Teen turns in gun, gets expelled in return

Filed under: Teens, Health & Safety: Babies, Day Care & Education

In a stunning example of how no good deed goes unpunished, thirteen-year-old Ryan Morgan has been expelled from Troy Middle School because he turned in a gun he found in the bathroom. Ryan says he and a friend found the pellet gun in the school's bathroom and put it in his pocket and turned it in to an assistant principal. The school's principal and the district's superintendent decided to expel him for it, offering an "alternative school" as an option.

The boy's parents are outraged, saying that he did what he thought was best to keep his fellow students safe. Now, it seems that Ryan is going to be home-schooled instead. "They still did what they wanted to do," said Audrey Morgan, the boy's mother. "They have expelled my son. They just looked up another word for it."

Apparently, the state's school code requires that any student who uses, possesses, controls or transfers a weapon or look-alike weapon should be expelled for at least one calendar year. "In this case, the board's final motion was to have the student assigned to homebound study instead of expulsion, where no educational services would be offered at all," said assistant superintendent Joanne Schochat.

While I don't know all the details, it sure seems like this is a case of a school district blindly following the letter, rather than the spirit of the law. Perhaps it would indeed have been a better idea to leave the gun where it was and simply notify a principal that it was there, but certainly the punishment seems a bit harsh for that. This is not a case where a kid brought a gun to school nor did he even play with it or show it to anyone before turning it in. Ryan Morgan, it seems, was simply trying to do the right thing. And now he's paying the price for it.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.