A military veteran, known only as "Dan," told conservative radio host Todd Schnitt on Monday that he has been kicked out of a private nursing school over a gun app he downloaded on his phone. A fellow student reportedly contacted the school's program director and said she felt her life was threatened after she witnessed him showing off the app.
Dan, of New Port Richey, Fla., said he was "literally dismissed" from Ultimate Medical Academy in Tampa, Fla. on March 25 because of an incident that he says wasn't an incident at all. The 33-year-old was reportedly three months shy of completing his two-year registered nurse program.
"I downloaded an application, and I was showing a fellow military combat veteran in my class this application during our break. And while showing him this application, I pressed the screen and it made a sound, it was a dim sound, I didn't have it up loud… and nothing was said, nothing was done," Dan told Schnitt. "A day goes by and I get called into my director of education's office with my program director and they tell me that I've allegedly threatened people in my classroom and people feel in fear of their life because of me with this application that I'm going to come to this school and shoot it up."
The app in question is apparently called "Gun Club 2." It allows users to choose a firearm, which then provides various facts about a specific weapon. If you press the screen, the app will play what the firearm should sound like.
"It's a very unrealistic sound in my belief," Dan explained.
TheBlaze downloaded a version of the app to confirm the accuracy of its description.
School officials maintain that Dan violated three different student conduct rules: He exhibited conduct that reflects unfairly on the school. He instigated or participated in rebellious activities. He made physical or verbal threats. At that point, he was told he could appeal the decision, or he could just hang out and resume his studies in the next session.
Dan is a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served five years until his honorable discharge in 2004. While serving our country, Dan was part of the very first deployment of troops to Afghanistan after the attacks on 9/11. He was also part of the second deployment to Iraq in 2003. He broke Naval records by serving 159 days straight without touching land. He was awarded numerous medals and commendations, and while serving, Dan had “top secret” clearance from the Pentagon.
Now, because of a complaint by one student over a phone app, Dan’s nursing future is in turmoil, and the $40,000 he has spent on his registered nursing education may have been wasted.
Listen to Dan's interview on the Schnitt Show below:
Schnitt said his crew tried repeatedly to get in touch with the director of education at Ultimate Medical Academy, leaving three messages that went unanswered. The radio show's executive producer reportedly talked to the CEO of the school, but he was "completely unfamiliar" of the situation and promised to get back to them later.
The Schnitt Show also discussed the story again on Tuesday:
After several attempts to get comment from officials at Ultimate Medical Academy, the school issued a formal statement on Tuesday:
"At Ultimate Medical Academy, we guard and protect the privacy of our students with great care. Because of that, we cannot provide any information about specific students matters. In making decisions regarding our students we carefully follow our policies and protocol."
"We are not available for further comment," wrote Linda Weldon, senior vice president of Academics and Community Relations at Ultimate Medical Academy.