Teen Kicked Out of School for Posting Non-Threatening Gun Photo on Social Media


A Colorado girl was kicked out of school after posting a satirical photo with her bother holding a rifle. Her post made no threats either verbally or graphically, but the school acted, anyway.

Public school Endeavor Academy in Centennial, Colorado, took quick and unnecessary action to suspend 17-year-old senior Alexandria Keyes for five days after she posted the photo of herself holding a pistol, and her brother, who was holding a rifle, at a gun range.

Keyes added a caption saying, “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.”

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Keyes and her older brother, who is an Army veteran, are seen wearing shemaghs in the image. A shemagh is a scarf that is popular with Middle Eastern cultures and is also used by members of the U.S. military stationed there.

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The girl’s mother, Kelley Moyer, told the media that the scarf was a gift to the teen from her older brother who obtained it during his tours overseas.

The girl told Reason magazine that the suspension from school was both a shock and an outrage.

“Guns are huge in my family, they’re normal to us,” Alexandria told Reason.

She said it was a shock when police pounded on their door to investigate her as a potential threat to her school.

The school told Reason that the girl was suspended for daring to post “multiple” images of guns on social media.

Abbe Smith, Chief Communications Officer for Cherry Creek School District, told me that the decision to suspend Keyes “involved multiple social media posts that concerned the school community and resulted in multiple parents keeping their kids home from school out of concern for safety.” Smith said that federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act protections prevent her from discussing the details of the case, including disclosing the other photos the district allegedly considered in Keyes’ suspension.

Despite the school’s claim that it had every right for suspending a student who was seen in photos at a legal gun range under adult supervision, local police told the family that no laws had been broken and that they had no worries about anyone’s safety.

Once again, we see a school stepping outside of its duties and working to deprive students of their Constitutional rights.

Naturally, the girl is now getting hate mail because she supports the Second Amendment.

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