College Suspends Woman for Posing in Photo With Legally-Owned Gun
“suspended indefinitely for appearing in a picture holding a firearm”
She was at a gun range, and the photo had nothing to do with the school. This is ridiculous.
The College Fix reports:
College suspends young mother for posing with gun at gun range. She’s suing.
Florida’s First Coast Technical College has a low view of the U.S. and state constitutions, according to a federal lawsuit by a student who says she’s been suspended indefinitely.
Dia’mon Dallas is suing the Florida college for violating her First and Fourteenth Amendment rights and retaliating against her in violation of the Florida Constitution, the Jacksonville Daily Record reports.
The college, which is part of the St. Johns County School District, suspended Dallas after another student reported a Facebook photo of her and her fiance “holding legally purchased and lawfully possessed firearms at a gun range in Palatka,” according to the lawsuit:
Two days after the photograph was posted, Dallas was confronted on the college’s St. Augustine campus by the assistant principal and informed that she was being suspended indefinitely for appearing in a picture holding a firearm.
During the suspension meeting, the assistant principal [Donna Gary-Donovan] said that in the posted picture, Dallas had a “mean look” on her face, was possessing “illegal guns” and stated that “things you do in the dark come in to the light,” according to the complaint. [Gary-Donovan is white.]
The photo constitutes “purely off-campus Facebook communication with friends,” has no connection to a “school-related activity” and could not “interrupt the school environment,” according to the suit, meaning the college’s sanction on Dallas is retaliation.
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1. There isn’t anyone in Palatka who doesn’t own a gun.
2. But she could abort a baby during delivery and that’d be okay.
“another student reported a Facebook photo of her and her fiance “holding legally purchased and lawfully possessed firearms at a gun range in Palatka,”
The worst part about living in a country full of tattletales is there are no adults in the room to tell them to quit whining and do their homework.
Some people, apparently including this school and Ms. Gary-Donovan, seem to love being sued and paying out a lot of money to the plaintiffs. Assuming that the guns were legal as reported, this sure looks like slander to me. Not to mention possible civil rights violations. The school and Ms. Gary-Donovan (personally) may well be liable. Isn’t it amazing the stupid things people will do to prove that they are morally superior?
Do you have information beyond the article? Because there was nothing in the article about “publication” of the accusation. “Publication” is an essential element of any defamation case, and therefore this certainly does NOT look like slander to me.
It’s amazing that such ignorant people hold these positions.
Even more amazing, sad, even depressing, is that they get away with this kind of crap without losing their jobs.