd been suspended.

The note they sent home with him to his parents mentioned this is the reason for the 10-day suspension, "Liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence." .......

Over time we have reported on numerous absurd "zero tolerance" situations at schools, each seeming to outdo the last. This one could very well win the top prize however due to its absolute absurdity - being labeled as indicating "school violence". Although since establishing that the gun was actually an airsoft pellet gun, the suspension was dropped, it is still almost beyond belief that the whole thing ever occurred - not to mention the apparent surveillance of pupil's social media.

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