This case is a perfect example of what might happen if red flag laws are instituted. It perfectly shows how a person can be left with no recourse after someone else files an anonymous tip.
According to The Daily Wire, A 16-year-old, Nathan Myers, a Colorado high school student has been suspended from school after going shooting with his mother. In preparation for the trip, the teen posted a snap of a few of the guns they were going to shoot and captioned it, “Finna be lit.”
An unknown person at his school filed a tip on the states “Safe-2-Tell” hotline. Police investigated went to the teen’s house and talked to his father who told them that the teen was at a shooting range with his mother. the officers saw everything was fine and left.
The family thought that was the end of it, but they were wrong. They were then informed by the school that their son was suspended until the school investigated the incident.
“I called to ask why I couldn’t go, and they said it was a safety concern because the student who reported it was scared I was going to shoot up the school,” Nathan said.
The teen now needs to attend a “threat assessment hearing” which is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.
Rally for Our Rights‘ Lesley Hollywood spoke with Justine, as well as two different Second Amendment attorneys and found that the school “is legally within their rights at this time.”
“According to the attorneys, the school has a protocol that must be followed when a report of a threat comes in through Safe 2 Tell or other means, even if the report is completely false – and there is nothing parents or students can legally do about it, even with a lawyer,” she reports.
So now Nathan is forced to miss school for almost a week while he waits on his hearing. This highlights the problem with Red Flag Laws.
Complete Colorado reached out to Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams to get his reaction to the situation. After he reviewed the snap and the reaction from the school he said the following.
“This is exactly the mechanics of the Red Flag Law,” Reams told the outlet. “Someone filed an anonymous complaint, without the other person knowing it was being filed, but instead of him being deprived of his Second Amendment rights, he’s being deprived of his ability to go to school without due process.”
The teen simply “exercised his First Amendment right to use his Second Amendment right,” said Reams, adding, “I hope this doesn’t make him fear that in the future.”
People supporting Red Flag Laws should take situations like this seriously. It shows that good intentions can and will be unjust if proper safeties are not put in place to protect peoples freedoms.