Heather Ginsberg

This is one of the most absurd things I have heard in a while. A 7th grade boy and two of his friends have now been expelled for playing with airsoft guns in his yard…NO WHERE NEAR HIS SCHOOL! We learned earlier today that Khalid Caraballo was suspended from school and was facing expulsion after firing an airsoft gun outside his own house. But after a meeting of the school board this morning, Khalid has been expelled from Karkspur Middle School in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

After the boys were seen playing with these fake guns in Khalid’s yard by a neighbor, she called the police to say that she felt uncomfortable with it. In fact she said, "This is not a real [gun], but it makes people uncomfortable," the unidentified woman later told WAVY. "I know that it makes me (uncomfortable), as a mom, to see a boy pointing a gun."

Well apparently it doesn’t matter that what a family does on their private property is private, the boys have now been expelled from school.

During a hearing Tuesday morning, Aidan Clark and Khalid Caraballo were expelled in a unanimous vote. Clark was offered the option of attending an alternative school, but his father, Tim, told WAVY News' Andy Fox he will be homeschooled.

Virginia has often been known as a state friendly to those who choose to exercise their second amendment rights, but apparently things are different now.

"[I]t's unfair because we were in our yard," he said. "This had nothing to do with school. I didn't have anything at school at anytime."

Khalid's mom Solangel agrees with her son.

"My son is my private property," she said. "He does not become the school's property until he goes to the bus stop, gets on the bus, and goes to school."

Solangel admits her son disobeyed her by using the gun without her permission, but insists she should be the one to punish him.

A Virginia Beach Police rep said the "juveniles" involved would be in violation of the city code if there were not exercising "reasonable care" while firing the "pneumatic gun."

The code defines "reasonable care" as ensuring that all projectiles are "contained on the property by a fence or backstop."

The 911 caller acknowledged that Khalid was using a net to catch the pellets.

"It's terrible," Khalid said. "I won't get the chance to go to a good college. It's on your school record. The school said I had possession of a firearm. They aren't going to ask me any questions. They are going to think it was a real gun, and I was trying to hurt someone. They will say 'oh, we can't accept you.'"

At this point, I am hoping the school will reconsider its decision. This is just absolutely crazy!


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