Sunday, February 03, 2013

PC gone wild

FLORENCE, AZ -  A high school student in Florence said he has been suspended because of a picture of a gun.
Daniel McClaine Jr., a freshman at Poston Butte High School, said he saved the picture as his desktop background on his school-issued computer.

 A teacher noticed it and turned him in.
The picture shows an AK-47 on top of a flag.
McClaine said the school initially suspended him for three days Friday.
Since the laptop belongs to the school, the district policy states students are prohibited from “sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures,” and cannot access, send, create or forward pictures that are considered “harassing, threatening, or illegal.”
McClaine said he read the guidelines but does not consider the picture threatening to anyone.
“This gun wallpaper does not show anything that’s violent. It's not showing anybody getting shot in any way. It's just a picture of a gun. It's nothing -- nobody getting shot, nobody getting it pointed at them, it's nothing,” said McClaine.


Robert Fowler said...

Zero tolerance gone stupid.

Brad_in_MA said...


Zero Tolderance = Zero common sense.

What if the student in question simply had the flag of Mozambique as his wallpaper rather than the image which has everyone's bloomers in a twist? I ask because since the AK-47 was so important to Mozambique gaining independence, the image of the rifle is part of the flag. Would displaying that flag be treated as brandishing a weapon? [/rhetorical]

- Brad