18 November 2007

Gail Pletnik, Rick Haney & Anthony Capuano

Arizona Revised Statutes

3. "Explosive" means any dynamite, nitroglycerine, black powder or other similar explosive material, including plastic explosives. Explosive does not include ammunition or ammunition components such as primers, percussion caps, smokeless powder, black powder and black powder substitutes used for hand loading purposes. [my emphasis]

4. "Firearm" means any loaded or unloaded handgun, pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun or other weapon that will expel, is designed to expel or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive. Firearm does not include a firearm in permanently inoperable condition.
Arizona Department of Education:
Destructive Device: A category of firearm that includes an explosive, combustible or poisonous gas. This includes bombs, grenades, mines and rockets. Any type of weapon (other than a shotgun or a shotgun shell which is generally recognized as particularly suitable for sporting purposes) which will, or which may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant; and which has any barrel with a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter, and any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into a destructive device or from which a destructive device may be readily assembled. The term “destructive device” shall not include any device which is neither designed nor redesigned for use as a weapon. (Paraphrased from: 18 USC 921) [my emphasis]
Willow Canyon High School Student Handbook
Dangerous Instruments/Explosive Devices means anything that under the circumstances in which it is used, attempted to be used, or threatened to be used, is readily capable of causing physical injury.
17-year-old disciplined for shotgun shells at school
To beat the bell, she said she took a shortcut and parked in a visitors-only lot closest to the school. The guard spotted the shells while ticketing her for parking in the non-student area....

"They searched me and they searched my car," she said.

Searchers discovered that Peters had cigarettes in the car, an offense also punishable by suspension. Though Peters technically violated three school rules, she was punished only for the shells, according to a Dysart disciplinary-incident form sent home with Peters.
Dad wants skeet-shooting daughter cleared
The father of an accomplished Willow Canyon High School skeet shooter has filed a formal complaint with the Dysart Unified School District regarding his daughter's suspension for mistakenly leaving shotgun shells in her car.

The complaint could be heard and decided at the district board level....

The complaint would likely be decided on by Dysart Superintendent Gail Pletnick, according to district policy.

If deemed necessary, the district board would be called on to make a decision within 10 days of Pletnick's review.
17-Year-Old Future Olympian Disciplined For Shotgun Shells In Vehicle
The 17-year-old Peters -- one of only 18 athletes in the nation to attend this year's Junior Olympic shooting camp in Colorado Springs, CO -- practices 12 hours a week and has won many trophies. Peters said that her hectic practice schedule and the fact that she was running late on the morning in question were to blame for her forgetting to remove the shells from her vehicle.
Capuano could have disciplined her for cigarettes and parking in the wrong lot, but the only charge was based on two unopened boxes of shotgun shells locked in her vehicle? Haney could have swapped the reason for discipline and didn't?

This isn't even close. Pletnik, expunge her record. Now!

Education administrators can be the stupidest people.

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