“Severn School officials say they have removed a student from the school after he posted a picture of himself holding a gun, along with a threatening caption, on social media,” capitalgazette.com reports. What did the fox – I mean caption say? “In a letter to parents on Tuesday, Headmaster Doug Lagarde said the student posted the picture on Instagram over the weekend with a caption that read: ‘I could actually kill someone with this gun.'” Unfortunately, the unnamed student forgot to add the Nixonian caveat “but that would be wrong.” “Lagarde said the posting is ‘not appropriate’ and violates Severn’s rules and expectations.” And so . . .
The student, who was not identified, was removed from Severn’s Teel campus in Severna Park on Monday after school officials learned of the photo, Lagarde said. County police were notified . . .
County police spokesman Justin Mulcahy on Thursday said the incident was investigated and it was determined that there was no criminal intent involved, and “no indication that the juvenile was a harm to himself or others.”
No harm, no foul? Not in Severn, Maryland, a private institution of higher learning in the same school district that famously expelled a student for chewing a pop tart into the shape of a gun. And expelled another student for forgetting to remove an unloaded shotgun from his car after a hunting trip. In this case . . .
The student will not be returning to the school, the headmaster said.
“The safety and well-being of our students is and will always be my highest priority,” Lagarde said.
I don’t think that means what Lagarde thinks it means. Or wants other people to think it means.