By: Teresa Mull
A police officer showed up at the home of an 11-year-old in Maryland after a teacher saw a BB gun in his room during a virtual class.
The Blaze reports:
According to WBFF-TV, a police officer visited the home of the fifth-grader following the incident.
Courtney Lancaster, the child's mother and a Navy veteran, told the station that the child is in the process of becoming an Eagle Scout and is enrolled in Baltimore County Schools.
"[An officer] explained to me that he was here to search for weapons, in my home," Lancaster said.
Lancaster told WBFF that the school's principal complained that the child having a BB gun in his room was like bringing a gun to school.
"This is despicable," Lancaster said. "I had no idea what in the world [the police visit] could be over? BB guns never even once entered my mind. How many 11-year-old boys have BB guns?"
According to reports, the teacher took a screenshot of the child’s room and shared it with school officials, who then contacted police.
Lancaster said she was not notified before the police arrived at her house, and she is disturbed that a teacher would violate her son’s privacy by capturing photos of his bedroom and passing them around.
Lancaster reached out to the school after the incident, and the principal initially compared bringing a weapon to a virtual class to bringing a gun to school. Lancaster said:
"So, what are the parameters? Where are the lines drawn? If my son is sitting at the kitchen island next to a butcher block, does that constitute a weapon? It's not allowed at school, right? So, would my home then be searched because he's sitting next to a butcher block. I feel like parents need to be made aware of what the implications are, what the expectations are."
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.