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Hand Me That Glue Gun

Byron Preston, 15, hasn’t gone to school for four months. Instead, he works at his father’s barber shop in Laurel, Md. He’d rather be in school, but was expelled for possession of a “weapon” — a tattoo gun, which he took to school to practice tattooing on fruit. “It doesn’t shoot anything,” complains his father, James. “It just happens to have the word ‘gun’.” But school officials wouldn’t listen, saying a student having a “gun” at school calls for automatic expulsion according to their zero tolerance policy. A Prince George’s County Public Schools spokesman says the policy is “under review” by the school board. The Prestons have been told verbally that they won the appeal of the expulsion, but somehow the paperwork to reinstate Byron into school has never shown up. (RC/WTTG Washington DC) ...If school officials won’t do their jobs like professionals, maybe we can make their paychecks never show up.
Original Publication Date: 27 March 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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