A school in New Jersey suspended two high schoolers for sharing a photo from a weekend family visit to the gun range—and now, the community is livid.
After one of the students shared a photo on the social media app Snapchat, which featured four rifles and ammunition clips and was captioned, “Fun day at the range,” Lacey Township High School slapped the two boys with a five-day in-school suspension for violating the school’s policy on weapons possession. Both students have been described as straight-A honor students.
The district’s draconian action caused outcry on the internet, and in the local community.
But now, Lacey Township School District could be facing a lawsuit.
The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, a statewide gun group, says it’s prepared to sue the district if the suspensions are not overturned, citing a “very serious violation” of the students’ First and Second Amendment rights. They have already sent a cease and desist letter to the district.
But so far, the district hasn’t budged. Superintendent Craig Wigley told the NJ Advance Media via email that “information posted on social media is incorrect” and that he would not discuss what he deemed “private matters” involving students. Wigley refused to say which rumors on social media were not true, and refused to be interviewed by phone.