McGovern Takes a Stand for Lacey Students Suspended for Posting Pictures at the Gun Range

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LACEY-The Lacey Township School District on Monday said the language in their student handbook that landed two students with suspension for posting photos of themselves legally possessing and using firearms at a shooting range has been changed.

In an unprecedented move, the district penalized two students for going to the gun range with their family.

The two students posted a picture of their time at the shooting range with family to social media. Those pictures quickly spread around the district.   The two students were eventually suspended.

The student handbook stated any student could face suspension if, “reported to be in possession of a weapon of any type for any reason or purpose on or off school grounds.”

Mark McGovern who is currently running for the Republican nomination to Congress, who is an NRA member said changing the handbook is not enough.

“I’m glad you addressed the 24/7 supervisory illegal weapons and stuff that was going on with the handbook,” McGovern told the board. “But, the email you sent out states plainly that no rights were violated and I’m here to tell you that you’re lying to us and you’re lying to everyone out here.”

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McGovern said the school district has been hiding behind student privacy laws to avoid addressing the issue of possibly illegally suspending the students and violating both their first and second amendment rights.

“We’re going to play the whole privacy thing…however I’ve been sitting with the family and children who were penalized for nothing more than exercising their first amendment rights, which was taking pictures of themselves at range, which I do often, with a gun.”

“There was no security threat there whatsoever,” he said to the board. “I think you owe them a very big apology.”

The auditorium erupted in applause for the congressional hopeful.