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February 4th, 2013
HS Student Suspended

HS Student suspended for having a picture of a gun

A high school student in Arizona said he has been suspended because of a picture of a gun.

Daniel McClaine Jr., a freshman at Poston Butte High School, said he saved the picture as his desktop background on his school-issued computer.

A teacher noticed it and turned him in.


The picture shows an AK-47 on top of a flag.

McClaine said the school initially suspended him for three days.

Since the laptop belongs to the school, the district policy states students are prohibited from "sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures," and cannot access, send, create or forward pictures that are considered "harassing, threatening, or illegal."

McClaine said he read the guidelines but does not consider the picture threatening to anyone.

"This gun wallpaper does not show anything that's violent. It's not showing anybody getting shot in any way. It's just a picture of a gun. It's nothing -- nobody getting shot, nobody getting it pointed at them, it's nothing," said McClaine.

McClaine said the gun is not his. He's interested in joining the military and said he found it on the internet.

Are there no history books with pictures of people with guns anymore?  This young man has been watching heroes use weapons in movies, and television shows his whole life. Now, he is punished for using a picture on the schools issued laptop of a weapon. That seems like entrapment

-W&J's Producer

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