September 25th, 2013
12:41 PM ET

7th Graders Suspended For Firing Pellet Guns By Bus Stop

The parents of two suspended 13-year-old Virginia boys say zero tolence has gone too far. At least two Virginia Beach 7th graders won't be attending class Wednesday after being suspended for shooting toy pellet guns, not at school, but near their school's bus stop.

CNN's Zoraida Sambolin reports.

Their parents, outraged at the punishment of year-long suspensions, argue the boys were on private property. Khalid Caraballo and Aidan Clark, speaking exclusively to Piers Morgan Tuesday night, said the weapon was just a toy.

Caraballo said: "It's an air soft gun, it's meant for shooting at the target and that's what we were doing."

On Tuesday, the school district disciplinary committee unanimously voted to suspend the boys for the remainder of the school year for possession, handling, and use of a firearm.

In a statement to CNN, Daniel D. Edwards, Chairman of the Virginia Beach School Board said:

"The students in question were witnessed taking aim at other students, not just from private property but in the streets of their neighborhood as well – all while awaiting the arrival of their school bus."

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  1. AirGunner

    I think pellet guns are a great way to learn how to shoot but they are still dangerous and should be handled with care because they are still weapons after all.

    March 19, 2014 at 11:33 pm | Reply

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