An Edgewood Middle School student was handed a 10-day suspension for “liking” a picture of a gun on Instagram with the caption “ready.” The parents of Zachary Bowlin posted a picture of the intended suspension notice which read, “The reason for the intended suspension is as follows: Liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence.” “I was livid, I mean, I’m sitting here thinking ‘you just suspended him for ten days for liking a picture of a gun on a social media site,” father Marty Bowlin said. “He never shared, he never commented, he never made a threatening post… anything on the site, just liked it.” The picture in question is of an airsoft gun, and according to the students’ parents, their child didn’t comment on the post but simply liked the picture. “I liked it, scrolling down Instagram at night about 7, 8 o’clock I liked it,” Zacahry said. “The next morning they called me down [to the office] patted me down and checked me for weapons.” Since receiving the notice, the family said the school has dropped the suspension and there will be no repercussions for the child’s actions.
Come on people, chill the fuck out out. Ten days of missed education for a little double tap on a shitty picture of a gun. I really don’t envy school officials, and I understand there trying to protect our children in this age of mass shootings, but lets not get too carried away. However, the guy who should have been punished here was the guy posting the picture. You got 2 likes bro, 2… and one of them was a middle schooler. Know your insta audience man.
Also, how much of my tax money is going to people watching over middle school kids social media preferences. What a legit job, keeping tabs on middle school kids Instagram likes. Sign me the fuck up.