Three seventh graders were suspended from school for playing with toy guns on private property in Virginia Beach, Va. on Sept. 12.
The property belonged to one of the boys, Khalid Caraballo.
Apparently, the children were suspended by Larkspur Middle School because they “shot” at their friends with airsoft guns while waiting for the school bus (video below).
However, the boys claim that they never went to the bus stop, but played with the airsoft guns while in Caraballo’s yard, which is 70 yards from the bus stop.
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“My son is my private property,” Khalid’s mother, Solangel Caraballo, told WAVY. “He does not become the school’s property until he goes to the bus stop, gets on the bus, and goes to school.”
The children may also by expelled for a year by Larkspur Middle School for “possession, handling and use of a firearm.”
“We did see the bus come,” said Khalid. “We put the gun down. We did not take the airsoft gun to the bus stop. We did not take the gun to school.”
The principal of Larkspur Middle School, Matthew Delaney, claims the “children were firing pellet guns at each other, and at people near the bus stop.”
Delaney says that one child “was only 10 feet from the bus stop, and ran from the shots being fired, but was still hit.”
However, Khalid says all the shots were fired while on his yard.
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“Yes, it’s unfair because we were in our yard,” Khalid added. “This had nothing to do with school. I didn’t have anything at school at anytime.”
“It’s terrible. I won’t get the chance to go to a good college. It’s on your school record. The school said I had possession of a firearm. They aren’t going to ask me any questions. They are going to think it was a real gun, and I was trying to hurt someone.They will say ‘Oh, we can’t accept you.’”