Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kids These Days 45

We live in a new world. Especially if you're a kid. Kids can't get away with the things I could've growing up. Why? Because they ruined it. These kids from Massachusetts named Tito Velez and Jamie Pereira, who are dating (whatever that means when you're 15), were suspended from school because of a photo that they took in which they are each holding AirSoft rifles. Some people are upset that they were suspended, one being young Tito.

“This isn't dangerous. You can't kill someone with it. We didn't shoot anyone. We were pointing them at the floor” he said. This is true. The guns are not dangerous if they don't hit you in the eye. And the picture was not taken at school which is smart. The picture was posted with a caption saying “Homecoming 2014.” Now, in the early 90's or any part of the 1980's this would have been fine. Anything after that and especially right now, you are begging to get suspended at best or arrested at worst. Or shot at. Yeah. There's always that.

Superintendent Richard W. Gross said that if the police had known about the photo that the homecoming would have been canceled. “What it's about is a [couple of] students engaging in an activity that created a total destruction of the school day. They're juniors in high school, and it's proactive and they should know better and it scared students.”

I understand both sides of this and if I were a judge I would agree with the school. Why? Because there are school shootings every few weeks nowadays. Whoever took the picture, I'm assuming a parent, may have thought the picture was funny or cute and the thought to actually take a picture should have floated away. 

Whoever took the picture should feel like shit for doing this and the kids should not be mad at being suspended, but understand why it was not a good idea to have that image posted.

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