What’s going on?
A New Jersey high school is dealing with the fallout after reportedly suspending two students for five days for posting a photo of themselves being trained at a shooting range. The suspension sparked a protest with hundreds of Second Amendment advocates showing up at a school board meeting along with outraged parents.
Catch me up:
Lacey Township High School penalized the two students, who had posted about a “fun day at the range” on Instagram, with “in-school detention.” At the time, the school district reportedly had a policy banning students from handling firearms even while not on campus.
What does “in-school detention” mean?
Matthew Perrone, a senior at Lacey Township, described his classmates and their punishment in a letter to the Ashbury Park Press:
“I am in class with both of them. They are AP students and STEM students. They were missing from my classes for three days because of ISD, or in-school detention. They were forced to sit in a room for six hours a day for five days to think about what they had done, meanwhile missing valuable work.”
According to Perrone, the two students were initially suspended for five days and served three of those days in detention – until the school district covered its tracks in reaction to a threatened lawsuit from a pro-gun organization.
“[T]he in-school detention was rescinded and erased from the students' records, making it look like the three days they served in detention never happened,” Perrone wrote.
What else should I know?
After the backlash, the school district changed its policy banning students from having guns “on or off school grounds.” The policy now states that students can’t bring weapons to school or on the bus.