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Two NJ high school students suspended for going to gun range after school

Someone aiming a gun. (Peretz Partensky/Flickr)
March 20, 2018

Lacey Township School District in central New Jersey suspended two high school students after Snapchat pictures showed them at a gun range outside of school hours.

Attorney Daniel Schmutter with the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs said a lawsuit might be pending since the pictures were non-threatening and not alarming in any way. The two students were simply at a gun range after school hours.

Schmutter indicated in a letter to Lacey Township School District that suspending the two students for posting photos off school grounds and unrelated to school activities was a “very serious violation” of the their rights, according to Patch.com.

After the incident, the “straight A” students returned to school but were not permitted to go to class, Schmutter said, according to Patch.com.

Lacey Township School District follows the Safe Schools Initiative and the Zero Tolerance for Guns Act. Their own policy enforces zero-tolerance policy for any students who have weapons in their possession, on or off school grounds, according to Patch.com.

“These are top-quality kids. It’s astonishing what they have done to these kids,” Schumuter said.

The students could face a possible one-year suspension, according to Schmutter.