NJ Gun Clubs Threaten Lawsuit Over Lacy Township Students’ Gun Range Photos

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Two students at Lacey Township High-school, NJ were suspended for posting a picture of themselves shooting guns at a private gun range with the caption “fun day at the range”.

Lacey Township NJ – -(Ammoland.com)- Two students at Lacey Township High-school, NJ were suspended for posting a picture of themselves shooting guns at a private gun range with the caption “fun day at the range“. The school's zero tolerance policy says that students cannot be in possession of weapons at any time, whether on or off campus.

Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs today demanded in a lawyer letter that the Lacey Township School District immediately rescind disciplinary actions taken against several students for posting social media photos of themselves near firearms at a target range.

Lacy NJ High School Students Suspended over Gun Range Photos
Lacy NJ High School Students Suspended over Gun Range Photos
Lacey Township School Student Handbook
Lacey Township School Student Handbook

The student handbook in that district provides that students are subject to suspension if they are “reported to be in possession of a weapon of any type for any reason or purpose WHETHER ON OR OFF SCHOOL GROUNDS during the academic year.”

Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs attorney Dan Schmutter penned the lawyer letter, which also demands that the school district rescind its unconstitutional policy, clear the records of the students disciplined, and apologize to the students and their families.

ANJRPC Demand Letter to Lacey NJ Schools Regarding Suspension Of Students with Range Photos.

“Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs is prepared to sue if the school district refuses to do the right thing,” said ANJRPC Executive Director Scott Bach. “Schools do not have the authority to chill the First or Second Amendment rights of their students off of school grounds, and this blatant infringement of constitutional rights will not be tolerated.”

The Lacey Township School District did not reply to our request for comments.

  • 54 thoughts on “NJ Gun Clubs Threaten Lawsuit Over Lacy Township Students’ Gun Range Photos

    1. From Josh (above)
      “The family is probably rich and their shooting buddies are friends with a member that’s a lawyer and they half assed something together with dubious legal reasoning of poorly worded handbook to try to get the kid off the hook for whatever he really did wrong.”
      The school district’s board came up with the policy and printed it in the handbook. The parents didn’t come up with the policy. Forget about what the pupil did or didn’t do over the weekend at the gun range. A cease and desist letter should have been sent when the handbook was first distributed.
      It is time to get a court injunction to stop future stupidity by the school district’s dumbmistration.

    2. The law they specify off campus is not allowed for off campus school activities. “During the Academic Year” in context is obviously just a poor wording of off campus school activities. I wasn’t 100% sure but the fact that they reference the law directly makes me nearly positive.


      “Zero Tolerance for Guns Act,” P.L.1995, c.127 (C.18A:37-7 et seq.), and the disposition, if known, of these pupils by any law enforcement or prosecuting agency. Under this law a pupil “who is convicted or adjudicated delinquent for possession of a firearm or a crime while armed with a firearm or found knowingly in possession of a firearm on any school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored function.

      My speculation is the suspension is related to a threat made by the student(s?) probably in the threat gun is mentioned and this photo might have come up in some context. Regardless of the specifics School administrations will rarely flat out deny something so easily if it’s the full truth. I’d be interested in the full story but the story people are getting mad about is an obvious fabrication. The law office didn’t even do their due diligence to pull up the law mentioned. As they talk about it in my above link like they didn’t even read it/provide the school context behind the law.

      The family is probably rich and their shooting buddies are friends with a member that’s a lawyer and they half assed something together with dubious legal reasoning of poorly worded handbook to try to get the kid off the hook for whatever he really did wrong.

      Without the flat denial I might have figured the school administrations poor wording might have confused someone and they improperly disciplined them, but it’s obvious there is an important part of the story missing. Save your pitchforks for when more information comes out or an actual story. The reporting on this has been abysmal.

    3. I hope the parents sue the schools for everything they have.NJ is one of the top communist states.There is a difference between someone having a good day at the gun range and some kids posting other threatening stuff in which the LE needs to investigate.The school has no legal ground for kids off school property,unless school sanction activity.These school needs to be taught a huge lesson

    4. So this little Hitler type school system is backing their truck up. Good deal except that the ones in charge need to be handed their walking papers without a letter of recognition so some other system doesn’t fall into the trap. They forgot who pays their wages and who their boss is.

    5. I went to the school’s website and pulled their handbook. I can find nothing in the handbook that matches what is posted here. The pages numbers do not add up and neither do the wording. Do we know that this isnt a bad game of “telephone” where someone is starting a rumor to see how far it will go? Because I can find nothing credible to back up this story at all. I noticed that the “cease and desist” letter has been removed as well, Maybe people jumped to conclusions?

      1. The handbook has been changed in the last few days; since this became a legal action against the Lacey School System. They were VERY QUICK in removing the offending, nonsense language and posting the new (but still “in process”) revised handbook. I offer this information as a concerned resident of Lacey, who had 4 children graduate from the HS.

    6. Our forefathers were a lot smarter than we .
      They knew that households with weapons
      made unlikely that an enemy would be successful
      in any attempt at occupation or that a corrupt govt.
      could go unchecked. There are countries in Europe
      who were occupied by the Germans during WW2
      who made laws that every house have a gun, they
      Vowed never to be occupied again. Ironically they
      have the lowest crime rates anywhere.
      The administration needs to be held accountable
      instead of admitting that a mistake was made,the’re
      back tracking and trying to cover it up , and twisting
      their story.If the school board don’t fix it and make it
      for these students they need to be replaced.

      1. That was then, and this is now,John. Unless your Household has access to Attack Helicopters and Armored Vehicles, I suggest that you severely limit your “Red Dawn” activities.

        1. Jim VanCise,
          Your comments to John are irrelevant. He didn’t say or imply anything to bring any sensible person to a Red Dawn conclusion. Interesting that you are not aware US citizens can possess and own armored vehicles, as well as fully automatic weapons.
          In the future perhaps you might think first before posting.

        2. Well, I can’t seem to find where “Hawk” replied to me, so I’ll just write it here. Several of my former students harbor some bizarre hope that they and their buddies will mount some sort of “Red Dawn” activities with their AR’s (I might add that only one of them has any Infantry experience -and I suspect that one either got dropped on his head or is just shootin’ his mouth off). I’m well aware that if you have deep enough pockets you can buy a license for just about anything. I’m also very much aware that you can buy Armored Vehicles (My cousin has his own Tank-the Gun is missing-but I suppose he could buy a license for one if he wanted to) the point is, most folks don’t-and that (plus the enhanced communications equipment and training) makes any Red Dawn Dreams pipe dreams.

    7. I am now in my 60s & living in Lacey Township. When I was growing up, my father was in law enforcement in another part of Ocean County; for just about my entire life. Among my earliest memories are handling his service revolver…I would always ask to “see your gun”, and he never refused me.
      Around 7 years old I began going to the range with him. It wasn’t long before I began shooting myself…with his tutelage (Dad was the department Firearms Instructor, as well as a self-taught gunsmith), I became an expert marksman! I even fired along side Dad & other officers as they trained for interdepartmental competitions. As I grew into ‘teen years, I had my own handgun & would go out shooting with friends. None of us have ever been involved in any crimes of violence, terrorist activities, mass shootings, armed robberies; etc. In fact, one of these old friends of mine is a career custodian in the Lacey School System!
      Its now been many years since I’ve handled a firearm; but i am always hopeful of someday re-establishing the skill. It is both curious and painful to note that behavior such as mine, if repeated in Lacey Township today; would’ve been enough to ultimately get me kicked out of the public school system!
      This is unjust and unrighteous! I hope there will be many, many residents at the BOE meeting on Monday, March 19th, to protest this action!

      1. I’m a retired Social Studies Teacher,Mike . I don’t live in NJ, but I’m sorta shocked that a School District would enact such a Policy-it doesn’t appear to be defensible., Legally. I live in Pennsylvania, and our District has a School Trap Shooting Team (we have won several State Championships, in fact.

      2. FOLLOW-UP: The Lacey school system has surrendered! As per information released today by ANJRPC; the town is “in negotiations” with the students and their families, and has already revised & published a new HS handbook. The ANJRPC has also asked concerned residents “to not aggressively inject themselves” into the situation at this time to allow the “private discussions” to proceed unimpeded. They (the ANJRPC) has promised to closely monitor the situation and keep us all posted.

    8. NJ Another one of the few communist states we have in America.Problem dumbasses of that state keep voting in assholes that does this stuff.School needs sued for millions.That’s the only thing that will break them.

      1. No — you need to SUE THE SCHOOL “OFFICIALS” for 18 U.S. Code § 242 – Deprivation of rights under color of law.

        Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.
        (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 696; Pub. L. 90–284, title I, § 103(b), Apr. 11, 1968, 82 Stat. 75; Pub. L. 100–690, title VII, § 7019, Nov. 18, 1988, 102 Stat. 4396; Pub. L. 103–322, title VI, § 60006(b), title XXXII, §§ 320103(b), 320201(b), title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(H), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 1970, 2109, 2113, 2147; Pub. L. 104–294, title VI, §§ 604(b)(14)(B), 607(a), Oct. 11, 1996, 110 Stat. 3507, 3511.)

      2. It will also make sure that the school administrators don’t abuse the tax paying students and parents who are getting criminally abused by the school system. The policy the last sentence of it clearly states DURING ACADEMIC school year. Academics mean reading, writing and arthmetic. Mean during school hours of Monday through Friday from school start time to school end time only.

        The school has no jurisdiction over NON ACADEMIC school hours which before and after school and the weekends.

        So the school is using threats and intimidation and are kidnapping and falsely imprisoning the boys (since they are under duress and threats to stay in a room all day without going anywhere). They are violating the freedom of speech, 4th amendment to private personal information since I am pretty sure that the school isn’t on the students friends list.. they obtained the social media posts without any search warrant for probable cause from a judge. The parents being responsible citizens were doing the responsible thing and having their sons taught about guns at a licensed range with licensed instructors.

        The school board is committing felony acts against minor children. They need to be charged.

    9. First Full Disclosure: I am, since the year 2000 a “school administrator”. People need to read the “Handbook’ again really closely. These illiterate troglodytic mouth breathers have a policy that forbids student interaction with WEAPONS; not simply guns. So, by this Policy, ANY student who uses a knife, a hammer, or any other object which is at least commonly used as a weapon should immediately face suspension for a year. If the school has a wood shop gives students hammers or allows the lunch to be eaten with any cutlery at all then the administration is culpable in the rules broken by their students. Because more people are killed annually by Hammers than guns. Knives I don’t know the statistics. But my first point is; just about everything has the potential to be used as a weapon. But worse still …Heaven forbid, we suspend the entire student body for a year because thousands of people are murdered each year by human hands alone. And, I would think it’s likely every student has at least one hand. (I am not trying to trigger anyone who may be an amputee or not have two hands. – Sorry, not sorry) But, as the vast majority of students have 2 hands would that be a two-year suspension? And just checking but would you need to “give-up your hands” somehow so you could resume your education after the year or two-year suspension???
      Second point: They are not following their own Handbook Policy from what is written here. The Board would not lessen the punishment (they did) which is very clearly prescribed as a SHALL (that makes for a non-negotiable statement) in the Handbook unless they knew it was wrong in the first place. The strongest place to stand in any argument is unwaveringly on the side of truth. If they are doing what is right there would be no moderation of the sentence to be carried out.
      ~Just sayin’….

      1. The academic school year is Monday through Friday from school start time to school end time… At no other time are students receiving school academic training. The policy clearly states.. DURING ACADEMIC school year or academic school hours. After school hours is not ruled by Schools policies. The boys were exercising their constitutional rights to freedom of speech by posting the picture on NON school social media. They were exercising their rights to learn how to use a firearm under a responsible manner at a legal gun range with legally qualified instructors. The school system using duress and threats against the boys and their families are illegally kidnapping and falsely imprisoning the boys which are criminal offenses each time they are forcing the boys into in school detention. They also are violating the 4th amendment to protect private personal property by gaining illegal assess to the social media posts. I am pretty sure that the school board are NOT on these boys FRIENDS list so by gaining assess to the boys social media without any signed search warrant for probable cause is another constitutional law violation. This school board who are enforcing things during NON ACADEMIC school hours need to be criminally charged, sued by the students and to be fired for committing criminal offenses while on the job illegally using taxpayers money to commit the crimes. This is how I see it. You should not be a school administrator.

    10. Sad,sad,I would LOVE for my son’s school to try that! We shoot together regularly, he’s had his own Mossberg .22 Plinkster since he was 11! I’ve posted several pics over the years ou’d us shooting, guns and bows! I’m so angry for these parents&students, I hope they do not give up, fight for their rights!

    11. Imagine this school rule ” No student may engage in any activity of any type protected by the 1st Amendment, for any reason or purpose WHETHER ON OR OFF SCHOOL GROUNDS during the academic year.”
      How would that be received?
      Of course we all know the 2A doesn’t count.

      1. During academic school year is academic school hours… Academics is reading writing and arthmetic.

        The school has no jurisdiction over NON ACADEMIC school hours, when they are not receiving any academic instructions.

        So the school is falsely imprisoning the boys, kidnapping the boys using threats and duress which are criminal offenses and felonies. Using threats as weapons in my opinion. They obtained the social media posts illegaly without any signed search warrant from a NON school social media site. They are infringing on the boys freedom of speech, 4th amendment rights, plus you have the right to bear arms and the boys parents were doing the responsible thing by having the boys taught how to use guns on a licensed gun range with licensed instructors.

        The school board needs to be charged with the felonies of kidnapping, false imprisonment using threats and harrassment and intimidation and duress and violating these boys constitutional rights protected by law.

    12. In case anyone ever questions who THINKS they OWN your children, this settles all doubt. The schools CANNOT dictate what students do/don’t do 24 hoirs per day everywhere on the planet. WHO elected these school uffishuls as Universal Parents? Methinks they’ve an attitude and value adjustment in their near future.

      If I were the parent of either of those young men, I’d make their suspension permanent. It will cost the school the money they get from the state to “be right”. It will look good on them.

      Of course, no child of mine will EVER find themselves boarding those yellow prison busses, riding for long periods of time to the prisons where their minds and hearts will be filled with political claptrap such as this…. not to mention the utter moral corruption flooding their minds and hearts.

    13. The bad part of this is that the liberal court may find a way to rule for the school system. It’s looking like communism is well and flourishing in this country.

    14. Nothing left to do but sue, sue, sue these unconstitutional idiots. Until these aristocrats learn that politics has no place in our constitutional rights, they need to bleed green. Law will right this wrong, what a tragic sign of the times. I hope this school board/faculty learns their lesson and I sincerely hope every knucklehead administrator behind this decision is terminated.

    15. The gun control debate definitely polarizes people into two camps. If people don’t want guns, then call a constitutional convention and rewrite the second amendment. When I was touring DC I visited the Thomas Jefferson memorial, and I thought I would see something like the constitution is like a rock or the ten commandments never changing always enduring. However was surprised to see Thomas Jefferson state that the constitution has to change as society and people change. (Which makes sense and after some thought made me admired the man even more) As a gun owner if the constitution is changed I would surrender my firearms without question, as that is the law of the people. We can’t pick and choose what part of the constitution is valid and what is not and open it to popular debate and have a simple majority determine how it will be interpreted then have congress enact new laws, they don’t have the authority, as it is reserved to the people by the constitution. What about freedom of the press? I personally believe that televising all these shootings causes more violence. (That is my belief not really backed up by any facts.) So let’s restrict the press from naming the person responsible, bar them from showing a picture of the person and their families. Would probably see these copy kat killings drop saving lives-which both the pro gun and no gun people want. Just saying we start nibbling at the constitution and it never ends, we already have allowed government to invade our privacy over national security concerns, and even though the constitution protects against unlawful searches, somehow we think government is just and always acts in the citizens best interests and history shows us that over time government gets corrupted absolutely, and pretty soon we are all slaves again with no freedoms. In WWII Herman Goering was appointed governor over Germany’s largest state, he formed the Gestapo and recorded without warrant phone conversations of some of his political adversaries to use to his own political advantage. How is this different from what the NSA/CIA is doing today? Can no one see the conflict of interest to allow people to invade everyone’s privacy, and how that opens the door to political corruption. Change the constitution don’t subvert it, it is there for a reason, when we all lose our freedom, I won’t even be able to say, “I told you so.” Yes guns do cause unwanted or viewed as unnecessary death, but sometimes they do save lives as well. I believe that the fact that the US has the second amendment has prevented other countries from subverting their own people as well (not in all cases, but in most) There is if you will a “moral standard” if this goes away it is not only the US that will suffer but the whole world will. Most of us alive today have experienced freedom our whole lives, and have never been deprived of it, once it is gone what is it worth to get it back? Millions dead, pales to the alternatives.

      1. @ Randy C. I hate to burst your bubble but I need to tell you that the Constitution is the law of the land and I do not think it is up for changes. The next thing is your agreement to give up your guns if the change took place. Again, bursting your bubble, the right to defend one’s self is a God given right and no politician can override that. You could very well be a troll, at least about a bubble off level.

    16. My guess is that all students were allowed (encouraged) to participate in Wednesday’s walkout, because to do otherwise would be infringing their First Amendment Rights. But the school eagerly infringes on students’ second amendment rights. Sounds like a winning lawsuit to me.

    17. Dang, that is some real BS. Please sue the Lacey Township School District for this BS. I can’t believe that anyone would trample on the Constitution like that. Maybe the school superintendent needs to go back to school.

    18. The few times my high school tried to extend their “authority” to students outside school hours, away from school facilities, and away from school-sponsored events – the response was simple nonviolent noncompliance.. When met with that – the school always caved and never attempted to forcibly apply their edicts.

    19. THIS is what happens when WE gun owners allow the “LEFTIST/SOCIALIST/COMMUNIST” school boards brain wash our kids into thinking THEY have NO RIGHTS under the CONSTITUTION. For TOO LONG we have sat idle and ignored these leftist policies in our school system. It’s TIME to start standing up of OUR RIGHTS and tell these leftists we will not tolerate any infringement. I am a 7th Generation American whose ancestors fought in the Revolution and the Civil War to defend the Constitution. Should WE do anything less..????????

      1. Ladder, I assume the post below is the one that “didn’t post”? Sometimes it takes a while, occasionally they hit their spam folder or otherwise get flagged for review, at least that is what they have told me. When it happens write to their contact us email address and give them your email address and time that you tried to post. I have had similar issues in the past, but not recently. They also suggest you clear the cache first, before posting.

    20. This NON-COMMON SENSE comes out of a DemocRATic communist/muslem party controlled NJ State.
      No surprise here.
      When will Americans stop allowing these communists to CONTROL them?????

    21. Parents need to remove their children from those schools en mass. When I had a issue with my daughters school 20 years ago, I told them I was taking her to another town’s school, at a cost $5,400 a year to me, and I would be deducing that amount from my annual home property tax payment, they relented. Now a large portion of Lacey Township School District residents need to do the same.

    22. Just wait till baseball season starts. I can’t wait to get pictures of their entire baseball team wielding baseball bats and swinging them with anger and malice. Oh and the softball team.

    23. So the students cannot whittle as stick with a pocket KNIFE, cut their chicken with a kitchen KNIFE, go hunting at all, participate in Boy Scout Archery merit badge activities, participate in 4H camp where they may see a bow and arrow, gut a fish with a KNIFE, etc etc etc. what a stupid policy.

      1. I am being censored. My comments, although strongly stated, have no curse words nor names mentioned. True, I called the ruling elites communists. What do you call a FOWL that waddles when it walks, quacks for vocalization, swim in water and can fly? Same goes for groups of people who want TOTAL CONTROL over others.

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