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Student EXPELLED for forgetting to leave his hunting gun at home
The Daily Caller ^ | April 25, 2014 | Robby Soave

Posted on 04/26/2014 8:10:37 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Zero tolerance strikes again, with a vengeance: A Maryland high school expelled a well-behaved 18-year-old student who accidentally brought a shotgun onto school property because he left it in his car after returning from a hunting trip.

The student, 18-year-old Patrick Bryan Mitchell, was expelled from South River High School. He was also arrested by county police and received a mugshot. He is barred from possessing a gun for a year.

He missed his senior lacrosse season, several weeks of school, and his chances at an athletic scholarship to Pfeiffer College were crushed. He was forced to drop out of two Advanced Placement courses, and has attempted to keep up with his studies by enrolling in online classes.

Now he has a simple request: to attend graduation and senior prom. He has filed an appeal with the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

At his appeals hearing on Thursday, he made clear he realizes his mistake was a serious one.

“I just wanted [the hearing examiner] to realize that it was a mistake, and I had no ill intent on harming anyone,” he said, according to The Baltimore Sun. “I love South River. I love everybody in it. It’s just a shame.”

His mother told reporters that her son should not be punished so vigorously for something that was purely accidental.

“I believe it was a small mistake,” she said. “It was a serious mistake, but a small mistake.”

But Laurie Pritchard, the district’s legal director, disagreed.

“The superintendent certainly does not consider possession of a shotgun with ammunition in a vehicle on school property … to be something small,” she said in a statement. “Bryan is by all accounts … a very nice young man, and I’m glad to say he’s on track to graduate. This, however, is a very serious matter.

Both Principal William Myers and Interim Superintendent Mamie J. Perkins maintained that expulsion was the correct verdict, according to the Capital Gazette.

Perkins did not respond to a request for comment as to whether she believed Mitchell should be allowed to graduate.

Mitchell is hopeful that the board will vote to allow him to attend prom and graduation, though he realizes that’s a long shot.

The shotgun was discovered in the seat of his car, which he had parked in the school parking lot because he was late to class that February morning. An administrator noticed that his parking credentials were outdated, inspected the car and discovered the weapon.

Mitchell created a dangerous situation, according to Pritchard.

“We’re very lucky nothing happened,” she said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: arth; banglist; freakstate; gungrabbers; tyranny; zerotolerance

1 posted on 04/26/2014 8:10:37 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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Maryland “Freak State” PING!


2 posted on 04/26/2014 8:11:23 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (The PASSING LANE is for PASSING, not DAWDLING)
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3 posted on 04/26/2014 8:13:30 PM PDT by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Man. That shotgun could have jumped out of that locked car, grabbed some shells and run into the locked school doors, loaded itself and gone of half cocked.


4 posted on 04/26/2014 8:14:55 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Back in the day, we could leave ours loaded, in our pickups, in the headache rack, with the windows rolled down and the only person who would notice would be the principal who’d say, “Hey, nice shotgun there, Joe.”


5 posted on 04/26/2014 8:17:41 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Jet Jaguar

This kid needs to be sentenced to at least 15 years. /s


6 posted on 04/26/2014 8:18:50 PM PDT by umgud
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Created a dangerous situation, like the gun was going to unlock the car doors and leap out and begin shooting at people?

Sadly there could be some truth to it if it was in plain view and there were nuts on campus desperate enough to break into the car and steal the gun and wreak mischief... and they hadn’t already been able to figure out some other way to do it.

Everyone is acting like an automaton set on “nutcase.”


7 posted on 04/26/2014 8:19:08 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

How did this administrator “inspect” the car, and by what legal authority can he do so? Is he a law enforcement officer? Did he have the driver’s consent, or probable cause to believe a crime was in progress? The whole situation stinks...


8 posted on 04/26/2014 8:29:47 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Just think what might have happened if he’d left a box of donuts in the car - half the school could have become obese. And heaven forbid there’s been a pack of condoms in view...

What - the nannies haven’t invoked zero tolerance on those things yet? Never mind, then...


9 posted on 04/26/2014 8:30:24 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Sorry no sympathy here. The Kid should have known better! You are talking a School here! Panic is there mode! I know it was not meant to put anyone in harms way but hey does this Kid never read the news! He will just have to suck it up and go with the flow after putting his future in the hands of the law!


10 posted on 04/26/2014 8:30:46 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

He is a liberal. What a whimp. Just call them tyrants and tell them to stuff it.


11 posted on 04/26/2014 8:30:56 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Frank_2001

My guess would be, looked in the windows.

Everybody goes ape poop at the sight of a gun today, it seems. I’m half surprised he wasn’t accused of inciting a panic. Of course it really wouldn’t be his fault, but sadly he ought to know better.


12 posted on 04/26/2014 8:32:33 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What a crock. When I was in grade school, guys would actually bring their hunting gear (including rifles) to school and leave ‘em in the cloakroom so they could go hunting as soon as the clock hit 3PM.


13 posted on 04/26/2014 8:35:33 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (Sarah Palin - Last Man Standing (Ironic, ain't it?))
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
This is all part of the Gramsci plan to grind down our nation.

The goal:

To produce a nation of mind-scrambled girly-boys who are utterly incapable of defending themselves, their families ( if they can figure out how to get out of their single mom's basement) and our nation's freedom.

Is it just me or am I seeing an unusual number of swishy 20-something males out and about in the community? And... I live in a red state, too!

14 posted on 04/26/2014 8:45:39 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: LaybackLenny

My brother was on the target shooting team. He carried his 22 rifle slung over his shoulder to high school. He stored it in his locker.


15 posted on 04/26/2014 8:50:52 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Just keep them in the trunk, to avoid scaring the faint-hearted! ;)


16 posted on 04/26/2014 8:57:53 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thoughtcrime


17 posted on 04/26/2014 8:57:55 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: wintertime

Imagine what it would be like without the 2nd Amendment.


18 posted on 04/26/2014 8:59:33 PM PDT by oldtech
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Maybe it’s just my views here, but I think there’s starting to be a real pushback on this.

Liberals in the media have been pushing their two agendas gun control and affirmative action well ... forever.

I think that the American patience with this, is running out. I think the issue with the rancher in Arizona is an illustration that things could start to go the opposite direction now.

Maybe it’s just my viewpoint however. But it seems to me, people are starting to get it.


19 posted on 04/26/2014 9:03:12 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Maybe his parents should have paid to send him to a private school or home schooled him.

Sending a kid to a government school is akin to child abuse.

20 posted on 04/26/2014 9:03:48 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Patrick is clearly a Caucasian; otherwise an exception could have, and would have, been made.


21 posted on 04/26/2014 9:07:48 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Shall not infringe.....


22 posted on 04/26/2014 9:25:10 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Maryland?
Doesn’t surprise me.

As ‘good’ as VA is in regards ‘open carry’ and being able to have a weapon in your car WITH or WITHOUT a Carry Permit, it is ILLEGAL—licensed or not— to leave a gun in your vehicle on school grounds.
If you have a permit you are allowed to have it in your possession as long as you remain in your vehicle.

Of course this makes one a felon if you are ‘out and about’ and decide to swing by to your son or grandsons baseball game.


23 posted on 04/26/2014 9:39:29 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98 --"I would agree with you BUT that would make both of us wrong".))
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I'm having a hard time believing I have all of the information. If the gun was in his car and in plain view, he most likely didn't "forget" it was there, he just thought no one would catch him. He also knows full well he is dealing with irrational morons and how they would react to such a thing. I'm not saying he was up to no good... If he was, the gun wouldn't be in his car when they found it, it would have been in use.

That being said, they are destroying the kid for being a dumba#$ teenager, nothing more. Everyone involved in this should be ashamed for being a group of complete idiots.

24 posted on 04/26/2014 9:44:49 PM PDT by FunkyZero (... I've got a Grand Piano to prop up my mortal remains)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

More than half the cars in the student lot at SAHS carried a rifle or shotgun back in 1960.


25 posted on 04/26/2014 11:56:04 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

In 1974 my 9th grade chemistry teacher got invited pheasant hunting. He asked us boys if he could borrow a shotgun. Next day about 12 showed up in the classroom and he tried them all for fit and function before selecting one.

If we were going hunting after school, we left the gun in our locker. Rode the school bus with them, too.


26 posted on 04/27/2014 12:06:57 AM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: eartrumpet

Hell I forgot a shotgun in my car once and took it to school. Principle called me in and just told me not to forget again. This was in 2001 in south Louisiana.


27 posted on 04/27/2014 12:33:17 AM PDT by Raymann
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The kid COULD have formed his hand into a “gun-shape” if he really meant to harm anyone. So, I think this was an accident. I guess to stop “gun-shapes” they should cut off all the hands like in those mooselem countries there....


28 posted on 04/27/2014 3:45:24 AM PDT by Reverend Saltine (Saltines are dry and make you thirsty)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This is kind of surprising. Anne Arundel Co. South of the South River is still pretty rural and full of hunting fishing types. A shotgun in a car should be no big thing


29 posted on 04/27/2014 3:46:41 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Jimmy Valentine

Ah, but we are dealing with “educators” here.


30 posted on 04/27/2014 4:44:27 AM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Pheasant and quail hunting after class in the late fall was common when I was in high school in the 60s. Yes, there was a shotgun and shells in the trunk...


31 posted on 04/27/2014 4:46:35 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

yep, and many of us took our shot guns to college.

At both of the colleges I attended there were dove fields planted by the Ag students so us engineers could go hunting


32 posted on 04/27/2014 4:49:36 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: OldPossum

We are indeed!


33 posted on 04/27/2014 4:50:57 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Jimmy Valentine; All

The purpose is not, and has never been, safety.

The purpose has always been indoctringation.

Indoctrinate the children that guns are bad.

Guns are legaly dangerous.

Go near a gun or *think* positively about a gun, and be punished.

That *is* the purpose of zero tolerance.


34 posted on 04/27/2014 6:51:48 AM PDT by marktwain (The old media must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Personally I think it is time to take Zero Tolerance Nationwide:
Any Public Servant, Public Official and Public Employees that makes a Deliberate False Statement To ANY Person or Persons, Shall be Considered a Danger to themselves and the community, and Shall be Prohibited from Owning, Using, or Possessing any Firearm or Ammunition.


35 posted on 05/04/2014 10:26:00 AM PDT by eyeamok
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