Teacher Calls the Cops on a Kid for Having a BB Gun on His Bedroom Wall During a Virtual Classroom

Source - A Baltimore County family is warning other parents after they say police were called to their house over something that happened during a virtual school lesson. The incident is raising concerns over privacy and safety in the era of online learning.

As a Navy veteran with four years of active duty, Courtney Lancaster has extensive knowledge of guns, how to use them and how to store them.

Her 11-year-old son, who owns BB guns, is a boy scout in fifth grade at Seneca Elementary School. …

In his pursuit of becoming an Eagle Scout, Courtney says her son has learned how to shoot a BB gun and an airsoft gun. He’s also taken three levels of archery lessons. His mother says he stores his bow and guns on this wall in his bedroom. It’s never been a problem until June 1, when police pulled up outside her house. …

Courtney was told someone had seen the guns in her son’s bedroom during a Google Meet class on his laptop. 

According to emails Courtney later exchanged with a school administrator, a screenshot was taken during the online class. The principal of Seneca Elementary was notified. Courtney says she was told the school safety officer then called police. …

Courtney says the police officers were in her home for about 20 minutes and found no violations. No laws were broken and no dangers present. …

She says the principal initially compared bringing a weapon to a virtual class to bringing a gun to school.

A few months ago I would use a story like this as a prime example of the Death of Reason. But the attending emergency room physician called the time of death on that patient long, long ago. 

Let's do something nobody involved in this did: Think about it, for just one hot second. How is it that nobody involved in the chain of custody hit the pause button to ask themselves if they were doing the right thing. First and foremost, screenshotting an 11-year-old's bedroom. There are a places for an adult thinks hitting the PrtSc button when a child is on a webcam. One is the Dark Web. The other is prison. When first thought is to screencap a kid's room and send it around to your colleagues instead of contacting his mom to ask if there's any reason to be concerned, that blows right past George Orwell and straight into Jeffrey Epstein territory. 

Second, would it have killed someone involved to contact the kid's parents first? Just explain in an email or whatever "Someone raised a concern and it's my responsibility to follow up, etc. etc? Instead of dropping a dime to the cops? I'm going to go way out on a limb here and assume the local PD has bigger fish to fry right now than 11-year-od aspiring Eagle Scouts with shooting toys that aren't able to break skin. And while this will be a polarizing opinion that will get me lots of hate and demands that I apologize, I congratulate the responding officers for going through the motions to make this go away instead of making a big deal out of it to make some school administrator feel like he/she saved lives. At least somebody in that school district has a functioning brain. 

Finally, where the hell does that principal get off telling Courtney Lancaster that her kid having a BB gun in his room is the same as having a real gun in school? Most bureaucrats are willing say anything, no matter how outrageous, to justify their actions when their department is in the middle of something indefensibly stupid. But trying to make it out like her son is one of the Columbine kids over a toy rifle in their private residence is some real Secret Police shit. 

Hey Principal Buttinski, I've got a college freshman who took his spring classes online from home. And here is some of the unapproved contraband we have in our house. Which by your logic mean he brought them to his class: 

  • A BB gun
  • AirSoft guns
  • Nerf Guns
  • Bows and arrows
  • Alcohol
  • Military grade hunting knives
  • Kitchen knives
  • Dangerous chemicals (for cleaning and pool maintenance)
  • Scissors (dangerous when you run with them)
  • Food (don't go swimming right after you eat because you could cramp up)
  • A shotgun and a pistol (when his brother is home)

Come get them. But you'll have to take the Red Ryder gun his uncle gave him for Christmas when he was 10 from my cold, dead fingers.