You remember Ken Bone, don’t you? Sure you do.
I admit, I was skeptical of Kyle Kashuv’s claim the other day that he got in trouble with the powers that be at Stoneman Douglas High for going to the range with his own father. Even with the Stoneman Douglas administration understandably on high alert for copycat attackers, the idea seemed absurd. Kashuv was under parental (and instructor) supervision and there’s zero evidence that he’s unstable or any threat to others. Surely the school must have been aware of that. Maybe he was exaggerating, as kids are wont to do, or just misunderstood their objection.
But now I wonder. If Bone’s son’s school would overreact this ludicrously, why wouldn’t Kashuv’s?
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
Kashuv’s account of what happened to him after he posted photos of himself at the range, per Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire:
Near the end of third period, my teacher got a call from the office saying I need to go down and see a Mr. Greenleaf. I didn’t know Mr. Greenleaf, but it turned out that he was an armed school resource officer. I went down and found him, and he escorted me to his office. Then a second security officer walked in and sat behind me. Both began questioning me intensely. First, they began berating my tweet, although neither of them had read it; then they began aggressively asking questions about who I went to the range with, whose gun we used, about my father, etc. They were incredibly condescending and rude.
Then a third officer from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office walked in, and began asking me the same questions again. At that point, I asked whether I could record the interview. They said no. I asked if I had done anything wrong. Again, they answered no. I asked why I was there. One said, “Don’t get snappy with me, do you not remember what happened here a few months ago?”
They continued to question me aggressively, though they could cite nothing I had done wrong. They kept calling me “the pro-Second Amendment kid.” I was shocked and honestly, scared. It definitely felt like they were attempting to intimidate me.
Greg Pittman, a teacher at Kashuv’s school, took to Twitter yesterday to accuse Kashuv of wanting attention and to defend the school’s actions, claiming that “any student posting photos holding guns, knives or other weapons would be questioned.” But he didn’t stop there, according to another student who spoke to the Wire:
I was in class on April 25th with Gregory Pittman and near the end of class the discussion led to Kyle Kashuv’s tweet about going to the gun range. Pittman expressed that he could not speak badly about Kyle because he was specifically told by administration not to. Pittman began talking about what an ass Kyle was and called him “the next Hitler” and said that he was “dangerous” and something needed to be done about him.
It’s been a bad, bad week for parental rights in “free” countries. If Kashuv’s and Bone’s schools had a problem with their activities, why the hell weren’t their parents brought in for a conference with administrators instead of the kids being disciplined? In both cases they were with their fathers, engaged in perfectly legal behavior. And actually learning something useful, do note. A common critique from gun-grabbers is that too many gun owners aren’t properly trained in how to handle a weapon responsibly. Well, here are Kashuv and Bone at the range, under a watchful eye, instead of taking potshots at tin cans in the woods.
What exactly is the offense here? Absent some credible suspicion of mental instability, this reeks of harassment.