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.