Colorado Teen Suspended From School For Going To The Gun Range With His Mom

From the coloradoan.com:

“(Justine) Myers said she picked up her son, Nate, 16, early from school Tuesday to go shooting at the range for some mother-son bonding. Before they left, Nate posted a video on Snapchat showcasing some of the guns. The two drove up to the mountains and were out of cell range for a while.
When they came back down, Myers said, she had several missed calls, texts and voicemails from her ex-husband. The police had shown up at his house, asking for Nate.Someone had reported the Snapchat video to the Safe2Tell hotline.
Myers said her ex-husband and Nate’s sister explained to police where he was and what he was doing, and, Myers said, police agreed it was a misunderstanding.”
However the school didn’t see it that way.Instead they ordered Nate not to step foot on-campus the next day, basically suspending him.
They also ordered them to attend a "threat assessment hearing" where she would be forced to defend her son in front of a seven-person panel, comprised of school administration, counselors, teachers, and law enforcement."

However the school didn’t see it that way.Instead they ordered Nate not to step foot on-campus the next day, basically suspending him.

They also ordered them to attend a "threat assessment hearing" where she would be forced to defend her son in front of a seven-person panel, comprised of school administration, counselors, teachers, and law enforcement.

Reason.com’s Jay Stooksberry reports:

“[B]efore the hearing, the Myers' story went viral after Rally for our Rights, a Colorado-based pro-gun rights group, broke the news. As a result, school officials backpedaled. The assessment hearing, which traditionally last about an hour, was over in five minutes, according to Justine. The panel seemed to be in a hurry to clear Nathan's name. She said “they were really trying hard to get us out of there quickly." During the hearing, the school's principal, Peggy Johnson, alluded "to the story that was already out there," suggesting that school officials were well aware of the public backlash they were facing online before the hearing started. Upon completion of the hearing, Nathan was allowed to return to school, which he did.”

Weld County, Colorado Sheriff Steve Reams warned "this is exactly the mechanics of the Red Flag Law.Someone filed an anonymous complaint, without the other person knowing it was being filed, but instead of him being deprived of his Second Amendment rights, he’s being deprived of his ability to go to school without due process."

Reams adds the teen simply "exercised his First Amendment right to use his Second Amendment right.I hope this doesn’t make him fear that in the future."

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