Kyle Kashuv survived the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The massacre breathed new life into the gun-control movement and led to countless protests and walk-outs across the country. Despite seeing the carnage first hand, Kashuv still supported the 2nd Amendment even though he had never held a firearm.
April 21, 2018Rather than succumbing to pressure from his peers and the media, Kyle decided to learn more about the issue first hand. He visited a firing range with his father and took an introductory course with a shooting instructor. He shared his experience on Twitter, which made some of his classmates “very upset.” Shortly after sharing a few photos and videos of the trip, Kyle was contacted by his principal. Some of his fellow students had seen his tweet and reported it to the school. The principal took Kyle aside and told him that the post was upsetting his peers. Kyle was requried to speak with an “armed school resource officer” before he could return to class, reports the Daily Wire.
It was great learning about our inalienable right of #2A and how to properly use a gun. This was my first time ever touching a gun and it made me appreciate the #Constitution even more. My instructor was very informative; I learnt a lot. #2A is important and we need 2 preserve 2A pic.twitter.com/4rcOZbpl88— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) April 21, 2018
“Near the end of third period, my teacher got a call from the office saying I need to go down and see a Mr. Greenleaf,” Kyle explains. “I didn’t know Mr. Greenleaf, but it turned out that he was an armed school resource officer. I went down and found him, and he escorted me to his office.”
“I asked whether I could record the interview. They said no.”
“Then a second security officer walked in and sat behind me. Both began questioning me intensely. First, they began berating my tweet, although neither of them had read it; then they began aggressively asking questions about who I went to the range with, whose gun we used, about my father, etc. They were incredibly condescending and rude.”
“Then a third officer from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office walked in, and began asking me the same questions again,” said Kashuv. “At that point, I asked whether I could record the interview. They said no. I asked if I had done anything wrong. Again, they answered no. I asked why I was there. One said, ‘Don’t get snappy with me, do you not remember what happened here a few months ago?’”
“I was treated like a criminal for no reason other than having gone to the gun range and posted on social media about it.”
“They continued to question me aggressively, though they could cite nothing I had done wrong,” Kyle continued. “They kept calling me “the pro-Second Amendment kid.” I was shocked and honestly, scared. It definitely felt like they were attempting to intimidate me.”
Fellow 2A supporters took to social media to support Kyle. “This is outrageous,” wrote AG_Conservative. “Instead of looking for solutions or holding their own department accountable for countless fialures Broward Sheriff’s officers are now harassnig kids with views they don’t like.”
Facts matter. I wish the facts of guns were more known. We need to educate the public and show them why they NEED the 2A. pic.twitter.com/HzjEx9LH2r— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) April 21, 2018