An 11-year-old boy who attends online school was reportedly reprimanded by his principal for having a picture of a gun against an American flag as the picture on his digital profile.
According to The Blaze, the 11-year-old named Matthew, who attends online school through Wisconsin Virtual Learning, wrote an email to a representative at his school asking how their summer was, and the response he got was unexpected.
“Did you have a great summer?” asked Matthew.
“Hello Matthew. Thanks for your email," reads the response. "Just wondering if you could do me a favor and change your profile picture. No guns in school, even virtual schools. Thanks a bunch.”
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The email response was signed Jan, and although it’s not clear who Jan is, Wisconsin talk radio host Vicki McKenna claims that while investigating the matter, she discovered that the school’s principal Melissa A. Horn is threatening to expel Matthew if he doesn’t change his picture online.
McKenna’s claims are unconfirmed, but regardless, it has opened up a debate online as to whether or not an online student should have to treat school the same as he or she would if they were physically attending class, especially regarding guns.