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Insane school punishment over water gun takes unexpected turn when it winds up in litigation

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An Alabama high school student has been expelled for a full year after being caught with a water pistol… not just from her school, but from every school in the county.

Sara Allena “Laney” Nichols, a student at Prattville High School, was dealt the severe penalty by the Autauga County Board of Education for having a water gun on campus, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

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Nichols’ mother, Tara Herring, said her daughter had served a 10-day suspension for the incident when the school board came back with the more sever punishment.

“She’s 16 and doesn’t know what it means when you hear ‘gun’ on campus,” Herring told the Advertiser. “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,” she added.

According to Herring, a male classmate handed her daughter the black water pistol and she put it in her backpack before eventually putting it the back seat of her car. A student saw the exchange and, thinking it was a real gun, reported the incident.

“Laney admitted she had the gun and told them it was a water gun and in her car,” Herring explained. “She and the other boy were silly and made a mistake. But the punishment she received was completely out of line for what happened.”

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The matter is now in the hands of lawyers and there are questions of whether sexual discrimination may be at play after the same male student was allegedly involved in a similar incident with another male student, with the two boys reportedly receiving in-school suspension, not expulsion.

Tom Tillison


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