Whoa, a New Jersey high school is currently in hot water after a report that the school suspended two students after they visited the gun range with family and then posted photos about the trip to social media.
NJ.com reports that the community first found out about the suspension via a Lacey Township Facebook group.
Amanda Buron, a Lacey resident and family friend of one of the suspended students said one of the photos shared on SnapChat featured four rifles, ammunition clips and a gun duffel with the caption “fun day at the range,” NJ.com reported.
Buron said the two students received a five-day in-school suspension after the picture drew the attention of Lacey Township High School officials, who argued that it violated the school’s policy on weapons possession.
The school district shortly faced community backlash for the alleged suspension, with many calling for people to appear at the school board’s next meeting on Monday to protest the decision.
Despite the report, the school has allegedly denied that the students were suspended for the social media photos.
Superintendent Craig Wigley said, “Information posted on social media is incorrect,” but then refused to offer any other details.
The controversy brought the attention of a New Jersey gun advocacy group that sent the school district a cease and desist letter and threatened with a lawsuit if it does not overturn the suspension of the students and change the policies regarding the Second Amendment.
The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) said in a letter that the school’s policies allow suspending students for up to a year if they are “reported to be in possession of a weapon of any type for any reason or purpose on or off school grounds.”
“The policy is clearly wrong and violates the Second Amendment. We hope that they’re reasonable people and they will fix it. If they don’t, we’re prepared to take legal action,” ANJRPC executive director Scott Bach continued, “Schools do not have the authority to chill the rights of their students off of school grounds, and this blatant infringement of constitutional rights will not be tolerated.”
He concluded, “I don’t care if no students were disciplined. The policy has got to go.”
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