Online Classes – Police Called on Student Over BB Guns

 In opinion, Politics

Back in June in Baltimore, Maryland, a parent suddenly noticed two police vehicles at her door – why? The school called police on her son because of the BB-guns on the wall behind his desk.  It brings up many questions on the “online classes” issue. Even a Tennessee School District demanded parents not monitor their child’s virtual learning and threatened to remove them if they did. Who is monitoring who?


Courtney Lancaster is a 4 year Navy veteran who is familiar with weapons and how to store them. (Fox5) Her 11 year old son owns BB guns, as well as a bow and arrow. He is a Boy Scout in the 5th grade and working towards his Eagle Scout designation.

“He’s just a very intellectual child, but he’s all boy as well. He loves to be outside and play and ride his bikes and that sort of thing.”

But Big Brother from the school district took a screenshot of his bedroom while he was in online classes, and the school safety officer called police because he said the “weapon was not secured.”  And the school refused to let Courtney see the screenshot they took, saying it “wasn’t part of his student record.”

Police arrived and found no violations or anything that posed a danger in his bedroom. Courtney said they were very nice, but left after 20 minutes of terrifying an 11 year old child.

Schools demand that parents not monitor the online classes, but can take screenshots and call the police…what does that say about the future of online learning?

“It’s absolutely scary to think about. Who are on these calls? Who do we have viewing your children and subsequently taking these screenshots that can be sent anywhere or used for any purpose?…

… 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.” Courtney Lancaster

Courtney said she felt violated, and the stonewalling of the school didn’t make her feel any better. After the incident, she wrote letters to the school principal and administrator. She was told that “bringing” a gun to an online class was comparable to bringing it to school. Only in the mind of an idiot would that be true. It’s REMOTE learning.


By August, however, more schools are providing a mix of online classes and in person education. One district, Rutherford County School District,  in Tennessee, literally demanded the parents not monitor their child’s virtual learning classes. And they made parents sign a form that they wouldn’t do so. Violation of that would result in the child being removed from the class. After some parent backlash, the school told parents they could help their student “with permission of the instructor.” (Tennessee Star).

The more rigid everything becomes, the less likely education will take place. But indoctrination is certainly on the table, even in online classes. Parents beware: these are YOUR children.

Featured photo: Screenshot via Fox5 Baltimore


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  • Ken Culler

    A parents right if not duty is to monitor their children and what’s in a child’s home is for the parents to allow . Screenshotting should be illegal.

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