A 16-year-old, Alabama girl has been expelled from Prattville High School for having a water gun on campus.
Not simply suspended for bringing the toy….No, she has been permanently expelled from the school! While she should not have had the squirt gun on school property, it is absolutely outrageous that she was expelled.
SF Gate reports:
The Autauga County Board of Education expelled Sara Allena “Laney” Nichols in February for a year from all schools in the county and she was banned from school property and any extra-curricular activities for the same period. Her mother, Tara Herring, admits she had the water gun on campus, but questions the severity of the punishment.
Superintendent Spence Agee declined comment, citing system policy forbidding comments on any disciplinary actions relating to students.
Herring said, “She’s 16 and doesn’t know what it means when you hear ‘gun’ on campus. We admit what she did was wrong. I was hoping this could be a teachable moment for her. We’re not saying she should not have been punished. But she took a 10-day suspension. And then the board expelled her. We feel the expulsion is excessive,” Herring continued, “She said a male classmate handed the toy to her daughter as a joke.”
Herring admits the water pistol was black, and at first glance, it would be easy to think it was a real gun.
“But the second you picked it up, you know its plastic and a toy,” she said. “So we can understand the initial reaction, not knowing it wasn’t a real gun. But after the principal and school officials knew it was a water gun, things should never have progressed this far.”
The male classmate handed the water gun to Laney in the hall after seventh period on Jan. 27, Herring said. She put it in her backpack and then put it the back seat of her car. The exchange was recorded on the school’s surveillance cameras. The footage showed Laney with the toy, but not the male classmate, Herring said. On Jan. 31, another student went to school authorities and told them Laney had a gun.