VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (CBS Charlotte) - The parents of a Virginia Beach 13-year-old say zero tolerance has gone too far, after their son and another boy were suspended from school for shooting a pellet gun on their front yard.
On Sept. 9, Khalid Caraballo and his fellow 7th grader Aidan Clark were shooting at other boys with a spring-loaded Airsoft gun while waiting for the school bus. The Caraballo’s property is 70 yards from the bus stop, according to WAVY-TV. A neighbor saw the boys playing and called 911.
Kahlid’s mother, Solangel Caraballo, says the Virginia Beach City Public School System had no right to order the suspensions.
“My son is my private property. He does not become the school’s property until he goes to the bus stop, gets on the bus, and goes to school,” she told WAVY.
Khalid insists he put the gun down when the school bus arrived.
“This had nothing to do with school. I didn’t have anything at school at anytime,” he told WAVY.
Larkspur Middle School principal Matthew Delaney said the children were firing the pellets at each other and people near the bus stop.
The suspensions are through the end of the school year, though the district could revisit the case in January. Caraballo will attend an alternate school while Clark’s father says the boy will be homeschooled.
Airsoft guns are designed to be non-lethal and fire plastic pellets.
Virginia Beach police are not bringing charges and declined to discuss the case because it involves juveniles.