Not Gun or Ammunition; Suspended from School Anyway

A child was suspended from school for possessing a spent shell casing.

Shell Casings

According to the Chanute Tribune, Chanute Elementary School is doing a grand job educating students that they live under the thumb of an anti-boy, anti-rationality police state.

[See also, “Massachusetts Educrats Lose Minds over Students’ Hobby.”]

The boy made the mistake of bringing a spent shell casing to the school to show his friends.

A student at Chanute Elementary School was suspended last week over possession of an empty rifle shell casing on school grounds. The suspension began Dec. 3 and ended Tuesday.

The student’s mother, Deana Carlson of Chanute, believes the suspension was inappropriate. 

Carlson said her son, Camron Carlson, was out with her the night before, Tuesday Dec. 2, where she was sighting a rifle for deer hunting season with a friend, and he picked up one of the empty shell casings and put it in his pocket. 

Carlson said her son had told his friends that they had been sighting rifles the night before, and that the shell casing fell out of his pocket. 

“There was no threat,” she said. “My child’s never been in a fight at school. He was just being a boy and bragging because it’s cool.” 

Carlson was called into the school office where she saw her son had been crying.  

Carlson said she was not happy with her son for having the shell casing, which everyone agrees he should not have had at school. She said she was told by Principal Gary Wheeler that the incident could lead to a 168-day suspension, but they could possibly reduce it to five days if he spoke to Superintendent James Hardy.

“I looked at him and I said ‘this is the wrong call,’” she said. “I could understand if there was a student who had multiple offenses…there was nothing dangerous about what he had done.” 

Carlson said Wheeler then told her “you need to just go on.”

“My child should not have been bawling,” she said. “The principal made him feel that an empty shell was dangerous. In some people’s eyes maybe it is.” 

Carlson said Wheeler questioned her son before she arrived and without another adult present. 

The school has a rule against bringing a gun or ammunition to school. The boy had not violated that rule. As Lenore Skenazy writes at, “a spent shell is not ammo any more than ashes are fireworks.” The boy had obviously broken no “zero tolerance” rule. Principal Wheeler simply showed him zero tolerance on a whim.

Furthermore, pretending that a spent shell casing is dangerous is an anti-education. The Principal taught false information to the student.

Also, the student handbook spells out detention, discussion, and notification in cases of first-time, minor infractions. None of that procedure was followed.

So the student learned that leaders in the United States abuse their authority, make up reason to do what they want, lie about reality, and punish the innocent.

The silver lining is that the child is now ready to grow up in America. He understands what to expect.