During the first week of December Chanute Elementary School in Chanute, Kansas enforced a suspension against student Camron Carlson for keeping a spent shell casing in his pocket. After news of the suspension drew national outrage, 10 parents from the school held a demonstration in support of the school that suspended the boy.
It is important to note that Carlson did not have a bullet or live ammunition or a gun, but a spent shell casing he had picked up while watching his mother sight in her deer rifle.
According to The Chanute Tribune, school principal Gary Wheeler told Carlson’s mother the suspension could have been as long as “168” days.
The suspension was shortened considerably, but Carlson’s mother says she doesn’t believe Wheeler followed the Chanute Elementary Student handbook which proscribes “detention” for “minor infractions,” not suspension.
After news of the suspension had drawn national ire, PTO members gathered to show support for “administrators, teachers, and staff” at Chanute Elementary. The Tribune reported that rally organizer and PTO president Amy Hendrickson believes principal “Wheeler and other administrators at the school often have to make very difficult decisions.”
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