Colorado Teen Suspended for Posting Picture of Herself With Gun… At Gun Range

Public high school Endeavor Academy in Centennial, Colorado, suspended 17-year-old Alexandria Keyes for five days. 

She didn’t break the law.  She didn’t break any school rule.  She didn’t threaten anyone or harm anyone.  Her offense, if it can be called that, was to post a picture on SnapChat of herself and her older brother, a military veteran, with guns at a gun range.

Under the picture, she wrote the caption:

“Me and my legal guardian are going to the gun range to practice gun safety and responsible gun ownership while getting better so we can protect ourselves while also using the First Amendment to practice our Second Amendment.”

The school won’t discuss the case, exactly, but Abbe Smith, Chief Communications Officer for Cherry Creek School District, noted that the district can suspend students when their actions, at school or off property, interfere with the school’s ability to teach.  Since other parents had seen the pictures and held their kids out of school, Smith surmised that the school was within its rights to suspend Keyes because her actions led to kids not learning because they didn’t show up.

But that’s a big leap.

Keyes went to a gun range to practice handling a gun in a safe manner.  She specifically wrote that she and her brother were practicing safety and responsible gun ownership, and were interested in protecting themselves, not harming anyone.

The real culprits interfering with student learning are the parents who held out their kids.

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  1. John Stuczynski
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    Some parents decided to keep their kids home from school because of that picture? Must be democrats. If you own a gun, you should know how to use it properly. Gun safety is a must. If that is wrong, boy, do we have a problem.

  2. John Stuczynski
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    Oh, I did not see these parents were from Colorado. That explains a lot.

  3. LMB
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    Yes the parents of the students that stayed home need to be addressed with fines and/or something. She was practicing her Constitutional Rights!

    • Edward George Micallef
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      The parents are the problem. They must be Democrats and against the USA.

  4. Bob Weise
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    Our schools are run by agenda driven robots devoid of any common sense and who only follow the laws they like.

    • Jim Jaqua
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      No, they are run primarily by liberals who have been educated in left-wing institutions.

  5. jim
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    These stupid snowflakes, keeping the kids home from school, over a photo! When I a teenager, we had 4-H with Archery and Gun Clubs, (YES EVEN GUN CLUBS) We had a lot of fun!

  6. Sharon Jeanguenat
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    Sounds like a GOOD lawsuit!

  7. Anony Mous
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    She has a good case of harassment, if not more, for them taking action on something they have NO jurisdiction over.
    I would think she would win a lawsuit against those who suspended her.
    If nothing else, her brother would make a good witness of their being anti-military as well as anti-gun because he was in the post as well.

  8. Ed_the_Merlin
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    I’ve already added Colorado and Minnesota to the dingbat list of California. I continually hear the question of why are the kids today so screwed up…and that’s on both ends of the Normal spectrum. They are either wild and crazy or a bunch of wussies needing Crying rooms or Stress Relief rooms. They can’t handle failure which in and of itself is a failure. And why they ask? Because their parents have failed them. I will watch what I call Left Field programming in an effort to better understand the plague we are confronted with nowadays. The programs “Real Wives of ______” shows just how screwed up families are today. I happened to watch RW of LA the other night and a 20+ year old male was really screwed up. His screwed up mother asked him why he was so screwed up…DUH! I was surprised at his answer. He told her that she didn’t prepare him properly for life when he was a child. I was amazed by his intelligent answer. That said explains and confirms my thoughts that it’s a parenting problem exacerbated by a schooling problem; schools that are run by the same types of parents. Note that I said nothing about any political leaning or the like. SURE!

    • cammo99
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      Thumbs up. You properly evaluated a school that apparently does not teach kids to read or comprehend.

  9. Stephen Klein
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    This young lady needs to hire an attorney and file suit against the school district and who exactly made the decision to suspend her for five days for exercising her 1st & 2nd Amendment rights ONLINE. The suspension needs to be removed from her school records.

  10. SamW
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    Since when is it illegal to go to a gun range for practice? Or even post a picure of oneself at a range?? Time for that young LADY to get a good LAWYER and sue. If she wins, maybe a private school would be better for her….

  11. Bob Lichtenberger
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    Ignorance, arrogance & stupidity only superficially describe this manner of attempted annulment of an American citizen’s constitutionally protected ‘right to keep and bear’; the school district deserves nothing less than prosecution to the fullest lawful degree.

    • Edward George Micallef
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      Spot on.

  12. Michael Mayes
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    I hope her parents sue the hell out of the school district.

    • Nancy Anderson
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      The article said that her brother was her legal guardian, so maybe her parents aren’t in her life anymore. Since he is a veteran, he must be a few years older than her and he takes care of her. Sounds like he’s doing a good job and that school district has overstepped their bounds.

  13. JoeyP
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    This sounds like a REALLY NICE lawsuit against the school! . . . I hope they GO with it and SUE the school. A few E X P E N S I V E lawsuits will make schools think twice when coming against the U.S. Constitution’s 2nd amendment rights given to their students. Team Trump and his allies 2020 – KAGA (Keep America Great Again).

  14. Lloyd Pritchett
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    That is so stupid! America has become a land of snowflake wusses! If our ancestors had been such cry babies this nation wouldn’t be here today. American people see all the crap on tv and the internet and are afraid of their shadows. So pathetic!

    • Nancy Anderson
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      I agree with you 100%.

  15. cammo99
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    So everybody who skipped school was afraid of a girl with a gun who was advocating gun safety. She is better off not attending that school it apparently does not teach kids to read or they would have red the caption and comprehended it or is comprehension an untaught skill at that school too?
    Her parents should sue the hell of that school. When kids skip school to protest guns is it also because they are afraid of guns ? Or just skipping school. Lets face it some schools just suck this is one of them.

  16. R Calkins
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    Our 1st and 2nd amendments are our ultimate security against the forces of an out of control government. If this crazy fear of guns does not stop, we are in terrible trouble as a nation. Fear is winning in this fight. The aim is to ultimately allow for the implementation of the agenda of the one world order. They have to take our guns before they can change other laws that would be in place to control us. At that point, If we allow it to happen, we have lost. Situations like this are coming about as a test to find the weak points and drive up the fear gauge. Unfortunately, it often works. I pity those parents. They are allowing it to affect their emotions and choices and infecting their children with it as well.

    • Fred
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      You, my friend have hit the nail square on the head! The “New World Order” needs a disarmed American citizenry to achieve it’s goals, and is sowing the seeds of fear, distrust and divisiveness in order to bring their scheme to fruition. I also believe they’re not above using subliminal messaging on social media sites to further their ends!

  17. Robert Pengelly
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    The parents and the school are a bunch of jerks. Responsibility and good sense should never be punished,

  18. Robert Pengelly
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    Why?

  19. Nick McKinnon
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    OMG, really. Colorado is more liberal than my Great State of California. Can’t wait to see the payout in this law suit. That young lady was showing people (Her peers) that you can be young and responsible. I’m sure that school hasn’t suspended any of the lil wannabe thugs that attend that school, who posted themselves holding their guns of their facebook page.

  20. The Eard _ USMC Vet
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    I am neither a Liberal nor a Democrat, so please explain to me what possible good suspending the girl for five days can do? Is she supposed to forget what a rifle or a pistol is during that time? Or perhaps forget how to handle one safely? Somebody please explain the Liberal Logic to me?

  21. Randy
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    Colorado is where all the ex-Californians move to now that they have overloaded Oregon and Washington state with their whacko liberal politics. The girls family should get a great lawyer and sue the school district and everyone at the school who had a part in deciding to suspend her for the actions of some snowflake raising parents.

  22. Mike
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    If that was my daughter the Federal Civil Rights lawsuit would be filed for 5 million per day with also going after punitive damages to the principal.

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