High Schooler Arrested and Expelled for Leaving Hunting Rifle in His Car

Eric Holder stated back in the 90’s that he wanted to brainwash kids about guns and make gun owners pariahs the same way that smokers were. Their efforts at scaring people about guns have certainly paid off, and they’re not even done yet.

There was a time when kids could bring their hunting rifles to school, leave them in their gun rack on their truck or even bring them in to store in their locker during the day. No one thought anything about it. Nowadays, you try something like that, you get treated like a terrorist.

School officials at a Maryland high school say that what this particular student did “created a dangerous situation,” and that they were “lucky nothing happened.” He had been out hunting, and he left his hunting rifle in his car when he came to school. Here’s the Daily Caller:

The student, 18-year-old Patrick Bryan Mitchell, was expelled from South River High School. He was also arrested by county police and received a mugshot. He is barred from possessing a gun for a year.

The shotgun was discovered in the seat of his car, which he had parked in the school parking lot because he was late to class that February morning. An administrator noticed that his parking credentials were outdated, inspected the car and discovered the weapon.

He missed his senior lacrosse season, several weeks of school, and his chances at an athletic scholarship to Pfeiffer College were crushed. He was forced to drop out of two Advanced Placement courses, and has attempted to keep up with his studies by enrolling in online classes.

At his appeals hearing on Thursday, he made clear he realizes his mistake was a serious one.

“I just wanted [the hearing examiner] to realize that it was a mistake, and I had no ill intent on harming anyone,” he said, according to The Baltimore Sun. “I love South River. I love everybody in it. It’s just a shame.”

His mother told reporters that her son should not be punished so vigorously for something that was purely accidental.

“I believe it was a small mistake,” she said. “It was a serious mistake, but a small mistake.”

But Laurie Pritchard, the district’s legal director, disagreed.

“The superintendent certainly does not consider possession of a shotgun with ammunition in a vehicle on school property … to be something small,” she said in a statement. “Bryan is by all accounts … a very nice young man, and I’m glad to say he’s on track to graduate. This, however, is a very serious matter.

Both Principal William Myers and Interim Superintendent Mamie J. Perkins maintained that expulsion was the correct verdict, according to the Capital Gazette.

Mitchell created a dangerous situation, according to Pritchard.

“We’re very lucky nothing happened,” she said.

The only thing this kid is guilty of is being naïve. He put way too much trust in the school officials to use common sense and good judgment. School officials don’t have either of those things anymore. They have a set of arbitrary rules that they are told to blindly enforce. That’s their job.

There is absolutely no harm in leaving a hunting rifle in your car. By itself, it can do nothing. But thanks to the irrational fear that’s been instilled in this culture over the years, it’s an arrestable offense.