An Ohio middle school student was suspended because he “liked” a photo of a gun on Instagram.
The student, seventh grader Zachary Bowlin, was given a 10-day suspension because he simply clicked the “like” button on the photo of a gun with a caption that read “ready,” WRCB-TV reported.
The ridiculous reason his parents were given for his suspension came in a note that said Bowlin was suspended for “liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence.”
“I don’t think I did anything wrong,” the seventh grader said. “[The] next morning, they called me down and, like, patted me down and checked me for weapons. Then, they told me I was getting expelled or suspended or whatever.”
Zachary’s father Martin Bowlin told WRCB-TV that he was “livid” when he found out about the suspension.
“I was livid,” he said. “He never shared, he never commented, never made a threatening post … [he] just liked it.”
“I assure you that any social media threat will be taken serious, including those who ‘like’ the post when it potentially endangers the health and safety of students or adversely affects the educational process,” the school superintendent wrote in a statement to WXIX.
School officials ultimately lifted the suspension after they spoke with Zachary’s parents.
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