Ariz. high school student suspended over gun picture

Arizona high school freshman Daniel McClaine Jr. had a photo of an AK-47 over a flag as the background for his school-issued laptop, which got him suspended after a teacher reported it.

An Arizona high school freshman was suspended for having a gun image as the desktop background for his computer, according to Arizona TV station ABC15.

Daniel McClaine Jr., a freshman at Poston Butte High School, was suspended Friday after a teacher reported seeing a picture of an AK-47 on top of a flag on his school-issued laptop, ABC15 reported.

Daniel McClaine Sr. told ABC15 the school initially suspended his son for three days, but after ABC15 contacted the school they allowed him to return to school Monday.

“To me it's ridiculous,” he told the source. “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.”

Over the last several weeks students across the country have been suspended for various methods of either referring to innocuous toy guns, drawing gun-shaped objects on pieces of paper, or even pointing at other students with their finger.

Most recently, a 5-year-old Massachusetts boy was threatened with suspension after he made two gun-shaped objects out of Legos, according to the Washington Times.

In Pennsylvania, a student was reprimanded in front of her class for attempting to throw away a piece of a paper folded so that it appeared to be in the shape of a gun. In another incident in that state, a Kindergartener was initially suspended for 10 days after she told another girl she was going to shoot her with her Hello Kitty toy gun, which shoots soap bubbles.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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