Rosedale, MD — As the country attempts to restart the public education process which was brought to its knees during the COVID-19 lockdown in March, there is no shortage of hurdles to both families and teachers. However, the following case illustrates how many of these hurdles are unnecessarily created because of the tendency of the system to rely on the police state and fear. A family’s home was raided recently after a kid’s toy guns were seen hanging on the wall during virtual learning.
Courtney Lancaster, the mother of the fifth grader who had his own principal snitch on him in June for an obvious toy gun, told Project Baltimore that the day cops visited their home was the most unbelievable day of her life. For weeks after the incident, Lancaster fought to get the details of why cops came to her home that day, but the school refused to cooperate.
Now, Lancaster, with the help of Project Baltimore, has obtained the 911 call showing how this most ridiculous nanny state “see something, say something” incident began. The 911 call is as follows.
“My name is Jason Feiler. I’m the principal at Seneca Elementary School. Today, during one of our online meetings there was a student, who we could see there were weapons in the background, possibly real weapons. It looked like a shotgun or a rifle in the background.” The principal continued, “It could be fake. You can tell Nerf guns and things like that. It definitely did not have that look to it.” He went on to say in the call, “We still have to follow whatever rules we would have in the building.”
Thanks to an irrational fear of guns and an overwhelming ignorance of what they look like, the principal’s call resulted in police being immediately dispatched and sent to the family’s home. The idea that “gun free zones” extend off campus into virtual classroom environments inside the private property of a family is shocking to say the least. Nevertheless, police were called out to the home.
Luckily for the Lancaster family, the cops who showed up to their home were kind and rational. When they came to the door, they told the mother that because they received a call from school, they would have to be allowed to observe the boy’s room.
As WBFF reports, shortly after the 911 call, police responded to Lancaster’s home to search her son’s bedroom for weapons. The police body camera footage, obtained by Fox45, shows as soon as the officer enters the boy’s bedroom, he immediately realizes the guns, hanging on a pegboard, were not firearms, they were BB guns and toys.
“Ma’am, I definitely apologize for bothering you,” said the officer while inside the boy’s room. “I had more than you when I was a kid.”
Lancaster was floored that the school would sic police on her family based on the obvious toy guns in her son’s room. So, for months, according to WBFF, Lancaster and her attorney have been trying to get information from Baltimore County Public Schools. They want to know who took the screen shot of the BB guns that led to the 911 call? Who determined the guns were a threat? And why wasn’t the family called first? County Schools is not cooperating.
“I pay tax dollars, they work for me. They work to serve a public school system that I put my trust in.” said Lancaster. “And why haven’t I heard from them at all? Why haven’t I had an apology?”
“I think what happened to my family was a total invasion of privacy,” said Lancaster, who noted that an apology would have prevented the lawsuit she is now filing against the school system.
“I entrust the greatest possession that I have with them and they have failed,” said Lancaster.