Tuesday, 1. April 2014
A Maple Grove student was suspended from school for three days for wearing a t-shirt that had the word “gun” written on it.
Jeffery Warner, 17, didn’t give a second thought to his attire Monday morning when he put on his new “Welcome to the Gun Show” t-shirt. The shirt, which has been recreated above, refers to Warner’s biceps as the “guns.” A few of Warner’s friends got a chuckle when they saw their friend donning the orange shirt, but they never expected what would happen next.
“Between third and fourth period I got a call down to the office on the loudspeaker,” said Warner. “I never get in trouble, so I figured it was about Prom or something.”
When Warner arrived in the office, he was greeted by the principal and the district superintendent. He said that’s when he began to worry.
“I started running every scenario through my head, but for the life of me I couldn’t think of anything I did wrong,” said Warner.
Warner was led to a conference room where he was asked if he knew why he was there. He said he hadn’t the faintest idea, and that’s when the principal handed him the Maple Grove student conduct policy.
“He had highlighted the weapon policy, but it still didn’t dawn on me, even after I read the section that said guns of all kind are forbidden,” said Warner. “I told him I didn’t have a weapon, and he pointed at my chest and said, ‘I’m looking at it right now!’”
Once Warner came to the conclusion that the principal was talking about his shirt, he offered to go home and change. The principal said that it was too late.
“We wouldn’t let a kid who brought a knife to school go home and return without the knife, so why would we let Warner do the same?” said Principal Roy Kafest. “We felt that it was only fair to punish him the same way we’d punish anyone else who brought a weapon to school.”
Superintendent Don Belivettei echoed Kafest’s sentiments.
“Zero tolerance means just that,” said Belivettei. “Keeping our students safe is our top priority.”
Principal Kafest declined further comment, saying he was late for a meeting with a freshman who wrote the word “luger” on a history paper about World War II.
Warner said he planned to hire Appelman Law Firm to challenge the matter in court.
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