Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Students holding replica guns suspended after Facebook post

Two high school students in Taunton, Massachusetts  have been suspended after they posted a photo of themselves holding Airsoft rifles. Thousands of people have leaped to their defense online, but their school isn’t backing down.

The Airsoft rifles look dangerous, but they shoot plastic pellets. Tito Velez, 15, often competes with a team as a hobby.

Last Friday, Tito and his girlfriend Jamie Pereira posed with the Airsoft rifles before the Bristol Plymouth Regional Technical School homecoming dance. The post got them suspended from school.

“This isn’t dangerous, you can’t kill someone with it,” Tito said Tuesday. “We didn’t shoot anyone; we were pointing them at the floor.”

 Jamie said. “Suspending us for 10 days and possible expulsion is way too much.”

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