When honoring our counries fallen soldiers, there can be no monument too big, no tribute too appealing. These people have given up their own lives for the liberties we have on a daily basis, to ignore that fact is absolutely despicable.
Tyler Carlin has a great understanding of this. When he was asked to create a representation for his history class at Celina Middle School, he chose that he would dedicate it to all the soldiers who have died representing their country.
He put a lot of work and time into constructing the model, and the end product was a great reflection of hard work and planning. Unfortunately, it didn’t get the response Tyler was expecting …
Having colected a nerf gun, boots and a helmet, Tyler could recreate a replica of the “battle cross” monument.
Sadly, not everyone got Tyler’s tribute as he expected them to. The 13-year old was taken into the principal’s office as soon as he’d got to school, he was handed a 3-day in-school suspension. “bringing a look-alike weapon to school and creating a disturbance.”
Apart from his history teacher already approving the project, Tyler was stopped by a school official shortly after coming to school and instructed to leave his project in the administration office. He was then told that he could give the presentation he had planned without the replica.
“This means so much to me because that was the last chance that… the military, their friends got to say goodby to them and then they had to go back out and fight. Also, my dad’s friend is like a grandpa to me. And he, like, showed me his war stories from Vietnam… he just showed me all about that.”: Tyler explained
The word of Tyler’s punishment spread quickly. The backlash at the school was massive, with other students rallying to protest the treatment of their classmate.“The community is standing behind me on this,” Carlin said. “They held a protest.”
Unsurprisingly, Tyler’s parents were certainly not satisfied either. The school changed the boy’s charge from bringing in a fake weapon and causing disturbance to “insubordination”, the family’s attorney confirmed Tyler and his parents are going to fight the charge on record.
As Tyler’s story has got around, more and more people support him. Still, the school district stands in opposition, and are unwilling to remove the suspension and charge from Tyler’s record
Obviously, any school should be cautious when it comes to students bringing in weapons or weapon replicas, but in this case the project had been pre-approved by Tyler’s teacher. His project was a reflection on something that clearly means a great deal to many people.
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