Dumb: Two seventh grade students in Va. Beach suspended for shooting airsoft guns UPDATE: Expelled!

Posted by: ST on September 24, 2013 at 10:38 am

WAVY reports on another instance of a “zero tolerance policy” in schools going way too far:

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A suspended seventh grade Virginia Beach student will find out soon if he is expelled for the rest of the year for shooting an airsoft gun.

Like thousands of others in Hampton Roads, Khalid Caraballo plays with airsoft guns. Caraballo and his friend Aidan were suspended because they shot two other friends who were with them while playing with the guns as they waited for the school bus.

The two seventh graders say they never went to the bus stop; they fired the airsoft guns while on Caraballo’s private property.

Aidan’s father, Tim Clark, told WAVY.com what happened next lacks commons sense. The children were suspended for possession, handling and use of a firearm.

Khalid’s mother, Solangel Caraballo, thinks it is ridiculous the Virginia Beach City Public School System suspended her 13-year-old son and Aidan because they were firing a spring-driven airsoft gun on the Caraballo’s posted private property.  “My son is my private property.  He does not become the school’s property until he goes to the bus stop, gets on the bus, and goes to school.”

The bus stop in question is 70 yards from the Caraballo’s front yard.

Solangel Caraballo was not at home when this incident occurred.  She was taking her young son to a Head Start class.  She left her 16-year -old daughter in charge.

Khalid and Aiden aren’t only suspended, they were recommended to be expelled for a year for “possession, handling and use of a firearm.”

This story that addresses Zero Tolerance extending to private property began on September 9 with a 911 call from a concerned citizen.

Make sure to read the rest of it.  WAVY spoke to the “concerned citizen” who made the 911 call, who in her call confirmed she knew real guns were not being used but that, “it makes people uncomfortable. I know that it makes me (uncomfortable), as a mom, to see a boy pointing a gun …”

I have a hunch this is more what the call was about:

Ironically, that 911 caller’s son was playing with Khalid and Aidan in the Caraballo front yard on September 12. There were six children playing in an airsoft gun war.  “We see the bus come. We put the gun down. We did not take the airsoft gun to the bus stop.  We did not take the gun to school,” Khalid explained.

Aidan admits shooting the caller’s son in the arm, and Khalid admits shooting another friend in the back.

Petty parent using law enforcement to solve a  harmless “problem” between her child and one of his friends? Sure sounds like it.

Airsoft gun

Airsoft guns are NOT ”firearms.” Sigh. Photo via WAVY.


Phineas Butts In: Bryan Preston updates with the “You’ve got to be kidding me” news. Unanimous?

The boys have been expelled from school by a unanimous vote. Unbelievable.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A seventh grade Virginia Beach student previously suspended for shooting an airsoft gun has been expelled, WAVY.com has learned.

During a hearing Tuesday morning, Aidan Clark and Khalid Caraballo were expelled in a unanimous vote. Clark was offered the option of attending an alternative school, but his father, Tim, told WAVY News’ Andy Fox he will be homeschooled.

Caraballo will attend an alternative school.


UPDATE 2 (Phineas): WAVY has corrected the story. The boys have received “long-term suspensions,” not expulsions:

During a hearing with a disciplinary committee Tuesday morning, Aidan Clark, Khalid Caraballo and a third friend were given long-term suspensions in a unanimous vote. The suspensions will last until June, but a hearing will be held January 27 to determine if they will be allowed back in school sooner.

I’m with the parents: this is a distinction without a meaningful difference. And the school administrators still need to be demoted to janitor.

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12 Responses to “Dumb: Two seventh grade students in Va. Beach suspended for shooting airsoft guns UPDATE: Expelled!”


  1. Zippy says:

    I live in a small town in Northeastern NJ… Whatever happens off school property, whether it’s on a weekend or during school, seems to be the schools business, which pisses me off. If a child gets in trouble with the law (no matter how minor or mischeivous), the policy is for law enforcement to call the school..so the kids get extra punishment at school, which includes a week of detention. Our town is supposed to be voting with regards to allowing school involvement in off school matter should continue or not. It’s overreach ..and most people aren’t aware of it until something happens.
    It’s not the schools business, IMO It’s the responsibility of .. PARENTS.

  2. Memo to “concerned citizens” (or “over-officious busybodies”): For the umpteenth time, the right “feel comfortable” is not in the bill of rights. Keep your pathetic little hang ups on your side of the fence.

  3. ALman says:

    It seems to me that if the school was truly about “education” it would have some better provision than expulsion.

    Why not a police officer, or a military personnel, or a qualififed marksman be wtih the boys over a series of Saturdays? Teach them to respect others, fireamrs, etc. Help them to achieve some level of understanding about the implications of their acts.

  4. Lorica says:

    You know when the zombie apocalypse does come, these young men are going to be prepared to save their neighbor…. it will serve her right to apologize when they do. – Lorica

  5. Drew the Infidel says:

    The parents who decided to home school their child made the best decision. That way the child can be educated in an environment where the adult(s) in charge of instruction have some common sense, a commodity the public school seems to be severely lacking. Not to mention the kid will eat a decent lunch instead of that “mystery meat”.

    Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach teachers.

  6. BC says:

    This entire case is silly and is the result of a prejudiced society. If someone is using or handling an airsoft gun on their own property, it is completely legal as long as they are using it in a legal way. These kids consented to playing the game and thus were subject to the game. It is not the school’s property…unless of course the school is now a military force.

  7. Carlos says:

    I suppose if a Pop Tart can be considered a “firearm,” it’s not a real stretch for a bunch of educated idiots (a.k.a., fools) to consider an air gun a “firearm,” too.

    But I’ll be darned if I can see where the “fire” is in either one…

  8. kevino says:

    This entire case should be laughed at. Period.

    I also agree with LibertyAtStake: People do not have a constitutional right to feel comfortable.

    I believe that suspensions from school is a terrible idea. No punishment is called for in this case. Detention or extra work is a better punishment that staying home from school. I hope the kid that gets suspended spends his day throwing rocks and eggs at the neighbor’s house. If they want to buy a paint-ball gun, I’ll buy the ammo.

    Lorica: In the event of the zombie apocalypse the neighbor is in no danger. Zombies feed on brains, so the zombies will ignore this idiot and shuffle right by.

  9. Drew the Infidel says:

    From what the photo shows the only thing the kid is doing wrong is his grip needs to be modified slightly with the right hand overlaying the left and both thumbs alongside one another. His stance is not visible but looks fairly balanced.

  10. Steve Skubinna says:

    Public education is institutionalized child abuse.

    In my more benign moments I think tar and feathers is appropriate. When I get worked up, rope and lamp posts seem more apt. In any event, taxpayers are footing the tab for these unionized bureaucratic thugs to run roughshod over children.

  11. Diana R.L says:

    My friends Khalid and Aidan should not have bin expelled for playing with toy guns! hasn’t everyone played with a TOY GUNs, THAT CAN NOT KILL! Delaney was making a fool of his self……