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Student Daniel McLaine Jr. Suspended for Putting Picture of Gun on Desktop

A student at Poston Butte High School in Arizona was suspended for displaying a photo of a gun on the background of his computer. 

Daniel McLaine Jr. is a freshman at the high school and said he chose to put the picture of an AK-47 on top of a flag on his school-issued computer. A teacher noticed the image and he was then suspended. 

He said he found the picture online and that the gun is not his.

Students are not allowed to "send or display offensive messages or pictures" and cannot "access, send, create, or forward pictures that are considered harassing, threatening, or illegal." Poston Butte is arguing that McLaine broke these rules when he uploaded the picture onto his desktop.

McLain, however, disagrees. 

"This gun wallpaper does not show anything that's violent. It's not showing anybody getting shot in any way," he said. "It's just a picture of a gun. It's nothing - nobody getting shot, nobody getting it pointed at them, it's nothing."

Officials at the school noted that the tense atmosphere about guns lately has led them to be more sensitive about incidents involving them. 

Dana Hawman, spokesperson for the Florence Unified School District, said:

"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."

Daniel McLaine Sr., the student's father, said he also disagrees with his suspension, which was to last three days. He thinks they should have at least issued him a warning first. 

His father was able to convince school officials to shorten his suspension.



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