KALISPELL (AP) — A 16-year-old Columbia Falls High School student faces expulsion after inadvertently bringing an unloaded hunting rifle to school.

Shortly after school officials announced on Dec. 1 that contraband-sniffing dogs were at school, she remembered the rifle in her car trunk and told the school secretary. The secretary said she would get the message to the principal.

Not long after, assistant principal Scott Gaiser told her she was suspended and faced at least a 21-day expulsion. A hearing is set for Monday night.

The federal Guns-Free Schools Act sets a one-year expulsion in such cases, but allows trustees to modify the term of the expulsion on a case-by-case basis.

Superintendent Michael Nicosia says the administration won’t recommend a yearlong suspension.

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Realist
Realist

This is a load of anti 2nd Amendement BS.
The kid is hunting in Montana. The firearm was locked in her trunk. She told the "authorities" who were shaking down the school for drugs probably.

She should have NO suspension, and actually should be applauded for her citizenship.
Stop this Washington DC imposed political correct doo-doo!

Goldstein84
Goldstein84

This is Montana. Rifles happen. If this girl went ahead and volunteered the information, she is entitled to avoiding expulsion.

helenros
helenros

This is why zero-tolerance policies make no sense at all. This girl was not a threat. I would think a brief in-school suspension would be suffucuent to get the message across without jeopardizing her education over a thoughtless mistake.

funnyguy
funnyguy

What is this, California?

Agent Smack
Agent Smack

Stop tolerating zero tolerance policies!

alwaysright
alwaysright

Way to go Columbia Falls ... Way to fail at teaching the girl accountability and honesty by suspending her.

Schools have become an active demonstration of how NOT to raise our youth.

Right on Agent Smack! Americans should develop a zero-tolerance for zero-tolerance policies. One punishment fit NEVER fits all scenarios.

FrankD
FrankD

How many "Home Schoolers" are breaking this law every day? And besides, this is Montana, are we really going to let the US Government tell us what to do?

steeline
steeline

Oh boy Obama and his screwed up associates or who ever came up with this law. I can see if the girl had the gun out and was in the process of shooting folks that there should be some form of action. She is a victim of out of control government. Next time she will just keep still and hope the goonies don't find the gun. This story is a classic example of how to teach the kids to not be truthful, sorta like our government. Remember this on election day.

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