Do me a favor. I know generosity is in short supply these days, but hear me out.
The next time you find yourself thinking, “the world could not possibly get any dumber,” take it back. Because it appears that the universe is listening, and that things can, in fact, get dumber.
A family in Baltimore experienced that firsthand after police officers came and raided their 11-year-old son’s bedroom after a BB gun was seen hanging on his wall through a webcam during a virtual school event.
Let me explain. No, scratch that – there’s no explaining this idiocy. Let me mock it.
Courtney Lancaster Sperry, a Navy veteran, says a cop actually showed up at her door and told her he was there to investigate after someone reported her son for having weapons hanging on his bedroom wall, which the snitch apparently saw while her son was attending an online learning event thanks to the COVID-19 shutdown.
“So, I answered the door. The police officer was, he was very nice. He explained to me that he was coming to address an issue with my son's school,” Courtney told Project Baltimore. “And then explained to me that he was here to search for weapons, in my home. And I consented to let him in. And then I, unfortunately, stood there and watched police officers enter my 11-year-old son's bedroom.”
Courtney said her son is a boy scout who likes to shoot BB guns and has been learning archery, and that he’s got several bows and BB guns mounted on his wall. After contacting the school post-home raid, she was told that someone took a screenshot of her son’s wall during the virtual learning event after they saw the bows and guns. The photo was turned over to the principal of Seneca Elementary, who gave it to the school resource officer, who it turn notified the police. Courtney said she wasn't contacted until a cop was standing at her door asking to be let in.
Courtney says the principle initially told her the incident was akin to her son bringing a gun into the classroom.
“I felt violated as a parent, for my child, who's standing there with police officers in his room, just to see the fear on his face,” she said.
She explained the search took about 20 minutes and turned up zero law violations. Now, she's in contact with the local school board over the issue, saying her family felt "violated."
“So, what are the parameters? Where are the lines drawn? If my son is sitting at the kitchen island next to a butcher block, does that constitute a weapon? It's not allowed at school, right? So, would my home then be searched because he's sitting next to a butcher block,” Courtney said. “I feel like parents need to be made aware of what the implications are, what the expectations are.”
Watch the local news report about this lunacy here: