Daniel McClaine Jr., who goes to Poston Butte High School in Florence, Arizona, was suspended from school because he had a picture of a gun on his school computer (video below).
Daniel saved a picture of an AK-47 on top of a flag as his desktop background. A teacher saw it and turned the teen in. Daniel was suspended on Friday for three days, reports ABC 15.
Because it is a school laptop, it falls under a school policy that states students are prohibited from “sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures, and cannot access, send, create or forward pictures that are considered harassing, threatening, or illegal.”
“This gun wallpaper does not show anything that’s violent,” Daniel told ABC 15. “It's not showing anybody getting shot in any way. It's just a picture of a gun. It's nothing, nobody getting shot, nobody getting it pointed at them, it's nothing.”
Daniel does not own the gun, but is interested in joining the U.S. military. That's why he found the picture on the web and put it on the school's computer.
Dana Hawman, a spokesperson for the Florence Unified School District, said in a statement: “Although we cannot specifically discuss student discipline, we can certainly agree that violence in schools is a sensitive and timely issue. Students, parents and staff are on edge, and the daily news delivers more reasons for caution. All of us must work together to protect our kids and to cultivate an environment that is conducive to learning.”
After Daniel's father, Daniel McClaine Sr., called the school, officials reversed their decision and agreed to allow Daniel to go back to school on Monday instead of Wednesday.
“To me it's ridiculous,” Daniel McClaine Sr. told ABC 15. “Three days for a picture? It wasn't like he was standing in front of the school holding the gun. He should have got a warning. He shouldn't have ever been suspended. Not for something so frivolous.”
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Source: ABC 15