Police paid an 11-year-old boy a visit after a teacher at his school spied a BB gun hanging on the wall during a virtual class.
According to WBFF-TV, school officials became concerned when a teacher saw a BB gun mounted on the child’s wall. The teacher took a screenshot of the child’s room and sent it to the school’s resource officer, who turned the information over to local authorities.
Courtney Lancaster, the child’s mother and a Navy veteran, informed the news station that her child is in the process of becoming an Eagle Scout. Her son has learned how to shoot a BB gun and an airsoft gun. He’s also taken three levels of archery lessons. His mother says he stores his bow and guns on this wall in his bedroom. It’s never been a problem until June 1, when police pulled up outside her house.
“I answered the door. The police officer was, he was very nice. He explained to me that he was coming to address an issue with my son’s school,” Courtney told Project Baltimore. “And then explained to me that he was here to search for weapons, in my home. And I consented to let him in. And then I, unfortunately, stood there and watched police officers enter my 11-year-old son’s bedroom.”
Courtney was told someone had seen the guns in her son’s bedroom during a Google Meet class on his laptop.
Police officers were only in her home for 20 minutes and found no violations. They left without any further action.
After the police left left, Courtney got a hold of the school and complained about the school about the invasion of privacy and breech of trust. The school had the option of calling the parent instead of getting law enforcement involved.
The school has not been very cooperative at providing answers as to why they chose to handle the situation the way they did.
According to Courtney, the school’s principal said that the child having a BB gun in his room was the same as bringing a gun to school. She was also told she could not see the screenshot of her son’s bedroom because it’s not part of his student record.
“It’s absolutely scary to think about,” Courtney said. “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?”
“There’s no more trust. There have just been a series of lies and just no cooperation,” she said.