Arizona high school student suspended over gun image in computer

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Florence, AZ, United States (4E) – A high school freshman from Florence, Arizona received a three-day school suspension after he used a picture of a gun and an American flag as desktop background on his school-issued computer.

Daniel McClaine Jr. was initially suspended for three days for displaying a flag and an AK-47 after a teacher at Poston Butte High School spotted the picture and reported him.

District policy prohibits students from sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures, and accessing, sending, creating or forwarding pictures that were deemed harassing, threatening, or illegal.

McClaine said the school initially suspended him for three days Friday but the boy’s father revealed that after communicating with the school, the administration allowed his son to join his class Monday instead of Wednesday.

The student claimed the photo does not violate this policy because it does not show anything violent.

Daniel McClaine Sr told the press that he finds the three-day suspension because of a picture ridiculous, saying “he should have got a warning. He shouldn’t have ever been suspended. Not for something so frivolous.”

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