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September 24th, 2013
11:16 PM ET

Piers Morgan interviews two Virginia seventh graders suspended for using pellet guns

With perspective weapons legislation continuing to divide the nation, on Tuesday evening "Piers Morgan Live" shared the story of two Virginia seventh graders who have been uniquely impacted by the intense scrutiny surrounding America's gun debate.

Aidan Clark and Khalid Caraballo were each served long-term suspension for shooting pellet guns, despite the fact that their target practice took place on private property.

"I'm just appalled that they enforce bullying and here they are, attacking my son. I couldn't even believe [it,]" said Solangel Caraballo, Khalid's mother, as part of Tuesday's live interview. "I'm aware that my son has had some incidents, but that doesn't mean he deserves this harsh punishment. He deserves to go to school."

According to Tim Clark, Aiden's father, the two boys were engaged in an innocuous activity amongst their peers, with no intent to hurt anyone, and no idea they were violating any school policies:

"They made a plan to show up at the house with the sole intention of all playing the game of chasing each other around with it. Every single one of the boys was hit at one time or another," he told Piers Morgan, while joining the program via satellite from Virginia. "They thought it was a game. They thought it was alright because they weren't on school property or on school time."

Watch the clip for more of the conversation between Morgan, the two boys, and their parents, and hear the host's conclusion which includes the notion that "in this case, I can't help thinking the school has gone a bit too far." For the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live, watch CNN at 9 p.m.
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  1. richard

    schools have NO say in what children do when not on school property or at a school function. this school infringed on the parents legal rights to raise their children how they wish.

    September 24, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tesla

      Seriously?

      I know what they were doing. Pellet guns, running around, all of them got hit?

      It's called airsofting. Airsoft guns shoot plastic bbs. It's like paintball.

      Are we really going here? Are we really going back to moral panics over kids having fun? And what the F*** is the school doing getting involved, when it occurred no where near the schools property nor during school?

      J3sus, Mary, and Joseph, are we this f***ing stupid, America?

      September 24, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • 445wp

      Sure the school has all the rights to take necessary steps from students getting hurt. School bus area anywhere is the school's jurisdictions. These two boys maybe in their own yard but they hurt kids in a school's jurisdiction same difference
      if they step into the school campus. These trouble boys are capable of anything, they are threat to our society. You can expect another school shooting with these kids. Parents wake up!

      September 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. max

    A man saved the lives of many by useing his gun at the mall nothing was said odd right?

    September 25, 2013 at 1:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • 445wp

      There's is a BIG difference. Saved versus intentional hurting human.

      September 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Robert

    Piers: Air guns CAN be lethal: my uncle was permanently blinded in one eye by an air gun. And these boys, according to the story, were shooting at others close to a school bus stop. Whether the school should be able to legally suspend them is arguable - but what is amazing is that the parents are DEFENDING the behavior rather than condemning it. Yet another sad example of parents neglecting their responsibilities. Piers, you needed to ask the parents a few tough questions, not softballs.

    September 25, 2013 at 4:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Michael

      Robert you really sound like a punk when did America become this soft overly sensitive country. Wow they were shooting pellet guns who cares they weren't doing it to harm anyone. I bet you would want every little kid to get a trophy in little league or no kid to feel failure. Shut up and worry about your own kids and the softies they will grow up to be. I'm sure you have shot a bb gun or pellet gun in your time. It is absolutely sickening this is what our country has become absolutely sickening.

      September 25, 2013 at 8:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • 445wp

        Totally agree!

        September 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • 445wp

      Totally agree with you there Robert.

      September 25, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. brasstacs

    The mindlessness from these schools,is staggering...Suspending these boys for playing with a harmless Air soft toy gun that shoots soft plastic BB's that are not the same as the BB projectiles used in BB guns. These air soft BB's present no harm to anyone...But further...What these kids do off school property is none of the schools business,but only the business of their parents,and parents everywhere should be outraged.regardless what they're politics are ..This is further proof that our schools are more more being used for indoctrination for a political agenda..and our educational system is becoming more like the educational system of communist countries,where students are being "conditioned" to believe in a certain way through the use of propaganda,and this cannot be tolerated.

    September 25, 2013 at 8:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. justin hysell

    no i do not that is just plain crazy

    September 25, 2013 at 9:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. tab

    OK the boys need to be suspended for the whole year they were waiting for the school bus shooting each other with pellet guns,and if they have them waiting for the bus means they were gonna bring the guns to school n they could of shot a student at school

    September 25, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • brasstacs

      Tab...That's ridicules...These kids were in their own yard playing with a harmless air soft gun...a toy..and it's none of the schools damned business what these kids were doing in their own yard..And the absurd assumption that these kids would bring that toy gun to school is over the top mindless...What would this school do if a parent takes his/her kid target shooting with a real gun and the school found out about it,oooohhhh..would they try to control that too ?? I wouldn't doubt it for one second,,The people have to stand up indoctrination tyranny,and take charge in what and how these schools are teaching their kids.

      September 25, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. max

    Africa is a gun free zone still they got the guns. Still there was one man that had a gun beside the bad guy and he saved 100 people he keep going back in and bring people out. So what about that morgan?

    September 25, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. worldcares

    Schools don't enforce bullying.
    Parents allow it

    September 26, 2013 at 5:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. worldcares

    You should have printed my previous comment but I guess it was too controversial. I guess truth does not matter when it comes to Journalism.

    September 26, 2013 at 5:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. worldcares

    Piers, you should follow up and report on the comment I made that you did not print.
    Truth matters. That happened 20 years ago before home computers and cellphones.
    Follow up on this, please.

    September 26, 2013 at 5:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Dianalys R.

    Delaney has really messed up this year as a principle for my school. my friends are in middle school and are boys of course there gonna be boys. who hasn't played with toy guns!!?? like for real tell me that. hope to see you soon friends :((( this is just so crazy...... p.s toy guns are my life to.

    September 27, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Dishrag

    Khalid and Aidan have refused to take any responsibility or to have any accountability for their present and even past behavior. These two 12 year olds have already racked up significant discipline records, yet profess innocence and excuses for all of it. Their version of this story as well as previous incidents are heralded as the gospel while school administrators are the liars. Really? Do people actually believe that the school has been conspiring against them for the last year? That unarmed kids would purposely join an "airgun war" and be sitting ducks in the line of fire? That teachers with 120 students and administrators with 1700 have nothing better to do than to target these two innocent, upstanding young boys? That 6 different times Khalid was wrongfully disciplined? These kids obviously have not learned that they are accountable for their actions. After this circus, how can anyone expect that they ever will? They have twisted the facts in this case and blatantly lied. They are able to get away with it because Piers and viewers take them at their word and do not take the time to inquire, to research or to think critically. Piers Morgan, have you heard of journalistic integrity? You should report the facts- and question the fairy tale these kids are telling. These "victims" are reveling in your ignorance.

    September 27, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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