After going target shooting with his mother, a Colorado teen was initially told he cannot return to school until authorities conduct “threat assessment hearing.”
Nate Myers, a junior at Loveland High School in Loveland, Colorado, was visited by police after he posted a video of his time out shooting with his mom.
The Colorado gun rights group Rally For Our Rights provided more context to this incident:
A report had come in to the police department about the video and they were told Nate was a threat. After showing the videos to the police officers and explaining that they’d simply gone on a mother-son outing to train with their legally owned firearms, the police stated that they had done nothing illegal and were well within their rights. They also determined Nate was not a threat to himself or anyone else, and went on their way.
But it wasn’t over.
Sadly, even after police found nothing suspicious about a mother taking her son out for shooting, the school district remained unconvinced.
Justine immediately contacted the school assuming she could easily clear things up, especially since the police had already assessed the situation and realized no one had done anything wrong or made any threats. She was wrong. The school not only refused to provide her with more information about the “threat”, but they refused to provide Nate with schoolwork so he doesn’t get behind. A “threat assessment hearing” has been scheduled for Thursday morning at 10am at the school admin building where Justine will be allowed to defend her son against SEVEN school officials who will be in attendance to, as she was told, “make their case”. Make their case of what? That Nate’s outing with his mother to train with her firearms somehow makes him a danger to the school?
Lesley Hollywood of Rally for Our Rights points out that this is a clear abuse of the program “Safe 2 Tell”, which allows students to report potential threats to school safety. Hollywood depicts several flaws in the program below:
I spoke with Justine, as well as two different attorneys who specialize in Second Amendment issues. The bottom line is the school is legally within their rights at this time. According to the attorneys, the school has a protocol that must be followed when a report of a threat comes in through Safe 2 Tell or other means, even if the report is completely false – and there is nothing parents or students can legally do about it, even with a lawyer. If the student is charged or further action is taken, that changes. This is why students have dubbed Safe 2 Tell as “Safe 2 Swat”, referencing the act of “swatting“, a criminal harassment tactic of deceiving an emergency service into sending a police and emergency service response team to another person’s address.
The good news is that the school district has backpedaled and is now allowing Nate Myers to go back to school.
Nevertheless, Rally for Our Rights warns that these kinds of incidents will not just go away and they expect more of them to come in the near future.