They say education is a weapon and whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed. This idea has never been more aptly demonstrated than at Margory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The high school seems to be the battle of ideologies, a battle of political correctness if you will.
Kyle Kashuv is a survivor of the Valentine’s Day s******g that tragically took the lives of 17 people in a mass s******g at the school earlier this year. Kashuv is also an outspoken advocate for the Second Amendment. On Friday, Kyle posted to social media about his first trip to the g*n range with his father as many students his age and even adults do posting about events and occurrences of importance in their lives. He spoke about s******g with his father and his father was pictured with him in the photos along with pictures of the targets and videos of the events of the day.
To teachers, administrators, and school security this was apparently all to reminiscent of another student who liked to post about g**s. Nickolas Cruz, the mass s*****r that took the lives of 17 people, also liked to post about g**s, with distinct differences. Cruz clearly was disturbed his pictures combined with captions speaking of becoming a school s*****r as well as numerous calls to authorities both locally and to the FBI. Warnings abound about Cruz and his escalating behaviors leading to failures of epic proportions of home, community, school, and law enforcement. Yet Parkland acted as though pictures a boy out s******g with his father, a boy that has had no run-ins with the law and for all purposes appears to be well adjusted and is a good student, yet because he is “s******g” it must be a problem.
It was great learning about our inalienable right of #2A and how to properly use a g*n. This was my first time ever touching a g*n and it made me appreciate the #Constitution even more. My instructor was very informative; I learnt a lot. #2A is important and we need 2 preserve 2A pic.twitter.com/4rcOZbpl88
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) April 21, 2018
Not only was Kashuv was quickly called out for visiting a g*n range and posting about it by the administration, but also by his peers. When Kyle went to school his principal informed him that other students had been upset by his posts. Despite the fact he had done nothing wrong. According to Kyle by mid-morning the situation had escalated to a decidedly sinister tone and he describes the events as they unfolded –
“Near the end of third period, my teacher got a call from the office saying I need to go down and see a Mr. Greenleaf. I didn’t know Mr. Greenleaf, but it turned out that he was an armed school resource officer. I went down and found him, and he escorted me to his office. Then a second security officer walked in and sat behind me. Both began questioning me intensely. First, they began berating my tweet, although neither of them had read it; then they began aggressively asking questions about who I went to the range with, whose g*n we used, about my father, etc. They were incredibly condescending and rude.
Then a third officer from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office walked in, and began asking me the same questions again. At that point, I asked whether I could record the interview. They said no. I asked if I had done anything wrong. Again, they answered no. I asked why I was there. One said, “Don’t get snappy with me, do you not remember what happened here a few months ago?”
They continued to question me aggressively, though they could cite nothing I had done wrong. They kept calling me “the pro-Second Amendment kid.” I was shocked and honestly, scared. It definitely felt like they were attempting to intimidate me.
I was treated like a criminal for no reason other than having gone to the g*n range and posted on social media about it.”
Kashuv provided a copy of the note to the Daily Wire –
Since this incident Kashuv has found an unlikely ally in the form of talk show host Montel Williams. Williams took to social media to rake the Florida high school and their Gestapo like tactics over the coals and rightfully so. Williams states – “So
@KyleKashuv, went to a g*n range *WITH HIS FATHER outside school hours. I don’t understand how that justifies being interrogated by rent-a-cops and then by a sworn officer without giving his parents the chance to be present?”
So @KyleKashuv, went to a g*n range *WITH HIS FATHER outside school hours. I don’t understand how that justifies being interrogated by rent-a-cops and then by a sworn officer without giving his parents the chance to be present? https://t.co/pUBIecoL7v
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) April 24, 2018
A teacher at Stoneman Douglas, Gregg Pittman, responded to Montel, and acted as if Kashuv learning how to use firearms made him a safety threat.
As a teacher from Stoneman Douglas, any student posting photos holding g**s, knives or other weapons would be questioned. 4 federal cases have ruled in the last 10 years that assault weapons are not protected. Most g*n owners would not hold their g*n in this same posed manner
— Greg Pittman (@GregPittman1957) April 24, 2018
As a teacher from Stoneman Douglas that had coworkers & students hunted & shot from room to room, I want & so do other teachers at Douglas want any potential threats checked out. I don’t think you would want to experience what any of us did that day. #NeverAgain
— Greg Pittman (@GregPittman1957) April 25, 2018
Frankly, if school administrators had been this diligent over Cruz 17 people might still be alive. It frankly brings to mind more Stalin-esque ideologies “Ideas are far more powerful than g**s. We don’t let our people have g**s. Why should we let them have ideas?” When parents send their children to be educated among the Romans as they are at Margory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, they should not be surprised when those children return to them….as Romans at least if these administrators have anything to say about it. Meanwhile, Kashuv he is resisting for all he is worth and being punished for continuing to use his brain.