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Two Kids May Be Expelled For Firing Airsoft Guns

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A mother in Virginia Beach is outraged that the city public school system suspended her twelve-year-old son and his friend because they were firing a spring-driven airsoft gun on her family's private property.

Solangel Caraballo says that the two boys may even be expelled and not allowed to return to the school for at least a year.

The trouble began two weeks ago when a neighbor called 911 to report seeing 12-year-old Khalid Caraballo using the airsoft gun for target-shooting in his yard. The airsoft guns use plastic pellets.

Right around that time, Khalid said he and his friend shot some other friends during "an airsoft gun war," but says the two boys who were shot weren't hurt.

The school district says that an investigation found the children were firing pellet guns at each other and at people near the bus stop. Khalid denies they were near the bus stop.

"We were in our yard. This had nothing to do with school. I didn't have anything of this at school. Anytime," said Khalid.

The city code reads, "No person shall... Discharge any firearm, spring-propelled rifle or pistol... within... 150 yards of any building."

And "No person shall use a pneumatic gun except at approved shooting ranges or within private property."

However, the code also requires shooting with "permission of the owner."

Khalid did not have his mother's permission to shoot the gun on the family's property.

"He disobeyed me and that is a home issue," Caraballo emphasized. "Including my son, he is private property to me. He is not the school's property until he goes to school and gets on the bus"

The school district scheduled a hearing to take up the issue of whether the boys should be expelled.

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