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Arkansas district sues to bar teen in gun post from school

By Linda Satter

This article was originally published March 29, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated March 29, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.

The Vilonia School District has asked a judge to prohibit a 15-year-old special-education student from returning to school after he posted a picture of himself on Snapchat holding a gun and reportedly said he wanted to kill someone and spend the rest of his life in prison.

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jackj1100 says... March 29, 2018 at 8:19 a.m.

Are you kidding me? There is no way this student should be allowed back in school. This is a bomb waiting to explode. The Disabilities Act is onerous for schools and unjustifiably keeps students like this in the school population where they are a menace to students and teachers alike. Ask this attorney representing this particular students if she would allow him into her home and to associate with her family.

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SJB says... March 29, 2018 at 8:49 a.m.

If his diagnosis would mean he will never be allowed to have a driver's license, will the parents demand he be allowed to drive a car, a 1/2 ton truck, a semi to show "fairness"? Likely, not. No one wants this boy to go without an education. Where and how he obtains it is the issue. The district is obligated by law to protect the student population. Why is this even a discussion, let alone a lawsuit? He made threats. If he does not understand the magnitude of his threats, will he understand the magnitude of acting out his threats?

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purplebouquet says... March 29, 2018 at 9:13 a.m.

Where did he get the gun? Does Arkansas law permit him to buy one? Or was it stolen? Or is it his parents' and if yes, why would they not keep it away from him given they know about his depression (possibly leading to an increased risk of suicide) and his oppositional defiant disorder (possibly leading to aggression against others)?

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Murphy01 says... March 29, 2018 at 9:25 a.m.

His access to a firearm is a major concern to say the least. Where were these photos and videos made? In the home? If so, perhaps the parents need to be investigated?

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Packman says... March 29, 2018 at 9:39 a.m.

Unlike the school in Parkland, Florida Vilonia does not have a sanctuary school policy.
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Keep this kid away from school. He can be home schooled or get his GED online. But, what happens next? The kid becomes an adult and due to his mental state will likely never be self-sufficient. He needs to be placed in a mental institution until he is well, however long that may be.

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TimberTopper says... March 29, 2018 at 10:24 a.m.

Sounds like terroristic threatening to me. The judge needs to make sure that the parents are "responsible" for this kid.

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malice06220956 says... March 29, 2018 at 11:44 a.m.

Your headline makes it seems as if the student was suspended for merely holding a gun - when it was a gun, a threat, and a statement.

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FireEyes says... March 29, 2018 at 11:54 a.m.

This child clearly needs help that the parents are not getting him. Get him out of that household and into a place where he cannot hurt himself or others. Then get to the bottom of what is really going on here.

His issues are NOT what the Disabilities Act is all about, and this lawsuit is an egregious misuse of it to get attention for the lawyer and the parents while carrying zero for the child. Disgusting.

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DoubleBlind says... March 29, 2018 at 1:22 p.m.

Agree with all those who raised the issue of the boy/MINOR having access to a gun or guns. That is evidently clear from his social media photos. If his threats weren’t accompanied by PROOF POSITIVE that he is in fact armed, his parents might have an argument. In this case, they seem to actually be enabling him. Do they have any idea the liability they face if he acts on his threats using a gun belonging to them?

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