A fourth grade student in Louisiana received a six-day suspension and a possible expulsion from school after he was seen with a BB gun during an virtual class session.
Ka Mauri Harrison was taking a test in front of his screen when the incident occurred. When Harrison’s brother walked into their shared room, an object fell. Harrison briefly stopped his test to pick up the BB gun, and placed it next to the chair he was sitting in. The air rifle only appeared on screen for a few seconds.
Apparently, that was enough for school authorities to charge that Harrison was brandishing a weapon.
“Harrison left his seat momentarily, out of view of the teacher. When the student returned, he had what appeared to be a full-sized rifle in his possession,” the behavior report alleges.
No one — not even the school administrators — say Harrison was intentionally brandishing the weapon in a threatening manner. It’s worth noting at this point that this was a virtual class session, and that the BB gun was in Harrison’s own bedroom. Fortunately, the student’s family is not letting this go without a fight.
“It’s not ending here,” the family’s attorney told local media. “It’s our intent to explore further options.”
The incident has also garnered the attention of Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, who blasted school authorities for what he is calling a gross overreach.
“I am alarmed by what appears to not only be multiple violations of both the State and Federal Constitutions, but also blatant government overreach by the school system,” he said. “For anyone to conclude that a student’s home is now school property because of connectivity through video conferencing is absurd.”
If the Constitutions Landry is referring to still hold any sway, this is a clear violation on the part of the school. Harrison did absolutely nothing wrong.