Cops Search Family Home After School Alerts Authorities Because They Saw a BB Gun in Kid’s Room at Virtual School
Law enforcement rummaged through the home of a student after public school teachers saw a BB gun in the 11-year-old boy’s room during a session of virtual school.
Courtney Lancaster, a Navy veteran who served her country with four years of active duty, is a law-abiding gun enthusiast, and her son is a boy scout in the fifth grade.
“He’s just a very intellectual child, but he’s all boy as well. He loves to be outside and play and ride his bikes and that sort of thing,” Lancaster said to Project Baltimore.
Her son was given a BB gun so he could learn how to shoot as he works to become an eagle scout. She never imagined this would be a problem until police arrived at their house on June 1.
“I had no idea what to think. I’ve never been in any legal trouble whatsoever. I’ve never had any negative encounter with law enforcement,” said Lancaster. “I had no idea. I really didn’t know what to think.”
Lancaster was at home with her son during the time when they arrived.
“So, I answered the door. The police officer was, he was very nice. He explained to me that he was coming to address an issue with my son’s school,” Lancaster told Project Baltimore.
“And then explained to me that he was here to search for weapons, in my home. And I consented to let him in. And then I, unfortunately, stood there and watched police officers enter my 11-year-old son’s bedroom,” she added.
Lancaster was shocked to hear that this search was being conducted because someone in the public school system ratted on her son because the BB gun was displayed during a virtual school session.
“I thought, this is outrageous. This is despicable,” she said. “I had no idea what in the world could this be over? BB guns never even once entered my mind. How many 11-year-old boys have BB guns?”
Lancaster soon discovered that it was a school safety officer at Seneca Elementary who called the police. She feels her rights were violated with these measures of Orwellian overreach.
“I felt violated as a parent, for my child, who’s standing there with police officers in his room, just to see the fear on his face,” she said.
The principal of the school actually had the audacity to compare Lancaster’s son having a BB gun in his room to bringing a gun to a physical classroom.
“It’s absolutely scary to think about,” Courtney said. “Who are on these calls? Who do we have viewing your children and subsequently taking these screenshots that can be sent anywhere or used for any purpose?”
Baltimore County Schools issued a statement to the media: “Our longstanding policy is to not debate individual circumstances through the media. There are multiple ways for families to share concerns with us. In general terms, the safety of students and staff is our chief concern, whether we are meeting in classrooms or via continuity of learning,”
This is another example of why sane people should remove their children from the public school system post haste.