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February 23, 2009

Teen Suspended, Not Expelled, For Shooting Nerf Gun In School

By Dave Hurteau

From The Columbus Dispatch:

Columbus City Schools will not expel a Northland High School student who fired a Nerf foam-dart gun in school.

Devon Scott, 14, could have been expelled for at least one year if district officials had adhered to a strict interpretation of the state's zero-tolerance weapons policy and the federal Gun-Free Schools Act, which, in theory, apply even to look-alike weapons.

At a disciplinary hearing yesterday, however, officials decided that a previously imposed suspension was sufficient punishment for Scott, who will be permitted to return to class.

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from 60256 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Are you kidding me?!?!? A NERF GUN and you were going to SUSPEND or EXPELL him!!!??? THat is the most pointless and stupid thing that i have heard in a while. I understand "no tolerance", but that is way out of line to even contemplate expulsion.

Nate

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from michaux wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

This has to be real!! Nobody could just make this kind of stuff up. Suspended because he has a Nerf Gun. Thank God he did not have a sponge grenade or he would have gone to junior jail.

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from Dan the Man wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

This is just to stupid to make up! All school officials are the same. "Guns bad!" Even Nerf as at the mercy of these gun nazis.

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from jjas wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Geez......this stuff gets dumber and dumber. Apparently to be a school administrator a frontal lobotomy is a prerequisite.

Jim

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from steve182 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Don't see how a Nerf gun could be considered a look-alike weapon. Where will it end, people?

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from Chris Carpenter wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

sound normal im in high school and they'll suspend you for the little things. We were on lockdown the other day cause some students found a bomb threat.

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from alabamahunter wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

A couple of months ago a kid in my high school got busted with a compound bow and about a dozen arrows and broadheads. This would have resulted in expulsion from the vast majority nowadays especially since it is a real weapon, but the small town, southern school I attend couldn't care less. The kid, who is a close friend, was asked to not leave it in his truck anymore, and no further action was taken.

That said, had the superintendent gotten word of this, it would have been hell for the principal and everyone else involved. She's a damn liberal anyway, which is why her contract wont be renewed.

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from Sportsman Matt wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

You know what they say...

Bring anything not PC... get expelled, tarred and feathered.

Bring in a Nerf Gun, get a slap on the wrist, some publicity for Nerf, and go out and do it again.

I've been afraid to send my kids to school, not because of it being dangerous, but basically because there are way too many whack jobs in there trying to fill my kids heads up with garbage and baloney.

I heard the baloney, and what's worse is the school board is endorsing this hook line and sinker.

Like you shouldn't raise your voice if your upset. You should always wear your seatbelt. You should always call 911 if you see a gun in your house. You should tell a stranger where another stranger supposedly touched you, because the first stranger told you the second stranger did, even if it isn't true. Don't let your parents tell you what to do, you can do what you want. Etc. Etc.

I know that when I grew up, if you were in trouble, you were in trouble. You took responsibility for your actions, not blame someone else for your misfortune. You got into a scuffle in the playground, you duked it out. If you lost, you lost. If you one, you won.

Today people are taking things way out of context and way out of line, makes you wonder when Big Brother is going to crash down the door to tell you what to do every moment of your life.

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from buckshot89 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

this is indeed true, i live about a half hour north of columbus... i find this rediculus. it was a foam dart, not a bullet. nurf guns dont even look like real firearms. but, it could have been worse.

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from JohnR wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I think detention would have sufficed. Suspension is way over the top IMHO!

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from senkoman12 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

whats gonna happen have someone get shot in the eye

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from t.h.e.j.k. wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I see no reason for him to get in trouble at all. My brother had expressed permiossion from the principal to bring a cap gun for his book report.

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from 60256 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Chris,
I hear ya. We had 5 lockdowns last year for bomb threats. Each kid that they found got suspended for a week and put on trial.

Nate

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from buckstopper wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Would it have been corporal punishment if the principal used a "nerf" foam paddle on this kid?

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from finnyk wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Uhh . . . Hello? This is reality calling. Are their any sane people left? Sure this was a dumb stunt; but, come on! ISS for a day would make the kid think about what he did and teach a lesson. Teachers will once again take the fallout for bad administrative policies.

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from jamesti wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

this si what it has come to. no tolerance can go way to far. there is no reason for this waste of resources and disruption to peoples lives.

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from matthew wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

senkoman go do yourself a favor buy a nerf gun and have someone shoot you with it and then answer your own question.

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from Fisher Boy wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

a Nerf gun, seriously, they can't even leave a mark, and lets suspend him, there was probably worse that happened that day

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from bobbywade wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

i think this is absolutely insane. i can understand if it was a air soft gun or something but it was only a nerf gun . i think his consequences were a little harsh but this just goes to show you were america has went to!!! GET-R-DONE

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from bobbywade wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

THIS WAS BAD BUT HE SHOULD NOT GET SUSPENDED IT WAS JUST A NERF GUN GIT-R-DONE

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from troubledteens wrote 5 years 5 days ago

It is one of the most considerable issues of today's teens. I think teens are mostly influenced by action movies. Parents have to be very careful and keep on observing teens with any new kind of behaviors. This helps parents to quickly plan a better program, while choosing any program taking a professional help is always helpful. In order to get more information on various teens issues it is helpful to involve in teens forums and discussion boards to share your views and suggestions with other parents.

http://www.troubledteensguide.com/parnetingquestions/Teens-Expelled-from...

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from veggie wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

It sounds ridiculous, but some of the newer Nerf guns are starting to resemble actual firearms more than they used to. Especially with a coat of paint. You can check them out here http://nerfguns.org

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from t.h.e.j.k. wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I see no reason for him to get in trouble at all. My brother had expressed permiossion from the principal to bring a cap gun for his book report.

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from steve182 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Don't see how a Nerf gun could be considered a look-alike weapon. Where will it end, people?

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from bobbywade wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

i think this is absolutely insane. i can understand if it was a air soft gun or something but it was only a nerf gun . i think his consequences were a little harsh but this just goes to show you were america has went to!!! GET-R-DONE

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from bobbywade wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

THIS WAS BAD BUT HE SHOULD NOT GET SUSPENDED IT WAS JUST A NERF GUN GIT-R-DONE

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from veggie wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

It sounds ridiculous, but some of the newer Nerf guns are starting to resemble actual firearms more than they used to. Especially with a coat of paint. You can check them out here http://nerfguns.org

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from 60256 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Are you kidding me?!?!? A NERF GUN and you were going to SUSPEND or EXPELL him!!!??? THat is the most pointless and stupid thing that i have heard in a while. I understand "no tolerance", but that is way out of line to even contemplate expulsion.

Nate

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from michaux wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

This has to be real!! Nobody could just make this kind of stuff up. Suspended because he has a Nerf Gun. Thank God he did not have a sponge grenade or he would have gone to junior jail.

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from Dan the Man wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

This is just to stupid to make up! All school officials are the same. "Guns bad!" Even Nerf as at the mercy of these gun nazis.

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from jjas wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Geez......this stuff gets dumber and dumber. Apparently to be a school administrator a frontal lobotomy is a prerequisite.

Jim

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from Chris Carpenter wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

sound normal im in high school and they'll suspend you for the little things. We were on lockdown the other day cause some students found a bomb threat.

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from alabamahunter wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

A couple of months ago a kid in my high school got busted with a compound bow and about a dozen arrows and broadheads. This would have resulted in expulsion from the vast majority nowadays especially since it is a real weapon, but the small town, southern school I attend couldn't care less. The kid, who is a close friend, was asked to not leave it in his truck anymore, and no further action was taken.

That said, had the superintendent gotten word of this, it would have been hell for the principal and everyone else involved. She's a damn liberal anyway, which is why her contract wont be renewed.

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from Sportsman Matt wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

You know what they say...

Bring anything not PC... get expelled, tarred and feathered.

Bring in a Nerf Gun, get a slap on the wrist, some publicity for Nerf, and go out and do it again.

I've been afraid to send my kids to school, not because of it being dangerous, but basically because there are way too many whack jobs in there trying to fill my kids heads up with garbage and baloney.

I heard the baloney, and what's worse is the school board is endorsing this hook line and sinker.

Like you shouldn't raise your voice if your upset. You should always wear your seatbelt. You should always call 911 if you see a gun in your house. You should tell a stranger where another stranger supposedly touched you, because the first stranger told you the second stranger did, even if it isn't true. Don't let your parents tell you what to do, you can do what you want. Etc. Etc.

I know that when I grew up, if you were in trouble, you were in trouble. You took responsibility for your actions, not blame someone else for your misfortune. You got into a scuffle in the playground, you duked it out. If you lost, you lost. If you one, you won.

Today people are taking things way out of context and way out of line, makes you wonder when Big Brother is going to crash down the door to tell you what to do every moment of your life.

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from buckshot89 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

this is indeed true, i live about a half hour north of columbus... i find this rediculus. it was a foam dart, not a bullet. nurf guns dont even look like real firearms. but, it could have been worse.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from JohnR wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I think detention would have sufficed. Suspension is way over the top IMHO!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from senkoman12 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

whats gonna happen have someone get shot in the eye

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from 60256 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Chris,
I hear ya. We had 5 lockdowns last year for bomb threats. Each kid that they found got suspended for a week and put on trial.

Nate

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from buckstopper wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Would it have been corporal punishment if the principal used a "nerf" foam paddle on this kid?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from finnyk wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Uhh . . . Hello? This is reality calling. Are their any sane people left? Sure this was a dumb stunt; but, come on! ISS for a day would make the kid think about what he did and teach a lesson. Teachers will once again take the fallout for bad administrative policies.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from jamesti wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

this si what it has come to. no tolerance can go way to far. there is no reason for this waste of resources and disruption to peoples lives.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from matthew wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

senkoman go do yourself a favor buy a nerf gun and have someone shoot you with it and then answer your own question.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Fisher Boy wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

a Nerf gun, seriously, they can't even leave a mark, and lets suspend him, there was probably worse that happened that day

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from troubledteens wrote 5 years 5 days ago

It is one of the most considerable issues of today's teens. I think teens are mostly influenced by action movies. Parents have to be very careful and keep on observing teens with any new kind of behaviors. This helps parents to quickly plan a better program, while choosing any program taking a professional help is always helpful. In order to get more information on various teens issues it is helpful to involve in teens forums and discussion boards to share your views and suggestions with other parents.

http://www.troubledteensguide.com/parnetingquestions/Teens-Expelled-from...

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