A group of Georgia students was suspended for terrorism when the kids collectively decided to disobey their school’s dress code.
The students took to Facebook to discuss violating the school policy.
As Appalachian Area News reports, what began as a simple request for all classmates to wear red on Monday had, by Thursday, escalated into “Everything they say we can’t wear, wear,” and “We need the hallways packed and out of control.”
In response, the principal of Cowan Road Middle School allegedly called the students’ actions terroristic threats and suspended more than 24 students.
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For reference, and as MintPress News explains, that puts the students' actions on the same level as a bomb threat.
“To me it was just a bunch of 13-year-olds acting crazy,” said Cristopher Cagle, the father of a suspended honor roll student.
Cagle went on to say that the principal “was too swift and severe with the punishment.”
Although to violate the school’s dress code is, indeed, to violate school policy, questions were raised about the extremeness of the principal’s reaction.
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MintPress News contacted the school in regards to the incident, only to find that the principal refused to speak to them. Instead, they were forwarded to the school’s PR manager. Although the school claims that threats were made, they provided neither examples nor proof to back up their claims.
The school will reportedly continue to view the incident as terrorism. The students are only being punished by having to write long essays on why civil disobedience is a crime.