In the vast majority of cases, so-called, zero-tolerance laws have proven themselves to be draconian. The latest example comes courtesy of Loveland High School in Colorado.
After one student posted photos on SnapChat of the firearms he and his mother were preparing to pack up for a day, another student anonymously reported him to his principle. What exactly he was reported for is unclear, but allegedly, these photos were seen as threatening to the anonymous individual.
Even the text that accompanied the post was totally mundane, stating, “finna gonna be lit.” For those of you not born within the last decade, this essentially is a very cliché/meme way of stating, “This is going to be exciting!”
Thankfully, the local sheriff seemed to take an understanding approach to the incident, stating, “People base their apprehension on their own paradigm and their own fear of guns and gun culture. One kid is totally excited to go out and train on how to use a gun responsibly, while another kid is totally freaked out about seeing a gun.”
The good news, according to Breitbart News, is “Sheriff Ream observes Nathan’s plight as a perfect example of the trouble that arises from putting laws in place where people can face punishment or have guns confiscated simply on accusations.”
Hopefully, this can serve as yet another reminder of the danger of so-called Red Flag laws and zero-tolerance legislation. Hopefully, this event won’t negatively affect the teens college prospects, but only time will tell.
UPDATE: The school has backtracked on its earlier action and acknowledged that the student never made any serious threats.