(CINCINNATI NEWS, FOX19-WXIX TV) An Ohio seventh-grader learned a bizarre lesson after he was suspended for “liking” a photo on Instagram.
Zachary Bowlin, who attends Edgewood Middle School in Trenton, was suspended for 10 days after school officials noticed he “liked” a photo of an airsoft gun on the photo-sharing social network Wednesday evening.
The photo caption simply said “ready.”
“I don’t think I did anything wrong,” Zachary told Columbus station WCMH-TV.
But the next morning, school officials called him into the office, patted him down and checked him for weapons.
“Then, they told me I was getting expelled or suspended or whatever,” he told the station.
The notice sent to Zachary’s parents said he was suspended for “liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence.”
The decision angered Marty Bowlin, Zachary’s father.
“I was livid, I mean, I’m sitting here thinking, ‘You just suspended him for ten days for liking a picture of a gun on a social media site,” he told WXIX-TV. “He never shared, he never commented, he never made a threatening post … anything on the site, just liked it.”