“Did you have a great summer?”

It seems like an innocent question, but the thumbnail image next to those words — a handgun on top of an American flag — prompted a swift response.

Image source: screengrab via YouTube

Image via Vicki McKenna/Facebook

WISN-AM host Vicki McKenna reported the story out of Wisconsin last week: An 11-year-old boy named Matthew, who attends an online school through Wisconsin Virtual Learning, was asked to remove a picture of a gun from his digital profile, and his mother is now worried that he’ll be expelled over his Second Amendment enthusiasm.

In a nutshell: virtual guns are banned from virtual school.

The severity of the situation remains somewhat muddled, as the TheBlaze was unable to independently verify the threat of expulsion.

It seems that the story primarily reflects the muddied distinctions between the real and online worlds, and how a prohibition on “guns in school” can have unexpected free-speech implications.

Officials with the Northern Ozaukee School District, which sponsors Matthew’s cyber school, did not return requests for comment from TheBlaze.

(H/T: Badger Pundit)

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