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VA Beach Students Suspended for Shooting Toy Gun in Own Yard

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VIRGINIA BEACH - Three 7th graders are suspended from school for playing with toy guns while waiting for the school bus.

The kids were shooting airsoft guns on private property 200 feet away from a school bus stop.

One of the boys, 13-year-old Khalid Caraballo, admits he and his friends were shooting plastic pellets at other kids while they waited for the bus. They were in Caraballo's yard at the time.

Police showed up when a neighbor called 911. The school found out and now the boys are suspended until June for using firearms.

"We were in our yard, and this had nothing to do with school," Caraballo says. "I didn't have any of this at the school at any time."

"He is my property, not the school's," says the boy's mother Solangel Carabello, "Until he is in their school and on their bus."

But the school principal says one of the kids hit by the pellets was just ten feet away from the bus stop.

"Because students were on their way to or at a school bus stop when they were struck by pellets, the school division has jurisdiction to take disciplinary actions," he says. "This was a dangerous situation."

Virginia Beach Police are not charging any of the kids, but Carabello worries that having this on his school record, will hurt his chances of getting into a good college.

As for the boys, a hearing is set for January to determine whether to let them back into school.


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