The superintendent of a rural Montana school district, Dwain Haggard, was demonstrating his black powder muzzleloader to a group of high school history students. Haggard, a former Civil War re-enactor, said that he usually fires a cap during the demonstration and it just make a popping sound. This time, though, when he pulled the trigger the gun actually fired, sending the ball into the wall of the classroom. Nobody was hurt and Haggard can't explain how the gun was loaded, which is kind of scary.
Haggard was not fired and, to my knowledge, wasn't even disciplined. Meanwhile, it was just last week that one school suspended a 6 year old because he pointed his finger in the shape of a gun at another student. In the last few weeks we also heard of a little boy who was suspended after he brought some sort of action figure that was holding a two-inch toy gun.
So am I understanding this correctly? If you bring a toy gun - no matter how small - or simulate a gun with your finger and point it at someone you get suspended. But if you're an employee of the school district and bring a real gun and fire it in the classroom, that's okay?
Okay - got it.