An 8th grade boy was suspended and kicked out of his school all because he made a replica of a monument honoring fallen U.S. soldiers, according to reports.
Tyler Carlin was suspended from Celina Middle School in Celina, Ohio, after reproducing the fallen soldier monument called the “Battle Cross” consisting of a pair of combat boots, and an upturned M-16 rifle with a steel pot helmet on top.
Once the boy brought the art project to school, administrators dropped the hammer on the boy for bring a weapon to school. Carlin was given a three-day suspension for the memorial replica.
The “gun,” though, was a nerf gun, not a weapon that could fire anything dangerous.
Some kids criticized the school, according to Fox 45:
One protester named Tyler said the protest was the result of the school board not allowing the community to express their First Amendment rights. According to Tyler, residents in the Celina community said on social media that it was wrong for Carlin to be suspended. Tyler said Celina Public Schools took those comments down and said they should state their concerns at a school board meeting.
“They had a veteran go to the board meeting, like they said we should to state our opinion,” he said, “and as soon as she got her name out, they walked her out without even giving her a chance at her First Amendment rights. So, if they won’t give us our First Amendment right where it’s supposed to be, we’ll take them right here.”
The student appeared on “Fox & Friends” to decry the idiotic action by the school.
Carlin was asked by co-host Brian Kilmeade why the monument meant so much to him.
“This means so much to me because that was the last chance that… the military, their friends got to say goodbye to them and then they had to go back out and fight,” Carlin said.
“Also, my dad’s friend is like a grandpa to me. And he, like, showed me his war stories from Vietnam… he just showed me all about that.”
The boy’s parents said they intend to take the school to court over the incident.
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