America’s public school system is doing its part to unofficially raise the legal age to purchase a firearm, and they’re trolling social media to do it.
Just days after pro-2A Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv was “interrogated” by school police for posting a picture of himself at a gun range, another young man has been suspended after his father did the same.
Ken Bone, who became famous as the “Red Sweater Guy” during a 2016 presidential debate, posted an image on Twitter of his son at a gun range in an effort to support Kashuv’s efforts.
Here’s a pic of my son learning to shoot safely under my supervision. Maybe those security guys want to talk to him. pic.twitter.com/tLAfnVJv9z
— Ken Bone (@kenbone18) April 24, 2018
Three days later, he found out that his son had been suspended from school and that police had launched an investigation.
Remember this photo from a few days ago? Well, a school administrator saw it and now my son is suspended from school pending a police investigation. pic.twitter.com/tTXSBDo39g
— Ken Bone (@kenbone18) April 26, 2018
“I’m not sure what the school wants investigated,” Bone told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “There’s no threat to the school — the picture is over a year old.”
“I just wanted to tell (Kashuv), you didn’t do anything wrong, you were learning to shoot with your father, I do the same thing with my son,” he said.
Bone posted the photo himself since his son doesn’t have a Twitter account, and he says their visit to the range took place long before his son started attending his current school, St. Clair ROE Safe School.
Bone said he received a call from a detective with the Belleville Police Department, who informed Bone that they would call the principal of his son’s school the next morning.
School officials told the Post-Dispatch that they cannot comment on an ongoing investigation. The school’s student handbook prohibits the use, possession, control, or transfer of a weapon, though it is unclear if this policy applies off campus.
The handbook also states that “any police involvement will be accompanied by a suspension from school and parents will be required to return to school with student for a disciplinary conference.” If another Twitter user identified Bone’s son and called the police, the school may have automatically suspended the young man after being notified.
It remains unclear why the police opened an investigation into an “incident” that is so clearly benign.
“I’m glad they’re looking out for the safety of the kids, but this seems like something that could be settled with a phone call or a meeting with school officials,” Bone said. “The photo was taken before he even went to that school. He hasn’t done anything wrong or illegal. And it was said by me, so there’s no reason to punish him for it.”