Political correctness strikes Willow Canyon.


First an abstract drawing of a gun got a child suspended. Now an accomplished skeet shooter has been suspended for accidentally leaving a few shotgun shells in her car.

This is a good example of the bureaucracy enforcing a rule for the sake of enforcement instead of using some discretion. The student is questions is doing what society wants kids to do, get involved in a sport or activity so you stay out of trouble. What happens to her – she gets in trouble. Nice job Mr. Capuano for using your judgment.

Here is an earlier story in the Republic detailing her crime of parking in the visitor’s parking lot. I remember when I taught school several years ago and kids regularly stood across the street and had a smoke before school or went to the edge of the fields in the desert for a smoke and no one ever did anything about it. This kid did not present any kind of a threat and is clearly being punished for engaging in a perfectly legal and positive but politically incorrect sport.


  1. I’ll defend this girl, but only to a point. From what I read, she parked “illegally” on campus giving the school “probable cause” to search the car for contraband, which turned up the shells and a pack of smokes. So she’s got three problems: careless with the shells, careless with where she parked, and careless with possessing tobacco. Also, she parked where she knew she should not have because she was running late. So that’s four “infractions” in the span of one minute. While it’s a mistake to make a big deal out of the shells, it’s also a mistake to declare her an NRA martyr. She should be in trouble, but not just for the shells. I think the lawyers call this a guilty victim.

    By the way, most high school chem and bio labs have way more dangerous stuff in them than gunpowder.

  2. Sonoran Alliance says


    Fair enough but what about some kind of probation where if she has no other problems at school for a period of time the incident will be removed from her record. Are the smokes and parking location relevant if the school did not take action on those items but instead freaked out over a few shells. I have dove hunted in Arizona since I was 12 years old. Still seems like a bit of an over reaction. Kind of like the police saying they are too busy to call ICE about immigration violations and then the Republic gets all worked up over the HOV lane (credit to Barry Young for mentioning that this morning.) On some level our public institutions have lost perspective.

    I also think the gasoline in the tank is much more dangerous and explosive than a few shells.

  3. I’m surprised. How could they miss the really “dangerous” item she brought to school — her car!

    I dare say that cars kill and maim more people every year than a box of shotgun shells….

  4. The subjectivity of this post is amazing. I absolutely see how this happened, she’s a teenager, but the no tolerance for weapons and ammunition means just that, no tolerance. As a memebr of the NRA she should understand her responsibility. Sounds to me like she is careless and does what she darn well pleases.

    A four day suspension is a mitigated punishment when expulsion or such a thing is perfectly legal. All the smoke screens don’t go too far in reality. When kids start killing rampages with their cars on campus or their science class projects, then it caries weight. This girl was running late, blatantly disregarded several rules she surely knew of, and didn’t care. Maybe she will learn a lesson from this experience and become a more responsible indiviual.

  5. Ann,

    Let me guess, you used to work at a school. You would really have a “posession of a dangerous instrument” on her record because she forgot the shells were in her car. It’s well-established what she used them for. I guess you would also suspend the kindergartner for playing shoot em with their fingers. Because after all, rules are rules that they “surely knew of” Right?

  6. Mike,

    No, to both the dangerous instrument and the kindergarten kids statements. Such over reaching comparisons do not make sense much less your point. But, yes to personal responsibility, the 2nd amendment, and the absolute the right to bear arms.

    Again, the mitigating part of this is that she was known to have a need for the shells. Four days, may be too extreme, but to write it off would be just as extreme. She is still in the timeline of life to learn a lesson while the safety net is under her. Should it be that she is entitled to break the rules because she has accomplished a degree of success in some form of competition? What about the football player, can he push and shove? After all, isn’t that what he does? No, the time and place call for certain behaviors that would not be allowed indifferent settings. It is called respect and responsibility.

    No tolerance means no tolerance. It doesn’t determine the punishment, just that there will be punishment. If she is a responsible gun owner and respectful of the talent she has been given, she should understand. If not, it speaks to why she was late, knowingly in the wrong parking lot, with cigarettes, and shotgun shells. She needs to understand discipline and rules, and that they apply to her, too.

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